Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

Mummy through the decades

Recently I’ve been taking a closer look at how family members are shown across the decades in Ladybird Book. ‘Mummy’ in the 40s 50s and even 60s is often a very glamorous creature – very slender and with wonderfully coiffered…

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Art, Society, Trivia

It never rains in Ladybird Land

Recently it has been raining.  You may have noticed.Raining a lot. Of course, it never rains in Ladybird Land.  Ladybird Land is a place of eternal spring flowers and sunny picnics and games with boats down by the friendly river….

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History, Reading schemes

Remembering William Murray

As the recent documentary on Ladybird Books made clear, William Murray, creator – with McNally – of Peter and Jane, was a commited educationalist.  His methodical, scientific approach  to the teaching of literacy was what first enthused Douglas Keen and…

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Maidstone Museum: A Ladybird Childhood

Maidstone Museum’s new exhibition: A Ladybird Childhood is having its preview tonight and opening tomorrow.  I’d love to go to the preview – but it’s just to far from Hertfordshire in Friday evening traffic.  I’m sure I’ll make it down…

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Review of the week and new year’s resolution

It’s very satisfying to see the steep climb in visits to my website following the Timeshift Ladybird Books documentary last week. The programme led me to review my website and to realise how horribly neglected it has been in recent…

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