Five Books from Ladybird

Five Books from Ladybird

Hello and welcome to the second in my five books series. This week is the turn of Jess from Babi a Fi. I’ll admit this is a theme close to my own heart as I remember many an hour spent with my dad reading some of these books when I was a child and the first book in particular is a book I have been thrilled to share with Mr D and Miss E many times already.

So… over to Jess (affiliate links contained)

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Finding out I was pregnant was the perfect excuse to start collecting classic Ladybird books. It’s so fun to be able to read my daughter stories I loved as a kid – and they look really cute on her nursery bookcase!

1 – Five Little Kittens
Part of the 401 Rhyming Stories series, this one was my absolute favourite Ladybird book as a child. It tells the story of five little kittens who are left home alone while their mother goes shopping, and get into all kinds of mischief even though they do try to be good. It was the first story I read to Marianna when she was still on NICU, and she still loves it even now.

2 – Wolf and the Seven Little Kids
The ‘Well Loved Tales’ is probably the most famous of all the Ladybird book series – it’s the one with all the gorgeously illustrated fairy tales. I especially loved The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids when I was little, because it was just a tiny bit scary, with a big wolf who came along and ate all the kiddies. He was eventually outwitted, of course, and everyone (bar the wolf) lived happily ever after.

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3 – HOW IT WORKS: The Telephone
The ‘How It Works’ series explained to children how everyday items like the camera, and not so everyday items like the rocket ship, worked. My favourite is The Telephone book from 1972, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot when it comes to explaining how the modern telephone works. It’s really fascinating seeing how they used to work though, and will be perfect for explaining to Marianna how we communicated back in the dark ages…

4 – How to Make Presents
Ladybird did quite a few books on how to make toys, dolls, games and puppets back in the 1970s. The best one was clearly 1978’s How To Make Presents – although how happy the recipient will be with their present is anyone’s guess!

5 – Superman: Double Trouble
The most modern book on the list, 1989’s Superman Double Trouble is a great example of Ladybird’s character releases. They do everything from Thomas the Tank Engine to Peppa Pig, but their superhero line not only appeals to Marianna – it keeps her comics loving daddy happy at story time too. 🙂


Thank you to Jess for sharing her five ladybird books – do you have any of the classic ladybird books? If you’d like to share your five books then do get in touch – email to






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  1. 18th November 2016 / 12:50

    Thanks so much for featuring me – it was so fun to write about all my fave Ladybird books! 🙂

  2. 21st November 2016 / 07:31

    I loved Tootles the Taxi when I was little, my mum still has it. I also read and reread my copy of Florence Nightingale. I loved her story and wanted to be a nurse when I grew up (which never happened!).


  3. 21st November 2016 / 09:48

    These are lovely collections. Reminds me of when T was a little one. She’s not so little anymore and has moved on to books for “bigger girls” (whatever that means 😉

  4. 21st November 2016 / 12:40

    What a lovely step back in time – and what a lovely selection there I feel all nostalgic!

    • 21st November 2016 / 20:05

      thank you – there are some great ones on there, aren’t there?

  5. 21st November 2016 / 20:10

    I have always loved this collection of books. When my kids were younger and all they years ago when I was little 🙂

  6. 21st November 2016 / 22:07

    What a sweet idea for a post.
    I can’t remember any specific ladybird books but I do remember I loved reading them when I was little x

  7. 22nd November 2016 / 01:02

    Wow I remember Ladybird books although not these classics so I will have to check them out. Definitely a trip down memory lane.

  8. sarahmo3w
    22nd November 2016 / 06:32

    What a lovely read! I would totally have forgotten about the Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, but as soon as I saw the cover I knew that I’d had that book when I was little!
    Not so sure anyone would be pleased with their gifts from the present book – the thing on the front looks seriously scary!

  9. 22nd November 2016 / 09:08

    What a lovely collection of books, I’m not sure if I remember these ones from growing up though.

  10. cvnxena
    22nd November 2016 / 10:33

    five little kittens sounds interesting because we enjoy rhyming books. We are into books and reading at the moment with encouraging toddler reading so I love rediscovering new titles!

  11. 24th November 2016 / 21:18

    What a great idea for a series. #readwithme

  12. 27th November 2016 / 23:46

    I know I had some Ladybird books like this when I was little but I can’t remember what they were! They are really lovely books 🙂 #readwithme

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