The Ladybird Books Story

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I loved Ladybird books as a child and last night’s BBC4 programme, The Ladybird Books Story: How Britain Got the Reading Bug, brought back wonderful memories of learning to read with Peter and Jane and What to Look For in Summer.

I hadn’t realised quite what an impact they had on children’s book publishing and there are fantastic clips in the programme of the original Ladybird displays in book shops and the handwritten letters of gratitude from the book shops to the publishers. If you fancy a bit of bookish nostalgia, you have seven more days to catch the programme on the BBC web site!

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