I grew up with Ladybird books…

Ladybird books and Pink Lining Competition

I grew up with Ladybird books.  I had some for learning to read, some for doing maths, fact books about coal miners and electricity, books about things to make and do, and loads of fairy stories. I love the old ones - the covers are beautifully illustrated. The one I most remember is “The Princess and the Pea”; the cover had a picture of the great pile of mattresses that the princess slept on.  And the one called “Things to make” which required an unlimited supply of toilet rolls.  And - I would never allow this now - my copy of “Addition made easy” has writing in it!

So why not try and win a Ladybird book and a beautiful Pink Lining child's satchel too...

Pink Lining in partnership with Ladybird books recently asked me to tell you all about their Bedtime Stories competition.  Details can be found here (http://www.pinklining.com/uk/competition-book-club

For more read on...

Pink Lining is inviting parents to tell them what their favourite bedtime book to read to their child is, along with a brief synopsis and why they love it by Monday, 16th December. Pink Lining will hand-pick nine lucky competition winners who will each receive a beautiful Pink Lining Child’s Picture Satchel Bag (www.pinklining.com/uk/pl-child/picture-satchel) and a fantastic Ladybird book, which they will be asked to write a short review of to feature on the brand new Pink Lining blog, PL Pinboard (www.pinklining.com/uk). 

So what do I read to my children at bedtime?  Well, they are 12 and 14 now, however when they were younger we read anything and everything but our favourites were “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Gruffalo”, the Katie Morag stories, “Dig Dig Digging” and “The Man on the Moon”.  Then we moved on to a chapter of a novel every night - we loved “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” and “Treasure Island” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

So why not tell Pink Lining which stories you like at bedtime and be in with a chance to win a prize this Christmas.  Click here to enter.

Look out for my post all about Christmas Books coming soon...

And a review of a fantastic new Ladybird book...

This post was sponsored by Pink Lining and Ladybird books.


  1. Hi,
    I am a secondary school teacher with a daughter in Year 6. As I sit and type this I am watching a programme on BBC 4 all about Ladybird Books. I also grew up with them and I looked through a selection in an Antique shop yesterday. I loved them and still do. My daughter has some of the more recent ones but the illustrations are not the same. However, we have been able to find some original versions and we shall not be getting rid of them any time soon. It is a pity that the books I grew up with have since been thrown out (not by me). Loved reading your post which I found via Google.
    Merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Indigo Blue! I caught the end of the BBC4 programme last night and will watch it properly over the holiday. I'm lucky my Mum kept all our books so I still have lots of the old ones. A Merry Christmas to you too!