Ladybird Books

Another new discovery while browsing the web today was the vintage British Ladybird Books. First published during World War I, the company expanded and begin publishing colorful and inexpensive educational books after the second World War. Well-known authors and artists were commissioned to write and illustrate books on nature, geography, history and religion; a complete history can be found here.

While the website indicates that these books were translated into over sixty languages and sold internationally, I can't say that I've ever seen them here in the U.S. (though, granted, they were a bit before my time!). Nonetheless, they are absolutely charming and seem to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The Wee Web is an excellent site for exploring Ladybird Books further, as is Boys and Girls: A Ladybird Book of Childhood.

Next, I discovered Ladybird Prints ~ a website containing over 4,000 prints from the Ladybird Books, available to purchase as prints and canvasses. There are prints available in such diverse categories as Adventure, History, Hobbies & Crafts, Religion, Science & Space, The Natural World, and so on. I can easily picture prints from the science books in the twins' bedroom, while the nature prints would be well-suited to our school room.

I also came across a cute line of products from Wild & Wolf that utilize the vintage prints. For example, how cute is this mug?!

The products can be found at Mulberry Hall, as well as other online British retailers.


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