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Ladybird Series 691

Series 691:

A super collection of 7 books about mammals from different regions.

None of the books were produced with a dust wrapper. 

Ladybird Series 663 & 671

Series 663:

A short series containing only two books which detail the history of Britain from earliest times to our present day.

Neither book was produced with a dust wrapper. 

Ladybird Series 662

Series 662:

A delightful collection of 7 books about music and the performing arts.

None of the books were produced with dust wrappers. 

Ladybird Series 654

Series 654:

A great collection of 14 books about 'How It Works'.

This is an informative series giving the science behind much of our modern technology. None of the books were produced with dust wrappers. 

Ladybird Series 651

Series 651:

This series contains 9 books about nature including plants, animals, birds and insects.

None of the books were produced with dust wrappers.

Ladybird Series 641

Series 641:

Commonly known as the Peter and Jane books.

The Key Word books were devided into 3 grades: A, B and C, with each grade having 12 books.

Ladybird Series 634

Series 634:

The 'Learnabout' series of over 30 titles.

Some titles were borrowed from other series, or reprinted from previous series.

Ladybird Series 633

Series 633:

An interesting collection of 24 books about things to make and do! Published between 1940 and 1980.

Only the first book was produced with a dust wrapper.

Ladybird Series 612 & 618

Series 612:

A nice collection of 3 books looking at traditional prayers and hymns for children.

Only the first 2 books were produced with dust wrappers. 

Ladybird Series 606 E, F & G

Series 606E:

An 'easy-reading' series. A collection of 3 books discussing the important nationalised industries of that time.

None of the books were produced with dust wrappers.

Ladybird Series 606D

Series 606D: An ‘easy-reading’ series.

This popular collection of fairy tales has delighted countless children and parents alike!

The series originally contained 27 stories, although many additional books and edited versions were later produced. Only the first book was produced with a dust wrapper. 

Ladybird Series 606 A, B & C

Series 606A: An ‘easy-reading’ series.

This is the second series that Ladybird produced based on the bible.

The series contained 11 books. Only the first 5 books were produced with dust wrappers.

Ladybird Series 601

Series 601:

An interesting collection of 27 books discussing the achievements of man.

Only the first 9 books were produced with a dust wrapper.

Ladybird Series 584

Series 584:

This series of 6 books was mostly concerning transport.

However, several of the books were reprinted with different covers or contents making it a surprisingly difficult series to collect!

Ladybird Series 561

Series 561: This is the largest series that Ladybird produced.

The series was called ‘Adventures from history’. Each book contained a mini biography of someone influential from history.

Originally the series contained 19 books. A further 31 books were added to the series after dust wrappers were discontinued. 

Ladybird Series 536

Series 536: 

This is one of the larger series containing 14 books originally and later an additional 13 books.

All the books were based on nature topics.

Ladybird Books - Your questions answered

Which Ladybird books should I collect?

As a budding collector, always collect books that you and your family will love, possibly a series that you remember from your own nursery bookshelf! You will have much more enthusiasm for the job, and it makes our work as book sellers far more enjoyable when we see the books going to a good home! Also, decide on your budget before you start collecting. Ladybird books vary widely in their price, as does the quantity of books in each series. Two of the most popular series for collecting are 606D (Well Loved Tales) and 561 (Adventure From History).

How many Ladybird series are there?

Although Wills & Hepworth produced several larger books prior to 1940, the first series printed in what is generally viewed as the standard Ladybird format was series 401. Including this series, Wills & Hepworth produced 6 different series in the 1940's. This included the elusive 417 (Wonk) and the exceptionally scarce 474 (Tasseltip Tales).

In the 1950's, Wills & Hepworth broadened their subject matter including series about history, nature and travel. They also printed a book called The Impatient Horse which is now one or the rarest Ladybird books to source. In total, 8 series were printed in the 1950's.

Ladybird Series 522

Series 522: This series originally contained 10 books, all of which were religious stories.

Later, 2 additional books were added to the series.

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Ladybird Series 497

Series 497: Originally, a lovely selection of 10 books, all of which were animal stories.

Later, 6 additional books were added to this series about a hamster called Hannibal and a further 6 books about Tasseltip the rabbit. The Tasseltip books were a re-working of the original stories from series 474.

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Ladybird Series 455

Series 455

This series contains 6 factual books presented by ‘Uncle Mac’.

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Ladybird Series 413

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Originally, this series contained 11 books including nursery rhymes, fairy tales and story books.

Later, at least 7 additional books were added to this series.