We’ve always loved sharing books with the children at bedtime, but as well as finding new stories and authors to read together we also like looking at some of the stories we enjoyed ourselves as kids. Some of our favourites are the original Ladybird books – the small, hardback books which had their heyday in the 1950s through to the 1970s and 80s. There is a 10-year age gap between my husband and I, but we still both loved the Ladybird books and were both read some of the same ones as kids. In amongst our favourites are Five Little Kittens, Lost at the Fair and the Garden Gang series, including (aptly) Roger Radish, Percival Pea and Penelope Strawberry. One of the best for classic Ladybird illustration is our copy of The Princess and the Pea, which was first published in 1967. The drawings of the Queen as she goes to check on the princess the morning after she sleeps on a million mattresses are priceless. Talk about the mother-in-law from hell!
Add to that the killer lines about the rejected princesses having something the matter with them, such as them being “too tall, too small” and even “too gay”. I’m not sure that page would be printed in today’s version!
What are your favourite books? Do you share any you liked as children with your little ones?