Ladybird Books

As a parent, supporting and encouraging your child’s reading development is hugely rewarding for both of you and one way to do this is to read together at home. This is where the Read it yourself with Ladybird series can help as choosing books from a series with a levelling system will help you find books that match your child’s reading skill and encourage further reading. 

Ladybird Books is a London based publishing company, publishing childrens books, trading as a stand-alone imprint within the Penguin Group of companies. Around 1915, was when they published their first children's books, under the Ladybird imprint. From the start, the company was identified by a ladybird logo, at first with open wings, but eventually changed to the more familiar closed-wing ladybird in the late 1950s. The ladybird logo has since undergone several redesigns, the latest of which was launched in 2006.

In the 1960s and 1970s the company's key words scheme was heavily used by British primary schools using a reduced vocabulary to help children learn to read.

In the 1960s, Ladybird produced the Learnabout series of non-fiction (informational) books, some of which were used by adults as well as children.

Today ladybird is as popular as in the past and helping children through the key words and read it yourself to progress in their reading skills. Children find the books enjoyable as they move from one level to the next level as their reading improves.

These are great books to read to children also, as there are lovely bright pictures to go with each story, therefore can be enjoyed by younger preschool children too.  Ladybird have all the classics as well as much more to choose from. 

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123 ladybird minis

Helps readers learn to count from one to ten with sequencing and match|Helps readers learn to count from one to ten with sequencing and matching activities to reinforce early learning.
€4.75 €3.13

A Ladybird Book 123

Help young children learn their numbers from 1-12 and begin to count with this beautiful gift book featuring the iconic original Ladybird artwork from 1959.
€16.99 €13.03

A Ladybird Book: ABC

Help young children learn the alphabet with this beautiful gift book featuring the iconic original Ladybird artwork from the 1960s.
€16.99 €13.03


Learn the alphabet with the help of this bright and engaging book.
€4.75 €3.13

Busy baby

Have fun with your own busy baby exploring the bright touch-and-feel pages in this interactive book part of Ladybird's best-selling Baby Touch series.
€12.65 €9.43

Busy Zoo

A wonderful lift-the-flap Busy Book from Ladybird: Busy Zoo.
€11.05 €7.29

Chicken Licken

Based on the traditional fairy tale Chicken Licken, this vibrantly illustrated story is sure to become a favourite in every home.
€7.90 €5.21


Ladybird has published fairy tales for over forty-five years, bringing the magic of traditional stories to each new generation of children.
€7.90 €5.21

Colours and Shapes

Learning to recognise and name colours and shapes in an important step in developing your child' vocabulary.
€4.75 €3.13

Early Learning Abc Flash Cards

This Early Learning bumper flashcard pack is perfect for familiarising young children with the alphabet.
€8.55 €5.64

Everyday Words

Learning how to recognise and use everyday words is an important step in building your child' vocabulary.
€4.75 €3.13

Faces Baby Touch First Focus Board Book

This title contains a range of bright happy characters and faces in high-contrast black white and yellow colours to help stimulate a babys developing eyesight from birth.
€7.30 €4.39

Favourite Fairy Tales for Girls

This gorgeous Ladybird treasury of eight classic, traditional tales is guaranteed to delight and entertain young children.
€15.80 €10.43

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

A retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for early readers from Ladybird.
€7.90 €5.21

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

This Ladybird retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a wonderful introduction to classic fairy tales for toddlers and preschool children.
€9.50 €6.27