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My love of Ladybird

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Some of my earliest memories are in the form of Ladybird book illustrations. Even now looking back at some of the stories and images I saw as a child sparks a memory or a feeling. They obviously made a huge impact on me creatively as I grew up with a lifelong love of books and stories! 

To create the alphabet prints for Made by Folk I had the enjoyable task of rediscovering all the vintage Ladybird images amongst others. I loved the simple typography and colours of the 1980s early learning books for counting and shapes (these were from my time). Very reminiscent!

Looking back I was also reminded of how scary some of the illustrated characters were in the fairytale books. Rumpelstiltskin still gives me nightmares!

Which books inspired you most from your childhood?
I asked some of our Made by Folk contributors for their most memorable childhood book:

Daniel Freytag - "Struwwelpeter" by Heinrich Hoffmann

Abbas Mushtaq - "Cat in the Hat" by Dr Seuss

James Horowitz (of 2xElliott) - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

Daniel Gray-Barnett - "Tikki Tikki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel

Todd Berger - Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley

Greig Anderson - "Georges Marvellous Medicine" by Roald Dahl

Andy Altmann- "Stig of the Dump" by Clive King

Emil Paun - "Greuceanu" (a Romanian folktale)

Matt Burns - "Tin Tin"

Many thanks to Jean at for her photos of the Ladybird book stacks!