Looking for a good book for children? Why everyone loves Ladybird Classics!

We love the beautiful hardback series of Ladybird Classics and so were delighted when these four new books arrived – gorgeous additions to the bookshelf! 

Ladybird Classics Spread
The Ladybird Classics are abridged versions of favourite classic tales, sensitively retold whilst retaining all the key parts of the story, so great for sharing with young children. They look beautful too, with the most lovely illustrations which really help bring the stories to life.

We are clearly smitten and could enthuse at length, but instead we thought we’d leave it to some of the parents and children who have read and reviewed the books, to let you know what they think. Is your favourite included? 



'How lovely to have one of the classics re-told in this way!
I remember reading this as a child and loved it. So glad that my 5 year old
daughter can now enjoy this too, although I did find myself changing some of
the words at the start so she didn''t have bad dreams! Very nicely re-told and
a great price too. We read a chapter a night which she loved and she thought it
was a lovely ''big girl story'' – a must for any little girl's bookshelf I
think!' Mummy Fever



Alice 'My daughter (almost 6) was fortunate to receive an early
copy of this book. The illustrations are stunning. It has quickly become a
treasured favourite and I can see her reading it over and over. I can't wait
to add further titles in this series to her bookshelf. ' Mum of Three




 Olivertwist'I liked this book a lot. It was the first time I had read
about Oliver Twist. I thought the story was good, and I felt sorry for Oliver
too. The pictures were good so I could put a picture to a name. I really
enjoyed it and will look forward to reading more.' Abby age 8

 'This is a gorgeous abridged edition of Dickens' classic.
It is beautifully illustrated and my 8 year did not emerge from behind the
cover until he had finished it, he was totally enthralled. This would make a
really lovely gift for 8+ and I will be seeking out other books in the series.' Mummy Mullan


Treasure island'What a wonderfully illustrated book from beginning to end – it had such a special
feel and really captured the essence of a classic book. My 6 year old son and
I began reading this together and it really captured his imagination. I
especially liked it because it still used a lot of the language used when the
book was originally written. We both enjoyed reading this classic story and feel
it would make a lovely gift to pass on and treasure in any family.' 
  Mrs Dunne


Blackbeauty'This book is very good. I like Black Beauty. In some parts
it is sad but it does have a happy ending. If you like horses you should read
this.' Ula age 7






 'D'Artagnan wanted to join the musketeers. The musketeers
live in the capital of France.
I think it was a very good book and I couldn't improve that book – the story
was exciting.' Thomas, age 7




Windwillows 'My 5 and 7 year old sons loved this book. It kept them
going for bedtime stories for several nights. The stories are told in a simple,
modern style, and with humour which they appreciated.They both said sensible
badger was their favorite character, and that Toad was funny but very silly!
The illustrations are colourful, and tell the story on their own.
' Jen O



'HeidiMy daughter (6) is a confident free reader. The book proved to be a delightful
re-telling of the story with beautiful illustrations. It inspired her so much
she dressed up as Heidi for World Book Day. A great precursor to the original. She
has a number of the Ladybird Classics series and loves each and every one. '
Mum of Three



Junglebook'A perfect Ladybird edition of a classic story. Both my 5
and 7 year old sons loved reading this book, regardless of their differing
reading ability. The story is broken down into very short chapters, alongside
whole pages of beautiful illustrations. An excellent book for those just
progressing on to longer ''chapter'' books or for more advanced readers looking
for a quick read. Highly recommended – I love these books! Washersaurus



Christmascarol'My 6 year old thought this book was fantastic. Even though
this classic tale has been simplified for a younger audience it is detailed
enough and the key parts of the story are there. It also has a rich vocabulary
– my son learnt a lot from this! There are plenty of pictures. My son
especially liked the ghostly illustrations. I''d like to see more classics
retold like this.' Nerys



Peterpan'Well Peter Pan needs no introduction but this book probably
needs a big star next to it to alert everyone to the fact this is a great
gifting book. Gorgeous, almost retro illustrations on the inside covers and
really dream like illustrations throughout the book, this is a lovely gift for
a little boy or girl. My son has been asking to ''read'' this (he's 4) over
other more picture based story books of late. Lovely to encourage reading. Holly B


If you are interested in the knowing more about the illustrations in the Ladybird Classics, you might like to read this q&a with the Ladybird designers, previously published on The Ladybird Blog. 

WIN copies of Heidi, The Jungle Book, The Three Musketeers and The Wind in the Willows!! 

We're giving away a copy of each the latest Ladybird Classics –
Heidi, The Jungle Book, The Three Musketeers, The Wind in the Willows
to THREE lucky blog readers. Just leave a comment below and let us know
your favourite classic and we'll put your name into a prize draw and
pull out three winners! Good luck.

Leave your comment by midnight, Wednesday 15th May 2013.

UPDATE 21 May 2013. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment, we have loved reading what everyone's favourite classics are! This prize draw is now closed and the winners have been selected and notified.


124 thoughts on “Looking for a good book for children? Why everyone loves Ladybird Classics!

  1. Carol says:

    I loved Heidi as a child & I tried to get my children interested in the classics when we were home-educating. They didn’t get much out of them which was a shame, but enjoyed one’s like Jungle Book & Peter Pan on the cinema screen.

  2. Janet Rumley says:

    Chicken Licken has brought so much enjoyment to my children over the years – but even now we still miss out the last page !

  3. ROS IRWIN says:

    The Wind in The Willows – I still have the copy my grandmother gave me and now I am reading it to my granddaughter

  4. Hayley Todd says:

    When I was little, my favourite was The Water Babies, my grandad was made to read it to me over and over again!

  5. Mia Thurlow says:

    As a child, The Snow Queen was my favourite. My 4 year old daughter bought herself the Ladybird classic Sleeping Beauty from a vintage fair at the weekend and adores it.

  6. alison says:

    I loved Peter Pan. I only read it a few years back, so I was over 30 (ahem) but I still clapped along to save Tinkerbell! I believe in fairies *clap clap clap*

  7. Abigail Cohen says:

    Chicken Licken is my ALL time favourite story, from generations we have 1 book passed along! It’s the most loved book in our family
    “Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurky, Ducky Lucky and Foxy Loxy” x

  8. Kerra Dagley says:

    My favourite has always been Black Beauty, the adventures, the sadness, the loss and the reuniting of old friends – better entertainment than any TV programme!

  9. ann kelly says:

    The Prince and the Pauper,by Mark Twain,to this day its a masterpiece,of just how things can be different for any two individuals.

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