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Ladybird in Focus: Going Global


7 September 2021
4 September 2022
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road Reading Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom + Google Map
Closeup of an illustration from the Ladybird Book 'The Enormous Turnip'. There are four figures, a man with grey hair and a brown hat, a woman with grey hair and a yellow headscarf, a boy with a red hat and blue top, and a girl with two long dark plaits. All the figures are looking down towards the bottom left corner

First translated in the 1940s, today Ladybird Books can be found in over 70 languages! From Afrikaans to Zulu, and from Swedish to Samoan, children across the world have enjoyed and learnt with Ladybird. Going Global brings together these translated books and original artworks to reveal how the adaptions reflect cultural diversity and wider events from international history.  

Showcased in the Ladybird Gallery, this exhibition traces how Ladybird Books were altered for audiences as diverse as Arabic, Welsh, and Caribbean. Displayed together, new light is shed upon the importance and reach of Ladybird Books beyond the UK. 

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Image Credit: The Enormous Turnip, © Ladybird Books Ltd., 1970.