The Peter and Jane Books

The Ice-Cream man is always a main part of a child’s summer holiday memories. This is a vintage Ladybird Book illustration from ‘Happy Holiday’ is from the Peter and Jane series.

This is an illustration from book 7a – Happy Holiday – The Ladybird Key Words Reading Scheme (The Peter and Jane Books). By William Murray; illustrated by J H Wingfield. Published in 1964.

Peter and Jane Books

Peter and Jane Books

They became known as a series in the Key Word Readers set. In the 1960s Peter and Jane seem to where the same clothes most days. Jane is usually in a white dress with a red ribbon in here hair. Later Peter and Jane are now 1970s children – Jane is most often in jeans; Peter plays around with a football rather than a cricket ball and they generally look scruffier.

The whole series was published with laminated boards for teaching in schools from 1983.

The books took them all over the country on innocent adventures and were always so beautifully illustrated for children to get lost in. Today it’s sheer nostalgia for us oldies.

Here is a list of the sets to collect in order of release dates:

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  • 1a – Play with us – 1964 –
  • 2a – We have fun – 1964 –
  • 3a – Things we like – 1964 –
  • 4a – Things we do – 1964 –
  • 5a – Where we go – 1964 –
  • 6a – Our Friends – 1964 –
  • 7a – Happy Holiday – 1964 –
  • 8a – Sunny Days – 1964 –
  • 9a – Games we like – 1964 –
  • 1b – Look at this – 1964 –
  • 2b – Have a go – 1964 –
  • 3b – Boys and Girls – 1964 –
  • 1c – Read and write – 1965 –
  • 2c – I like to write – 1965 –
  • 3c – Let me write – 1965 –
  • 4c – Say the Sound – 1965 –
  • 5c – More Sounds to say – 1965 –
  • 6c – Reading with sounds – 1965 –
  • 4b – Fun at the Farm – 1965 –
  • 5b – Out in the Sun – 1965 –
  • 6b – We like to help – 1965 –
  • 7b – Fun and games – 1966 –
  • 8b – The big house – 1966 –
  • 7c – Easy to sound – 1966 –
  • 8c – Fun with sounds – 1966 –
  • 9c – Enjoying Reading – 1966 –
  • 10a – Adventure on the island – 1966 –
  • 11a – Mystery on the island – 1966 –
  • 12a – Mountain Adventure – 1966 –
  • 9b – Jump from the sky – 1966 –
  • 10b – Adventure at the castle – 1967 –
  • 11b – The carnival – 1967 –
  • 12b – The holiday camp mystery – 1967 –
  • 10c – Learning is fun – 1967 –
  • 11c – Books are exciting – 1967 –
  • 12c – The open door to reading – 1967 –

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