One small ladybird, 15 years of BIG adventures!


Celebrating 15 years of everyone's favourite ladybird! 

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The Books

Join in the fun with the What the Ladybird Heard 15th Anniversary Edition. With bright, distinctive artwork this special edition of the family-favourite story also features bonus material, including a letter from author Julia Donaldson and pictures from the illustrator Lydia Monks' sketchbook. Available March 2024.

Those mischievous robbers, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are out of jail and on their way back to the farm! With a brand new plan to steal the fat red hen, it’s not long before our favourite little ladybird finds out what they’re up to and teams up with her animal friends to save the day! Available now.

Those two bad men, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways and have BIG plans for their next crime - to steal a monkey from the zoo and use him to pinch the Queen's crown. Unfortunately for them, they don't know that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she's got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won't get away with it! Available now.

The clever little ladybird is back and off on a trip to the seaside. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are not far behind though, and are up to their wicked ways again! This time they’re planning to steal the mermaid's hair and sell it to a famous star. Luckily, the crime-busting ladybird has a clever plan to stop the thieves… Available now

Snuggle up with the ladybird and your little ones! Full of festive fun, join the ladybird as she sets off for a trip to see her spider friend for Christmas. But wait, those pesky thieves are back again and still up to no good! It’s a good thing the ladybird is here to foil their plan and save Christmas.

The latest adventure in the much-loved series, What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas is the ideal bedtime story. Available now

Audio and Songs

Packed full of adventure, this collection features twelve of the best-loved stories from the creators of What the Ladybird Heard, brought to life for the first time by Julia Donaldson herself! 

Perfect for listening to at home, in the car, at bedtime or any time at all, this fantastic collection features twelve treasured tales, from the bestselling picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. Available now

You love the stories, now get ready to sing along to the songs!

Listen to songs from 18 of your favourite Julia Donaldson picture books, performed by Julia herself! This hour long action packed collection contains songs from a selection of Julia's best loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard, Sharing a Shell, Sugarlump and the Unicorn and many more, perfect for dancing to at home, singing in the car or enjoying any time at all! Available to stream now.

Activity Pack

Have a Ladybird party with this bumper activity pack! Little readers can make their very own Ladybird cake, celebratory paper chains, play Ladybird dominoes and more! 

Click here to download. 

Macmillan Children's Books