I grew up with Ladybird books as a child in England and I loved them. The one on the bottom right "The party", was my absolute favourite and I remember reading it for hours on end! I have started a collection of vintage ones (wish I'd kept mine now!), so that my Grandchildren can discover them as well. Little Norah is a little young for these, but I read another book to her yesterday. Her Daddy learned to read with the later Ladybird books. They were over yesterday, and her Mommy said how she loved the fact that I have a basket full of children's books out already. We share the same philosophy about reading to children.
I love the following poem.
"You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be-
I had a mother who read to me."
- From "the reading Mother" by Gillian Strickland
There's her little pile all ready and waiting (beside the diapers & wipes!)