Ladybugs are the most popular insects in the world. It’s always fantastic to have one land on your hand because of their adorable crimson shells and little black spots. In our youth, we came up with a slew of beliefs about what the number of dots on their dome-shaped shells signified—their age? How many wishes would they be able to grant you? Regardless of the circumstances, trapping a ladybug seemed to bring good fortune. In fact, farmers are likely to agree, as they help protect crops as well! Here are five fantastic ladybug-themed picture books to read to your little ones.
Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Jacky Davis , David Soman
David Soman and Jacky Davis’ Ladybug Girl and Bingo
Lulu and her basset hound Bingo go camping for the first time in this popular Ladybug Girl book. They get to sleep in a tent in the woods and participate in a variety of outdoor activities (canoeing, picnics, hiking). The only way Lulu is going to be able to find her beloved dog, Bingo, is if she transforms into Ladybug Girl and searches under every leaf in the forest.
What the Ladybug Heard (What the Ladybug Heard Series)
Julia Donaldson , Lydia Monks
By Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, What the Ladybug Heard
A ladybug who “never spoke a word” lives in the midst of the farm’s clamorous din. It is only one night that the ladybug spots two bandits (Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len) who are plotting to take the farm’s prized cow from the insect’s eyes. For the first time, the quiet bug speaks up, alerting the other creatures. Ladybug to the rescue! She devises a cunning scheme to thwart the robbers.
Mem Fox , Laura Ljungkvist
Mem Fox & Laura Ljungvist’s Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!
“Ladybug, what a hoot! ‘Where are you?'” When was the last time you tried to play hide-and-seek with a ladybug? No? This book, on the other hand, will tell you where the ladybugs hide! It’s easy to hide (in the shower or down the stairs, for example). A great game for kids to play is to find the cute red and black-spotted insects in the drawings.
The Grouchy Ladybug
Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug.”
Eric Carle’s book utilizes some of the same cut-out pages and bright and bold drawings as his classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This ladybug, as implied by the title, is not in a good mood. She screams at the other ladybugs to leave her alone and refuses to share. If you’re going to fight an insect, you might as well fight someone who’s bigger than you. It’s not a rhinoceros, not even! What chance does she have of ever mastering the art of being polite?
Lady Bugs – For Kids – Amazing Animal Books for Young Readers
John Davidson , Mendon Cottage Books , Jean Hall
‘Lady Bugs’ by Jean Hall and John Davidson, with an introduction by Mendon Cottage Books
Your budding entomologists will learn all about these adorable insects in this informative book. Adults may learn a thing or two from this collection of ladybug facts and photos! Ladybugs, it turns out, are even more fascinating than you had anticipated. Despite their small size, these insects have a voracious appetite for the pests that wreak havoc on plants, trees, and crops. They’ve got more than one eye, too! Who would have guessed?
Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons
In my opinion, this book by Gail Gibbons is another one of her masterpieces. Gibbons teaches young children all about ladybugs with the help of colorful drawings and straightforward language. In this book, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about ladybugs, including their dietary preferences, anatomy, where they reside, their life cycles, and even some intriguing historical facts about ladybugs. Preschoolers to third graders will enjoy reading this book.
Starting Life: Ladybug by Claire Llewellyn
Pages of varied sizes are used to create a beautiful notion in this book. The egg stage of the ladybug’s life is described on the shortest page, followed by the hatching stage on the next shortest page, and so on until the adult stage is described on the longest page. This book’s pictures are just amazing. The ladybug’s life is depicted in a story-like manner in the text. Adults may prefer to concentrate just on the story material for early preschoolers. However, older youngsters will benefit from the added factual information pointing to various aspects of the artwork.
Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen
The title of this book is a play on words: “Are you a lady bug?” This book is addressed directly to the reader, who is believed to be a ladybug for the purposes of the book. Ladybugs are described in detail in this book, including their appearance, diet, life cycle, and a slew of other fascinating information. Young readers will be inspired by the book’s narrative approach to imagine what it would be like to live the life of a ladybug. Children in kindergarten through roughly third grade will benefit most from this book’s level of detail and lighthearted tone.
A Ladybug Larva Grows Up by Katie Marsico
Ladybugs at various stages of their life cycle are photographed up close in this book. In this book, scientifically precise terms are used to explain the ladybug’s life cycle in a way that is understandable to preschoolers. Ladybugs are the focus of this picture book for children aged three to six.
A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman
The ladybug’s life cycle is depicted in this book. We gaze in awe as a ladybug larva emerges from its egg. In the beginning, she feeds on aphids and becomes a ladybug pupa, then a ladybug beetle, as she grows. In her quest for sustenance, she eats a mealybug. Warblers and praying mantises try to snatch her, but she is able to evade both. With a blow from his mouth, a little child sends her on her way. The ladybug eventually finds a spouse so that she can produce her own offspring. In spite of the book’s claim to be a true account, it is presented as such. With only one line of text on each page, this book is perfect for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents.