Literature Connections to

Teacher's Guides > Ladybugs

Although we list only two books, both are excellent. Other books that discuss the life cycle of ladybugs would relate well to this GEMS guide. Books about insects and animals that play a positive environmental role would also make excellent connections.

The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle
Harper & Row, New York. 1986
Grades: Preschool–2
The grouchy ladybug and the friendly ladybug want to eat all the aphids on a leaf. The grouchy ladybug challenges the friendly ladybug to a fight, and then challenges every other animal it meets regardless of the animal’s size or strength. For young children, this book is a wonderful springboard to measurement activities involving size. There is a clock on each page to chronicle the day in hours for older children. This book works especially well with Activity 2.

Ladybug, Ladybug
by Ruth Brown
E.P. Dutton, New York. 1988
Grades: Preschool–1
Based on the nursery rhyme “Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home,” this beautifully illustrated story captures a ladybug's flight home, where she finds her children safely sleeping. While this book can be read anytime when presenting Ladybugs, it works especially well in Activity 1, Session 1.






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