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
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 animals 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.
by Ruth Brown
E.P. Dutton, New York. 1988
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.