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Ladybirds

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,

Your house is on fire and your children are gone,

All except one and that’s little Ann,

For she crept under the frying pan.

I grew up reciting this verse whenever I was lucky enough to have a ladybird land on me.  Like so many traditional nursey rhymes, its initial meaning was quite morbid.

Ladybirds (or as our American friends like to say – ladybugs) are one of the very few insects that are universally liked.  They are even considered lucky in some cultures.

Farmers and gardeners alike will go out of their way to not harm ladybirds.  Ladybirds are a natural pest control as both the adults and pupae feed on aphids and other tiny pests.

Ladybirds are a favourite for children’s stories.  They make for very gorgeous characters, usually portrayed as cute and unobtrusive individuals.

Ladybird Books

Tulip and Brutus / Liz Ledden, Andrew Plant. | Cockburn Libraries (spydus.com)

Tulip and the ladybugs lived amongst the flowers. Brutus and the stinkbugs lived up a tree.  The bugs never played together.

This is a charming book that teaches children how to embrace diversity through friendship.  The illustrations are gorgeous, and the narrative is very engaging.

Tulip and Brutus will get young readers thinking about teamwork, trying new things, and finding friendship in unlikely places.

Link to Catalogue record for Tulip and Brutus
Link to Catalogue record for Yoo Hoo, Ladybird!
Yoo Hoo, Ladybird! / Mem Fox ; illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist. | Cockburn Libraries (spydus.com)

Another lovely book from the prolific Mex Fox. Ladybird loves to hide and its your job to find her.  This is a lovely seek and find book in which your little one will have to find Ladybird as she hides amongst everyday objects such as toys and shoes.

The illustrations are bright and colourful, and Ladybird isn’t always easy to find. Your little one will love shouting the refrain “Yoo-hoo, Ladybird!”

What the ladybird heard / Julia Donaldson ; illustrated by Lydia Monks. | Cockburn Libraries (spydus.com)

What the Ladybird Heard is set in a very noisy farm where all the animals make a lot of noise, all except Ladybird, who never says a word.  That is until she overhears two thieves planning to steal the Farmer’s prize bull.  Ladybird comes up with a cunning plan to thwart the robbers and enlists all her farmyard friends to help.

Written with Julia Donadlson’s distinctive rhythm and rhyme, this is a charming book that you’ll come back to over and over.

Link to Catalogue record for What the ladybird heard

Hey, Ladybug

Ladybird Craft

What you’ll need:

  • Black card
  • Red card
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Black chenille stem
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black pen
What to do:

Cut a large circle from both the red and the black card.

Cut a smaller circle from the black card.

Glue the smaller black circle to the larger black circle to form the ladybird’s body and head.

Glue on the wriggle eyes and the black chenille stem after curling it into an antennae shape.

Cut the red circle down the centre and draw on the ladybirds’ spots to create wings.

Fold the tips of the ladybird’s red wings and glue them just below her head.