For a ladybug craft, there are several choices. If you can buy red paper plates, the kids can add black construction paper dots, eyes, and antennae. Check out this website for several craft ideas, including ladybug hats, pencil toppers, and rock creatures.
Those titles marked T will be suitable for a Toddler Storytime as well as the traditional preschool storytime.
Brown, Ruth. LADYBUG, LADYBUG. T A ladybug runs into various animals while she is rushing home to see her children.
Carle, Eric. THE GROUCHY LADYBUG. This ladybug picks a fight with each animal she sees, including a whale. There is also a lesson on telling time in the story.
Conklin, Gladys. LUCKY LADYBUGS. In this factual story with watercolor illustrations, the reader can learn about ladybugs.
O’Malley, Kevin. LITTLE B UGGY RUNS AWAY. T Told in dialogue balloons and deeply saturated full color paintings, a little ladybug runs away from home but is afraid when night comes.
Dahl, Michael. LOTS OF LADYBUGS: COUNTING BY FIVES. T As the title indicates, this book helps children learn to count by fives, but it also has a story about ladybugs.
Gerth, Melanie. TEN LITTLE LADYBUGS. T Listeners will get practice in counting backwards in this book with tactile ladybugs.
Finn, Isobel. THE VERY LAZY LADYBUG. T A ladybug rides on a dog and other animals, but doesn’t learn to fly until she is forced to.