Red, Fiery, and Bright

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Enter the magical realm of ladybugs to see how they grow into bright flying beetles with vivid red coats and shiny black spots. From Mia Posada, the author/illustrator of the acclaimed Dandelions, comes another delightful look at nature. Uncover the tiny world of the ladybug through vivid illustrations and words, along with a special section featuring fun ladybug facts.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2002-01-01
Dewey 595.76'9
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 58926
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • National Outdoor Book Awards Honorable Mention, Commended, 2002
  • SSLI Book Award Best Book, Winner, 2002
  • ILA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award Notable, Runner-up, 2002
  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2002


School Library Journal

“This is an informative study in a whimsical, colorfully illustrated package filled with close-ups. A fun, cheery addition for early reader science collections.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“Full-bleed, boldly colored art complements the brief text.” —The Horn Book Guide

The Science Teacher

“A colorful description of the ladybug’s life cycle, depicted in beautiful illustrations and expressed in poetic verse.” —The Science Teacher

Author: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived until 2007 when she moved back to Minneapolis with her husband and children. Mia has written and illustrated five books: Dandelions: Stars in the Grass, Ladybugs: Red, Fiery and Bright, Robins: Songbirds of Spring, Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg, and Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks. She also illustrated Dazzling Dragonflies by Linda Glaser.