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.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, 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

Author: Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also studied art in Florence, Italy, and illustration at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, California. Mia has written and illustrated numerous books including: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit's Amazing Migration, Who Was Here?: Discovering Wild Animal Tracks, and Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors. She illustrated Plants Can't Sit Still which was named a Kirkus Best Children's Books and won the NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts Award. She lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband and their three kids.


  • 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