Lara the Yellow Ladybird

Lara the Yellow Ladybird makes a great early reader with lots of repetition and a nice lesson about being happy about being yourself.

Another great free childen’s story from BookDash.

Authors: Catherine Holtzhausen, Martha Evans, Nadene Kriel
Illustrator: Catherine Holtzhausen


Text and Images from Lara the Yellow Ladybird


Lara the ladybird was a special bug.

Unlike all her friends, she had bright yellow wings.

Everyone loved her yellow wings.


Each morning, Bibi Butterfly said hello.
And Manto Mantis always waved.

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If you want to listen and read along with Lara the Yellow Ladybird, see a video below from Storytime Sandi:


About Book Dash

Book Dash gathers professional creatives – writers, illustrators, designers, editors – who volunteer to create high-quality children’s books that anyone can freely download, translate, print and distribute. Most of the work is done
on a Book Dash day, when small teams work for over twelve straight hours, each producing a new book.

Why Book Dash?

Books purchased from publishers cost too much. In order to distribute more books for South African children, Book Dash participants work as publishers in a single day, having a book with no publishers mean the book will be a lot cheaper the only cost will be printing the books. With these, anyone can run sponsored prints and the finished books can be handed to children.

Every child should have a hundred books when they reach the age of five. that means handing down 600 million free books to South African children who probably could not afford to buy them, More children grow up not learning how to read and write well, and every day we lose more of these children. Let us not neglect these children and help them overcome poverty by first teaching them how to read and to enjoy the worlds that a book can open up.

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