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Ants: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about ants?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to ants. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about ants.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about ants, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Hey Little Ant to popular sellers like One Hundred Hungry Ants to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Tiny Baker.

We hope this list of kids books about ants can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Tiny Baker
Written by Hayley Barrett & illustrated by Alison Jay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Enter a whimsical world, created in vivid detail with stunning illustrations by Alison Jay and clever, lyrical rhymes. Insect customers clamor to dine at the Tiny Baker’s cafe, but when the ladybug chefs fly off and upend the pristine bakery’s kitchen, the Tiny Baker learns an important lesson about friendship.

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Bring Me a Rock!
Written & illustrated by Daniel Miyares
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the author-illustrator of Pardon Me! and Float comes a funny and fun picture book about a little bug who proves that even the small can be mighty.

When a power-hungry grasshopper king wants a throne to loom over his bug subjects, he summons each of them to “bring me a rock!” One by one, the bugs bring him the biggest rocks they can carry, but one little bug can contribute only a very small pebble. The grasshopper king shuns the little bug. But when his throne is in danger of tipping, that little bug might be the only one who can save him.

With beautiful, bold illustrations and a folk-tale sensibility, Bring Me a Rock! is a classic underdog tale with a humorous twist.

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What Does an Anteater Eat?
Written & illustrated by Ross Collins
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Recommend Ages: 2-5

Anteater is hungry, but he has completely forgotten what anteaters eat. Baffled, and with his tummy rumbling, he consults the other animals. Sloth is too busy, Toucan is clueless, and Crocodile has his own mouth full. Whatever will Anteater do? It isn’t until the ants all run for their lives that Anteater remembers what he should be eating . . . and it’s not what you think! A delightfully silly tale that little ones will return to again and again.

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Snail Crossing
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him—not a speeding car or even a hungry crow.

But then kindhearted Snail stops to help a crew of antsy ants in a rainstorm, and he loses his way. It looks like he will never get his treat—until Snail’s new friends come up with an ingenious idea. . . .

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Hey Little Ant
Written by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose & illustrated by Debbie Tilley
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

A song in which an ant pleads with the kid who is tempted to squish it.

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  • The Ant and the Grasshopper - While hard at work on her chores, an ant hears the wonderful clickety click chirrup of music coming from the distance. Although she knows she should focus on the task at hand, she can’t help but explore the joyful noise! Award-winning team Rebecca and Ed Emberley bring an entertaining new twist to the classic children’s. The bright, bold graphics seem to dance and leap, as a bunch of boogying bugs start a celebration of their own.

  • Whack of the P-Rex - Alexander Bopp is ready to battle Stermont's biggest monster yet -- the P-Rex!

  • Henry's Awful Mistake - Henry the Duck has invited his good friend Clara to his home for a delicious dinner! But as he starts the preparations, he sees a pesky ant in his kitchen. “The ant must go,” says Henry, but as he quickly learns, one tiny little ant turns into huge and hilarious trouble!

  • The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story - A Kirkus Reviews most anticipated picture book of fall 2020 with starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -- a heartfelt and personal immigration story, new from critically acclaimed author Thao Lam

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One Hundred Hungry Ants
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

One hundred hungry ants march off single file to sample a picnic, but when the going gets too slow, they divide into two rows of fifty, then four rows of twenty . . . until they take so long that the picnic is gone!

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It's an Orange Aardvark!
Written & illustrated by Michael Hall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Acclaimed New York Times-bestselling picture book creator Michael Hall delivers a funny and suspenseful story about colors, ants, aardvarks, and rainbows that will appeal to Lois Ehlert fans and fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Another winner from the author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale! Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it’s not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It’s orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors. It’s an Orange Aardvark! is a tour de force for Michael Hall, the acclaimed and bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and Cat Tale.

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Ants 'n' Uncles
Written & illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Ants ‘n’ uncles, uncles ‘n’ ants, dancin’ ‘cross the world with ants in his pants. Goin’ everywhere he’s never been before, on his ant-imated world tour. What happens when Uncle steps on an ant hill? The ants in his pants make him dance, of course, and his dancing skills become famous around the world. From award-winning author and silhouette artist Clay Rice comesthe rhyming tale of an accidental hero. Filled with scenes from countries and cultures around the globe, this lively, silly story is sure to delight children and parents.

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The Icky Bug Counting Board Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Ralph Masiello
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces the characteristics and activities of insects and spiders from one zebra butterfly to twenty-six army ants.

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End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)
Written by Avi & illustrated by Tricia Tusa
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Recommend Ages: 7-10

Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing. <BR>The travelers meet all manner of wise, weird, and intriguing creatures–including a dragon!–and it’s not long before their adventures begin. <BR>In the tradition of such classics as “The Little Prince,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” and “Winnie-the-Pooh,” this completely original story–a modern fable for our time–brims with wit, wisdom, and profound insights about the meaning of things . . . great “and” small.<BR>

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  • Exploding Ants - A wasp lays its eggs under a caterpillar’s skin so that its young can eat the caterpillar’s guts as they grow. A young head louse makes its home on a human hair and feasts on human blood. Frogs use their eyeballs to help swallow their food. From small worms that live in a dog’s nose mucus to exploding ants to regurgitating mother gulls, this book tells of the unusual ways animals find food, shelter, and safety in the natural world. If animals all ate the same things and lived in the same places, it would be impossible for all of them to survive. So they specialize. Some animals eat the bits that others leave behind, such as skin and mucus. They find all kinds of unusual places to shelter, including the cracks and holes in another creature’s skin or its internal organs. They use their own bodies to protect themselves from predators by imitating unsavory items such as bird droppings and even by blowing up. These habits that may seem disgusting to us are wonderful adaptations that make it possible for a great variety of creatures to live and thrive on Earth. Read about them and marvel at the amazing ways animals adapt to the natural world.

  • The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat - Badger is happy living in his tidy burrow, until one day when Billy Goat moves in and Badger is too scared to ask him to leave, when help comes from an unexpected corner.

  • The Night Before the 100th Day of School - The 100th day of school is almost here and one student is desperate to find 100 of anything to bring to class. Then all of sudden inspiration strikes, and he comes up with a surprise that makes the 100th day celebration one to remember! This hilarious story of a popular school tradition offers a perfect modern twist on Clement C. Moore’s classic poem.

  • Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing - Avon the snail and Edward the ant are back for another funny–and philosophical–adventure. This time, Avon has decided he wants to be a writer, only to discover that writing is way more difficult than he ever imagined. He finally gets the word <i>Something</i> written down, but there’s a problem: What to write next? Luckily, his friend Edward is there to advise.</p> </p>Brimming with wit, wisdom, and humor, this warm and winning tale of two friends on a quest will be enjoyed by readers (and writers) of all ages. </p>

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