8 Children's Books About Ants

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Hey Little Ant book
#1
Hey Little Ant
Written by Hannah Hoose, Phillip M. Hoose and illustrated by Debbie Tilley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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

The Icky Bug Counting Board Book book
#2
The Icky Bug Counting Board Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Ralph Masiello
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

Exploding Ants book
#3
Exploding Ants
Written and illustrated by Joanne Settel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

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.

Ants 'n' Uncles book
#4
Ants 'n' Uncles
Written and 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.

The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat book
#5
The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat
Written by Andrew Fusek Peters and illustrated by Anna Wadham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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 Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful But Truthful Grasshopper book
#6
The Ants and the Grasshopper, Narrated by the Fanciful But Truthful Grasshopper
Written by Nancy Loewen and illustrated by Carles Arbat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

In this humorous retelling of the classic fable, Harper the grasshopper is rescued from starvation by an ant, Lark, who wants to learn how to play the fiddle--and soon many of the other insects (including more ants) in the field join Harper's lessons, until he has a proper insect orchestra to put on a harvest festival.

What Does an Anteater Eat? book
#7
What Does an Anteater Eat?
Written and illustrated by Ross Collins
picture book
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.

Henry's Awful Mistake book
#8
Henry's Awful Mistake
Written and illustrated by Robert Quackenbush
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

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!

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