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Bugs And Insects: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about bugs and insects?

There are some people (like myself!) who go out of their way to avoid bugs… except for the cute ones… lady bugs, I’m looking at you. There are other people (like my son!) who absolutely adore bugs and will talk about the two worms they found on the back patio after a rainstorm for several days when you ask them what their highlight was. (“So… the coolest thing that happened today was that you found some worms yesterday? I won’t try so hard” I think to myself.) While it’s hard to find all of the coolest bugs in your backyard all year long, these are some of our favorite books for bug lovers ranging from awesomely age appropriate fact books (Mrs. Peanuckle’s Alphabet!) to more fictional stories about some of the most beloved storybook spiders (Miss Spider’s Tea Party, The Very Busy Spider, etc.)

Top 10 Books About Bugs And Insects

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Some Bugs
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
The illustrations in this book are phenomenal! This book shows a lot of different bugs as well as many different things bugs can do. My favorite part is that the ending encourages you to go find bugs outside, and the last page shows all of the bugs included in the books and their names. So fun!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Get the buzz on bugs in this Classic Board Book edition of Some Bugs by bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi! Grab your magnifying glass! Find your field guide! And come hop, hide, swim, and glide through this buggy backyard world! Featuring butterflies and moths, crickets and cicadas, bumblebees and beetles, this zippy rhyming exploration of backyard-bug behavior is sure to have young insect enthusiasts bugging out with excitement!
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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
All of the Mrs. Peanuckle books I've read so far have been fantastic. Chock full of facts, great typography, bright colors and Jessie Ford has managed to simultaneously be true to a bugs anatomy (as far as an untrained eye can tell) while simultaneously making over 90% of them actually cute!
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Recommend Ages: 2-4
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of interesting bugs. Perfect to read aloud, this creepy, crawly adventure will engage children and parents alike with its vibrant illustrations and fascinating facts about bugs. Learning the ABCs has never been so bitingly fun! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet is the fourth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, flowers, and trees.
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Alpha Bugs
Written & illustrated by David A. Carter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
From boogie-woogie Bubble Bugs to upside-down Umbrella Bugs, this fun-filled pop, pull, and peek book makes learning the alphabet exactly eight Egg Bugs excellent.
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The Very Busy Spider
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This one is a classic that is deserving of its status. While it's a simple story showcasing one spider's diligence in creating her web despite a myriad of invitations from animals to do other things, it's also great for reinforcing other animal noises and favorite activities, and of course, Eric Carle's signature illustrations are delightful.
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Recommend Ages: 1-3
The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, in a book featuring thermographic pages and a raised spider web that can be felt as well as seen. On board pages.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.
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Miss Spider's Tea Party
Written & illustrated by David Kirk
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Filled with delightful rhymes and Miss Spider's charming manners, this tale of one misunderstood spider and her troubles finding guests for her tea parties is a great read! It introduces you to a whole host of bugs and just a smidge of tea party lingo, bringing hopes that despite your reputation (deserved or not) by being kind and caring you can create meaningful friendships who people who know you for your true colors.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF A BELOVED CHILDREN'S CLASSIC: In 1992, master toymaker, storyteller, and painter David Kirk created Miss Spider for his young daughter, Violet. Her fascination with the bug world and nature inspired him to create a story about a lonely spider who triumphs over rejection and fear through her goodness and love. Miss Spider's Tea Party became an immediate bestseller and launched a book series that sold more than five million copies in twelve languages. "So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?" So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. Until, as events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. For this story, his first picture book, David Kirk created 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages can't help cheering for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book. Honors: Parenting magazine Best Book of the Year; National Parenting Publications Honor Book; Parents' Choice Award-winner. Miss Spider and her family have won the hearts of children with their life-affirming outlook for a quarter of a century now. This gorgeous new edition of Miss Spider's Tea Party celebrates Miss Spider's success and welcomes the next generation of young readers.
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Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein & illustrated by Bob Staake
Thoughts from The Goodfather
Bugs Galore is a terrific addition to any bug loving child's library. Peter Stein will wow you with never ending rhymes about all kinds of bugs, while Bob Staake's recognizable illustration style brings it all to life (fortunately, not literally).
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return with an in-the-dirt, high-inthe-sky critter tale buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations.
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Never Touch a Spider!
Written by Make Believe Ideas Ltd & illustrated by Stuart Lynch
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a fun touch-and-feel book! I love how it simultaneously makes bugs cute and also warns that it's best NOT to touch them in real life... because you never know. The silicon touch-and-feel elements are such a fun way to create different textures and the rhymes make this a fun, upbeat read aloud.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
You must never touch a spider . . . unless it's in this book! This insect-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children! They will love reading the funny rhyme, filled with insects doing silly things. Innovative silicone touches feature throughout the book, with a different texture for children to explore on every spread. This tactile book offers plenty for young children to enjoy, helping to promote an early love of reading!
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Hello, World! Backyard Bugs
Written & illustrated by Jill McDonald
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is a really cute bug book and encourages interaction with counting, finger tracing and opportunities for acting like the bugs you see (Can you wiggle like a worm?) There are also a few easy facts about bugs!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Explores the types of bugs that can be found in everyday life, including ladybugs, spiders, grasshoppers, and crickets, and presents facts on each.--
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The Grouchy Ladybug
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!
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Books About Bugs And Insects and Imagination And Play

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Miss Spider's Tea Party
Written & illustrated by David Kirk
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Filled with delightful rhymes and Miss Spider's charming manners, this tale of one misunderstood spider and her troubles finding guests for her tea parties is a great read! It introduces you to a whole host of bugs and just a smidge of tea party lingo, bringing hopes that despite your reputation (deserved or not) by being kind and caring you can create meaningful friendships who people who know you for your true colors.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF A BELOVED CHILDREN'S CLASSIC: In 1992, master toymaker, storyteller, and painter David Kirk created Miss Spider for his young daughter, Violet. Her fascination with the bug world and nature inspired him to create a story about a lonely spider who triumphs over rejection and fear through her goodness and love. Miss Spider's Tea Party became an immediate bestseller and launched a book series that sold more than five million copies in twelve languages. "So why do insects run away, As they catch sight of me, When all that I am trying to do, Is ask them in for tea?" So wonders a solitary Miss Spider, unaware that her fellow bugs, terribly afraid of a creature so seemingly different, dare not even consider attending her party. Until, as events unfold, they see how gracious a spider she really is. For this story, his first picture book, David Kirk created 35 arresting paintings and original verse about an enticing arachnid and a host of other many-legged creatures. Readers of all ages can't help cheering for Miss Spider in this engaging tale that may also be read as a counting book. Honors: Parenting magazine Best Book of the Year; National Parenting Publications Honor Book; Parents' Choice Award-winner. Miss Spider and her family have won the hearts of children with their life-affirming outlook for a quarter of a century now. This gorgeous new edition of Miss Spider's Tea Party celebrates Miss Spider's success and welcomes the next generation of young readers.
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Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein & illustrated by Bob Staake
Thoughts from The Goodfather
Bugs Galore is a terrific addition to any bug loving child's library. Peter Stein will wow you with never ending rhymes about all kinds of bugs, while Bob Staake's recognizable illustration style brings it all to life (fortunately, not literally).
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. Cars Galore creators Peter Stein and Bob Staake return with an in-the-dirt, high-inthe-sky critter tale buzzing with nonstop rhymes and swarming with comical retro illustrations.
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Never Touch a Spider!
Written by Make Believe Ideas Ltd & illustrated by Stuart Lynch
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a fun touch-and-feel book! I love how it simultaneously makes bugs cute and also warns that it's best NOT to touch them in real life... because you never know. The silicon touch-and-feel elements are such a fun way to create different textures and the rhymes make this a fun, upbeat read aloud.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
You must never touch a spider . . . unless it's in this book! This insect-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children! They will love reading the funny rhyme, filled with insects doing silly things. Innovative silicone touches feature throughout the book, with a different texture for children to explore on every spread. This tactile book offers plenty for young children to enjoy, helping to promote an early love of reading!
Honorable Mentions
Chirri and Chirra, In the Tall Grass book
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Happy Halloween from The Very Busy Spider book
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It's an Orange Aardvark! book
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Worm Weather book
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  1. Chirri and Chirra, In the Tall Grass - In their second adventure to reach the US market, Chirri & Chirra become very small, and so are able to explore the magical world hidden away in a mound of tall grass. Filled with friendly, industrious bees and equally inventive bugs, this is a book that brings the lovely particularity of life in Japan––marked by food and nature––to young readers here.

  2. Happy Halloween from The Very Busy Spider - Join The Very Busy Spider and all her friends in this spooky lift-the-flap board book! With a lift-flap on every spread, this sturdy casebound board book has all the tricks to make it a perfect Halloween treat for beginning readers! Say “Boo” and “Happy Halloween” with some of Eric Carle’s most beloved characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider.

  3. It's an Orange Aardvark! - 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.

  4. Worm Weather - Drip,drop, skip and hop. Splish, splash, sidewalk dash! It’s worm weather! Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.

Books About Bugs And Insects and First Concepts

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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
All of the Mrs. Peanuckle books I've read so far have been fantastic. Chock full of facts, great typography, bright colors and Jessie Ford has managed to simultaneously be true to a bugs anatomy (as far as an untrained eye can tell) while simultaneously making over 90% of them actually cute!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of interesting bugs. Perfect to read aloud, this creepy, crawly adventure will engage children and parents alike with its vibrant illustrations and fascinating facts about bugs. Learning the ABCs has never been so bitingly fun! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet is the fourth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, flowers, and trees.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.
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Big Bug
Written & illustrated by Henry Cole
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Size is relative, but everything is worth seeing in this concept book from the illustrator of And Tango Makes Three—now available as a Classic Board Book. Beginning with a beautiful close-up of a “big” ladybug, this adorable board book artfully depicts the concept of scale as it zooms out from the bug, to a flower, to a cow, all the way to an expansive spread of sky. Then author Henry Cole masterfully zooms back in from that sky, to a tree, to a house, to a window, all the way to the end where an adorable dog is taking a “little” nap. Young readers will love the lush illustrations of the animals, objects, and scenery of a farm, and they’ll delight in seeing how something “big” can suddenly seem “little” with every turn of a page!
Honorable Mentions
Heads and Tails: Insects book
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Follow Me book
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic book
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Feely Bugs book
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  1. Heads and Tails: Insects - Yellow and black stripes. Red with black spots. Can you guess what insect is on the next page? A beautifully illustrated companion to Heads and Tails. I live in a hive. . . . I AM A . . . Hopping, flittering, hiding, crawling . . . Can you guess what insect will appear next? Paired with simple clues, nineteenth-century artwork inspires the illustrations that lead children from page to page, from tail to head, as they discover whether their hunches are right. Whether mosquito or dragonfly, ant or grasshopper, stick insect or praying mantis, the insect creatures found in this enticing book will have children buzzing with curiosity.

  2. Follow Me - Follow, point, press! Children are invited to interact with the bright, bold artwork to complete simple activities using their fingers. Follow the wiggly dog to pat him on the head, help the butterflies get to the flowers and lots more. Features tactile embossing on every page. These activities are perfect for encouraging the development of fine motor skills.

  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic - Read along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he eats some of his favorite foods in this new scratch-and-sniff board book! Munch through different foods with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this brand-new scratch-and-sniff board book! Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Scratch-and-Sniff includes a sweet story about Eric Carle’s classic character eating through his favorite foods and includes six fun scents to scratch and sniff on every spread for added fun!

  4. Feely Bugs - Fuzzy bugs, feathery bugs, lacy bugs, and leathery bugs are among the tempting textures that kids of all ages will want to identify (and play with). David Carter has created a Bug touch-and-feel book filled with tons of tactile fun.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Ladybugs

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The Grouchy Ladybug
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
It's the Grouchy Ladybug's 20th birthday. To celebrate, we are introducing a new, larger format edition with brighter, more colorful pages created from Eric Carle's original artwork using the latest reproduction technology. The Grouchy Ladybug is bigger and brigher, as irascible but irresistable as ever and will surely delight new generations of readers, as well as her devoted fans of all ages. Happy Birthday, Grouchy Ladybug!
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The Tiny Baker
Written by Hayley Barrett & illustrated by Alison Jay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
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Where's the Ladybug?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly bugs hiding behind bright felt flaps. And there’s a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little ones.
Honorable Mentions
Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! book
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Can You Make a Scary Face? book
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What the Ladybug Heard book
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What the Ladybug Heard at the Zoo book
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  1. Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! - Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! Where are you? There you are… afloat in the bath, with Duck and Giraffe! Ladybug loves to hide. Come along on a treasure hunt to find this sneaky little bug, wherever she may be! Children will delight in this picture book game of hide-and-seek and will eagerly read along, pointing out Ladybug’s newest and cleverest hiding spot time and again.

  2. Can You Make a Scary Face? - What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it! This exuberant, interactive picture book starring a bossy little ladybug and a GIANT hungry frog will have kids leaping up and down and out of their seats to dance and make silly scary faces of their own.

  3. What the Ladybug Heard - Although much quieter than the farm animals that moo, cluck or oink, a gentle ladybug is instrumental in foiling a plan to steal the farm’s prize-winning cow. By the author of The Gruffalo.

  4. What the Ladybug Heard at the Zoo - Ladybug is ready for a vacation! When she flies into the city, the last thing she expects is to run into those no-good robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len. This time, the dastardly duo have their sights set on Monkey Joe, resident of the local zoo—with his help, they hope to break into the Queen’s palace! It will take all the animals, including the Queen’s famous corgis, to put an end to this royal mischief. Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have done it again in this latest laugh-out-loud romp!

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Butterflies

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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
Written by Alan Madison & illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Velma starts first grade in the shadow of her memorable older sisters, and while her newfound interest in butterflies helps her to stand out, it also leads to an interesting complication.
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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Written by Judy Goldman & illustrated by Rene King Moreno and Judy Goldman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A family celebrates Día de Muertos, a holiday for remembering those who have passed. When the monarch butterflies return to her Mexican countryside, Lupita knows that Día de Muertos, "the Day of the Dead," is near. She and her favorite uncle watch the butterflies flutter in the trees. When a butterfly lands on Lupita's hand, her uncle reminds her that she should never hurt a monarch because they are believed to be the souls of the departed. Lupita and her family get ready for the holiday. When the first of November arrives, the family will go to the cemetery to honor the memories of their loved ones. But this year is different—Lupita's uncle cannot join them. Now, Lupita learns the true meaning of the celebration.
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Claudia & Moth
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder. Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors. But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light.
Honorable Mentions
Caterpillar Dreams book
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Caterpillar and Bean book
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Señorita Mariposa book
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Butterflies on the First Day of School book
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  1. Caterpillar Dreams - The Very Hungry Caterpillar meets Giraffes Can’t Dance in this sweet coming of age story about finding one’s courage. All Henri the Caterpillar has is a dream. It’s an amazing, incredible, impossible dream. And to chase it, Henri will have to leave the safety of his garden and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Written and illustrated by the award-winning creator of A Bed for Bear, Clive McFarland, Caterpillar Dreams is the inspiring story of what can happen when you dare to believe in yourself.

  2. Caterpillar and Bean - Observe the ways plants and insects interact in a gentle introduction to growing for budding scientists. What’s that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And what’s that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger and bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant is growing, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods, as it reaches up toward the sun. Side by side, plant and insect grow . . . and grow . . . and grow throughout the year, until they come full circle. This fourth book in the First Science Storybook series uses simple, clear language and colorful illustrations to inspire very young readers as they learn about life cycles.

  3. Señorita Mariposa - A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish. Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter–and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.

  4. Butterflies on the First Day of School - Rosie’s excited to start kindergarten—she’s had her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly. Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she greets a new friend, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! Soon, Rosie frees all her butterflies . . . and helps another shy student release hers, too.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Counting And Numbers

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The Icky Bug Counting Board Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta & 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.
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How Many Hugs?
Written by Heather Swain & illustrated by Steven Henry
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That's 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.
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I Can Only Draw Worms
Written & illustrated by Will Mabbitt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A hilarious picture book in Day-Glo colors all about worms that is perfect for fans of The Book With No Pictures and The Day the Crayons Quit. This is part counting book, part introduction to worms, but all superbly silly. The fact that the author/illustrator can only draw worms will not take anything away from the laugh-out-loud adventure readers will have as they turn the pages of this slightly subversive picture book.
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A Frog in the Bog book
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Not a Bean book
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How Many Bugs in a Box? book
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Ten Little Ladybugs Storybook book
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  1. A Frog in the Bog - From the bestselling author of “Bear Snores On” comes this hilariously illustrated story that teaches young readers the concept of counting from one to five and back again. Full color.

  2. Not a Bean - A Mexican jumping bean isn’t a bean at all. It’s a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar! With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean’s daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod.

  3. How Many Bugs in a Box? - Here is the book that started the Bugs phenomenon! Inside each bright box are bugs to count from one to ten. Bugs fans will laugh and learn as they lift open the boxes and find colorful, comical bugs that pop out, run, eat — and even swim! How Many Bugs in a Box? will keep children counting over and over again.

  4. Ten Little Ladybugs Storybook - One by one, ten tactile bugs disappear. Where did they all go? Young ones will love finding out as they feel their way through the sturdy, colorful pages of this innovative book. The cute critters provide a hands-on learning experience and the rhyming text reinforces the counting concept. Interactive, educational, adorable—this magical countdown book adds up to a whole lot of fun.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Culture

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The Cricket in Times Square
Written by George Selden & illustrated by Garth Williams
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He'd be there still if he hadn't followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides—and friends—than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures—from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire. Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents' newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one—not even Chester himself—realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two. The Cricket in Times Square is a 1961 Newbery Honor Book.
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Written by Verna Aardema & illustrated by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
"In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece." -Booklist, starred review. Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977. A mosquito's lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl's refusal to wake the sun and the lion's decision to call a meeting of the animals.
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Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery
Written by A. B. Greenfield & illustrated by Sarah Horne
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
A smug royal cat turned detective and his dung beetle sidekick are on the case when a precious tomb gets ransacked in the Valley of the Kings. Ra the Mighty adores his duties as Pharaoh's cat: naps by the pool and plenty of snacks. Being lazy is so much fun. But when a royal tomb gets robbed, Ra and his hardworking friend Khepri must team up to restore justice. The clues point to a young boy whom Ra admires. Will the Great Detective play favorites, or will he uncover the truth? Mystery awaits! More than thirty wacky illustrations with fun historical details bring these oddball characters to life, along with a glossary, pronunciation guide, and detailed author's note about ancient Egypt. Fans of Bad Kitty will love Ra's witty voice and arrogant antics. Pair with companion, Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective.
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Summer Birds book
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The Bug Girl book
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  1. Summer Birds - Documents the work of a young girl, Maria Merian, who lived during the Middle Ages and disproved the theory of spontaneous generation by observing caterpillars as they spun cocoons and emerged as butterflies and moths in the spring. By the author of the Newbery Honor Book, The Surrender Tree.

  2. The Bug Girl - Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil—and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn’t stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths—discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators. This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Feelings And Emotions

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Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
This beautiful little gift book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar provides a simple, easy-to-follow journey to relaxation, perfect for children and adults. Just stop and breathe . . . How do you feel? Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a soothing story featuring classic art from the World of Eric Carle. With simple coping mechanisms and beautiful illustrations, this book is an excellent reminder to kids and adults alike to take a moment, breathe deep, and smile!
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You're My Little Cuddle Bug
Written by Nicola Edwards & illustrated by Natalie Marshall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Celebrate your little cuddle bug with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! Celebrate your little cuddle bug with this sweet and colorful rhyming board book! With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut cuddle bugs to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story.
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A Way with Wild Things
Written by Larissa Theule & illustrated by Sara Palacios
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
Poppy's not flashy, but she stands out in her own way. This charming book about a girl who loves nature celebrates quieter kids. Poppy Ann Fields loves bugs—sitting in the grass singing with cicadas, carrying on conversations with ladybugs—and feels much more at home outside with six-legged friends than with other people. Inside, Poppy prefers to disappear into the background. Some might call her a wallflower. But when Grandma Phyllis turns 100, Poppy must go to the party. She wears a dress that blends into the garden setting, so she’s almost invisible, until a very special bug lands on Grandma Phyllis’s cake. Poppy can’t resist popping out to see it. Soon, the rest of the party guests notice this beautiful wild thing—Poppy and the dragonfly! With a gently poetic text from newcomer Larissa Theule and wildly charming illustrations by Sara Palacios, this story shows that sometimes a wallflower is actually a wildflower.
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Musical Mac book
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Kaia and the Bees book
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The Very Lonely Firefly book
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Snippet the Early Riser book
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  1. Musical Mac - Mac the millipede loves to make music. He dreams of playing in a talent show with a band, but wherever he auditions, everyone says NO. No one wants him . . . until Mac comes up with an ingenious one-millipede solution to his problem! Brendan Kearney’s funny picture book will inspire kids who like to march to the beat of their own drum.

  2. Kaia and the Bees - The author of Those Shoes and an award-winning illustrator team up for the story of a girl who tries to overcome her fear of bees to see how amazing they are. Kaia is the brave type. Like hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of bees live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia — unless she can find a way to be the brave girl she always says she is. Against a sunny city setting, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Angela Dominguez depict Kaia’s small courageous steps — and her tiny insect neighbors — with great empathy and charm. Buzzing with storytime potential, Kaia and the Bees is an honest and relatable tale about bravery and compassion, as well as the importance of bees to our world.

  3. The Very Lonely Firefly - A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it’s looking for–a surprise sure to bring smiles to anyone who turn the final page! Lushly illustrated with Eric Carle’s trademark vibrant collage art, soothingly told with a gentle read-aloud rhythm, and complete with a surprise sure to “light up” children’s faces, The Very Lonely Firefly will fast become a storytime favorite. Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table–and watch those fireflies glow!

  4. Snippet the Early Riser - Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and determined to rouse his family. But how? Snippet the Early Riser is the perfect bedtime (or wake-up time!) tale, celebrating early birds and late snoozers alike.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Family

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James and the Giant Peach
Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!
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Oh No! Look What the Cat Dragged in
Written by Joy H. Davidson & illustrated by Jenny Cooper
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
"Grandma's acting worried, and looking very grim. She never knows each morning, just what the cat dragged in!" Mice and lizards and bats . . . EEEW! What will the cat drag in next? This hilarious picture book has a fun "yuck" factor that will make kids laugh again and again! A week at Grandma's house descends into chaos when her adventurous kitty--who sneaks out every night through a flap in the door--drags in an assortment of increasingly icky creatures. From creepy crawlies and hissing snakes to an angry, snarling weasel and a load of dirty laundry, each day's "gifts" grow wilder and wilder . . . until Grandma comes up with an ingenious way to put a stop to her wandering feline's nighttime fun. Children will love chanting along with the refrain "OH NO NO NO! Look what the cat dragged in" and will delight in Jenny Cooper's gleefully gory illustrations.
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Bugs Don't Hug
Written by Heather L. Montgomery & illustrated by Stephen Stone
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
Meet the mamas and papas of the insect world in this fresh and funny nonfiction look at how bugs are like us from popular science author and teacher Heather Montgomery. Most insects don't take care of their young, but some do--in surprising ways. Some bugs clean up after their messy little ones, cater to their picky eaters, and yes--hug their baby bugs. A fun and clever look at parenting in the insect world, perfect for backyard scientists and their own moms and dads.
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James to the Rescue book
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Honeybees and Frenemies book
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Pedro Goes Buggy book
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Big Little Hippo book
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  1. James to the Rescue - “Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family. All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs his human friend James’s help to save Uncle Albert before it’s too late”—

  2. Honeybees and Frenemies - Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey. It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no. Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.

  3. Pedro Goes Buggy - Pedro collects a lot of different bugs for a class assignment, but when his brother lets them out in the house their parents are furious, and ban any further collecting.

  4. Big Little Hippo - Little Hippo is the youngest in his family . . . and the smallest. Smaller than his parents, his siblings, and all his friends, too. And even though his mom promises he’ll grow, he wants to be big RIGHT NOW! But when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.

Books About Bugs And Insects and The Environment

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The Leaf Men
Written & illustrated by William Joyce
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William Joyce's absolutely gorgeous illustrations absolutely make this tale of the fight between good and evil in one dying garden between the doodlebugs and the leaf men they summon for help and the Spider Queen and her ant minions. The story is a little odd and requires the use of one's very active imagination, but is at the sample time beautifully soothing.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
When an old woman gets sick and her garden begins to die, the doodle bugs call on the Leaf Men to make things right again.
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Slide-N-Seek Earth
Written & illustrated by David Miles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Explore a new and exciting way to learn about what’s happening underground with this interactive Slide-N-Seek book. With a turn of the wheel, you’ll see colorful images transform before your very eyes. But don’t stop there, look closer and you’ll discover hidden images throughout every page. Kids will love this fun and educational format while learning about fascinating objects along the way.
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The Honeybee
Written by Kirsten Hall & illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. Bzzz… What’s that? Do you hear it? You’re near it. It’s closer, it’s coming, it’s buzzing, it’s humming… A BEE! With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
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Bee and Me book
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UnBEElievables book
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  1. Bee and Me - The mystery of the dwindling population of honeybees throughout the world has been a growing concern in recent years. This story brings the critical importance of bees to light for young children through the innovative process of Ani-Motion.

  2. Look Who's There - Children will discover nature’s creatures hidden in graphic environments.

  3. Give Bees a Chance - From the author-illustrator of Children’s Choice Book Award Winner I’m Trying to Love Spiders: a plea to please give bees a chance! Not sure whether to high-five bees or run away from them? Well, maybe you shouldn’t high-five them, but you definitely don’t have to run away from them. Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn’t quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind! Besides making yummy honey, they help plants grow fruits and vegetables. And most bees wouldn’t hurt a fly (unless it was in self-defense!). Bethany Barton’s interactive cartoon-style illustrations and hilarious narrator mean this book is full of facts and fun. With bees officially on the endangered animals list, it’s more important now than ever to get on board with our flying, honey-making friends!

  4. UnBEElievables - The buzz is big for Douglas Florian’s new poetry collection about the unBEElieveably unique lives of honeybees—and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, Douglas Florian explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool—and totally important—part of our ecosystem. Indeed, these buzzy bugs have been in the spotlight lately as wild bee populations are dwindling, honey prices are rising, and beekeeping has become a popular hobby.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Easy Readers

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Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo!
Written by Rosetta Stone & illustrated by Michael Frith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Little things can have a big impact, as in this funny Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss (writing under the name Rosetta Stone) and Michael Frith. When a little bug sneezes, he unknowingly sets off a hilarious chain reaction that wreaks havoc clear across town. From a toppled turtle to a sinking ship to a disrupted circus parade, Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! takes a hysterical look at consequences in a way that only Dr. Seuss can. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
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The Very Busy Spider
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
A spider, blown by the wind to a fence post near a farm yard, begins to build her web and cannot be distracted from the task at hand–not by the horse, cow, sheep, goat, or dog. But when the rooster asks if she wants to catch a pesky fly, the busy spider is able to catch it in her web immediately!
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Diary of a Worm
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
One small worm . one big world! This is the diary . of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school. But unlike you or me, he never has to take a bath, he gets to eat his homework, and because he doesn't have legs, he just can't do the hokey pokey – no matter how hard he tries. This hysterical picture book by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss tells the daily doings of a small worm in a gigantic worm world. Ages 4–8
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The Very Quiet Cricket book
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Hi! Fly Guy book
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  1. The Very Quiet Cricket - One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello–the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . . As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp! Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making. As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise–an actual chirp! Full of Eric Carle’s gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making.

  2. Hi! Fly Guy - When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

  3. I Spy Fly Guy! - The 7th book in the bestselling Fly Guy series—with fun foil covers! When Fly Guy and Buzz play hide-and-seek, Fly Guy hides in his favorite place—the garbage can. But as Buzz finishes counting, the garbageman drives away with the garbage and Fly Guy, too! A very worried Buzz follows the truck to the dump, where he sees zillions of flies. Where is Fly Guy?! Time after time, Buzz thinks he spies Fly Guy, only to be snubbed, boinked, or bitten. Then he realizes they’ve been playing a game. He yells, “I give up. You win!” And Fly Guy leaves his new hiding place—he was on top of Buzz’s hat all along!

  4. I See - A book that’s just right for first-time readers! I see an ant. I see a snail. I see a butterfly. I see a nest. I see eggs. I see birds. With high-energy artwork by an award-winning author-illustrator, this book is perfect for first-time readers and kindergarten readers. This book is a companion to Joe Cepeda’s Up, a Guided Reading Level B I Like to Read book and I Dig, a Guided Reading Level C I Like to Read book

Books About Bugs And Insects and Butterflies, Moths And Caterpillars

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The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
Written & illustrated by Jack Kent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.
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I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The very hungry caterpillar shows appreciation, and love, for all the things fathers do for their children.
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Bugs Everywhere
Written by Lily Murray & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
There are bugs everywhere! Some of them live in jungles, some of them underwater, and some certainly live in your house. And all of them are fascinating! Britta Teckentrup's work will enthral budding entomologists. This nonfiction volume from a much-loved illustrator simply sparks with personality and is chock-full of weird and wonderful facts about all kinds of creepy-crawlies.
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Eric Carle's Book of Many Things book
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Good Night Sleepy Caterpillar book
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I Love You (Almost Always) book
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What's Your Favorite Bug? book
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  1. Eric Carle's Book of Many Things - Learn over 200 words with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other favorite friends from the World of Eric Carle. Children will have hours of fun learning first words and first concepts in this beautiful book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From things in the garden to things you can eat, from numbers to shapes, from colors to feelings, this is the perfect way for little ones to learn what they need to navigate their busy worlds.

  2. Good Night Sleepy Caterpillar - Follow one little caterpillar through the forest as she says good night to all of her friends! It’s been a long day for one little caterpillar. Follow her through the forest as she says good night to all of her woodland friends in this delightful peek-through bedtime storybook. With colorful illustrations and die-cuts on every page, this book will keep little hands busy before they have sweet dreams!

  3. I Love You (Almost Always) - When two creatures are different, can they still be pals? A sweet pop-up book about friendship, from the creator of The Color Monster.
     
    Ralph is a roly-poly. Rita is a firefly. They are very different, and that is why they like each other . . . until, one day, they don’t. Rita thinks Ralph’s shell is too hard, and Ralph thinks Rita shines too brightly. Is their friendship in trouble? Or can they find a way to compromise? This celebration of love between two besties wows with amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page. It’s the perfect gift for Valentine’s—or any—Day.

  4. What's Your Favorite Bug? - In this companion to “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” and “What’s Your Favorite Color?,” Carle and 14 other beloved children’s book artists illustrate their favorite bugs and explain why they love them. Full color.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Snails

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A Book for Escargot
Written by Dashka Slater & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
In this standalone sequel to Escargot, written by award-winning author Dashka Slater, we follow a funny and charming French snail through a library to find the book of his dreams. Bonjour! It is moi, Escargot, your favorite French snail. Today I am going on a trip to the library, where there are so many stories to choose from! Stories about dog superheroes . . . guinea pig detectives . . . and flamingo astronauts. But sadly, none of these books is about a daring snail hero who saves the day. What is that you say? Perhaps this is the book about the snail hero? Ooh là là!
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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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Escargot
Written by Dashka Slater & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things: 1. To be your favorite animal. 2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book. But when he gets to the salad, he discovers that there's a carrot in it. And Escargot hates carrots. But when he finally tries one—with a little help from you!—he discovers that it's not so bad after all! A charming and interactive picture book ideal for picky eaters and animal lovers alike.
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The Snail And the Whale book
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Snail and Worm Again: Three Stories About Two Friends book
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Marigold and Daisy book
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Snails are Just My Speed! book
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  1. The Snail And the Whale - When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

  2. Snail and Worm Again: Three Stories About Two Friends - Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Geisel Honor Winner In this silly sequel to Snail and Worm, the dynamic duo are back for more fun and giggles in three new comic shorts brimming with quirky humor and unflappable friendship. At turns clever and sweet, these laugh-out-loud stories are perfect for readers coming out of their own shells and making the transition between picture books and chapter books.

  3. Marigold and Daisy - Although Marigold is excited to meet her new snail sister, Daisy, she becomes envious of the attention everyone gives her, but when Marigold reaches her breaking point and decides to run away, she discovers that Daisy may come in handy after all.

  4. Snails are Just My Speed! - What’s the scoop behind all the mucus? Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-up’s hand? Kevin McCloskey mixes snail science, art, and hilarity for the newest book in his Giggle and Learn series, praised by The New York Times as “a winning combination of facts and gross-out fun.”

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Action And Adventure

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Bear Out There
Written & illustrated by Jacob Grant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Bear and Spider are back in another charming odd-couple friendship story, perfect for fans of Peter Brown and Greg Pizzoli. Bear's favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider loves the outdoors! When Spider's kite flies away, Bear must venture out and into the messy forest to help his friend. As their quest in the forest goes from bad to worse, Bear and Spider show readers that being a friend means being there for each other, no matter what.
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Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor
Written by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens & illustrated by Anoosha Syed
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
In the sequel to "Bug Girl, " two girls with superpowers must defend their town when a villain unleashes her fury at the school dance. This funny and action-packed superhero story is filled with illustrations and sidebars featuring real bug facts.
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Maximillian Fly
Written & illustrated by Angie Sage
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, Angie Sage, delivers a gripping and darkly humorous tale of Maximillian Fly—a human with cockroach features—whose quiet life is upended when he aids two human children in their escape from an oppressive governing power. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Adam Gidwitz. Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him. He is a gentle creature who looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide. Instantly, Maximillian’s quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible? Maximillian Fly is a masterful story brimming with suspense, plot twists, and phenomenal world building. This compelling novel delves into family dynamics and themes of prejudice, making the case for tolerance, empathy, and understanding.
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Carl and the Meaning of Life book
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Snail Mail book
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The Honeybee and the Robber book
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Bug Girl book
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  1. Carl and the Meaning of Life - From the often Caldecott-buzzed Deborah Freedman, a sweet and funny story about finding your place in the world. Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: “Why?” Carl’s quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it’s not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize everyone, no matter how small, makes a big difference just by being themselves.

  2. Snail Mail - A long, long time ago, before email and texting, the mail was delivered in a much slower way-it was called Snail Mail (because some thought it was delivered by a snail). Although it took much longer, everyone agreed that letters were a little more special when they were delivered by Snail Mail. They might be handwritten. They might include a drawing. They might even contain a surprise inside! One such letter was sent by a Girl to the Boy she loved, and it was up to four special snails to deliver her card across the country. The snails trek across the country-through desert heat and dangerous blizzards, across mountains and plains, through cities and forests-and along the way, they find that taking time to slow down and look around makes the journey all the more beautiful. Snail Mail’s playful and educational story encourages kids to have slow living, and to approach life with determination and wonder. Julia Patton’s rich illustrations showcase America’s diverse terrain and national monuments from coast to coast. Kids and parents alike will delight in this celebration of America’s beauty and the power of a simple handwritten letter.

  3. The Honeybee and the Robber - After gathering nectar and making its way safely home, a lone honeybee saves the day when a bear attacks the hive.

  4. Bug Girl - Sarah Hines Stephens and Benjamin Harper’s Bug Girl is a funny and action-packed middle-grade superhero adventure with a beautifully designed two color interior and sidebars featuring real bug facts! Amanda Price adores all things bug-related—from spiders to mantises—like, seriously loves them. Unfortunately most of her fellow sixth-graders do not share her invertebrate obsession. They’re grossed out by it. Especially Amanda’s ex-best friend, Emily, who thinks Amanda is creepy weird. But when mysterious invaders menace the town of Oyster Cove and take both Amanda and Emily’s mothers captive, Amanda unexpectedly develops amazing insectile powers! Newly equipped with antennae and a glistening exoskeleton she uncovers a secret that changes everything. Now Amanda has to act fast or her town and her mom are doomed! There’s just one complication…she needs Emily’s help. Suddenly Amanda’s worst enemy becomes her best ally, but working together may be even harder than saving their town from being squashed like a . . . well . . . BUG GIRL. She’s got the buzz. An Imprint Book “Bearing all the campy hallmarks and high drama of a classic superhero romp, this entertaining . . . tale also features interesting entomological tidbits throughout.” —Kirkus Reviews

Books About Bugs And Insects and Science

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Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Shennen Bersani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
This nature alphabet book from best-selling author Jerry Pallotta features moths (not butterflies!) of all shapes and sizes. Meet dozens of moths--and a few bonus creatures--with engaging text and a laugh-out-loud narrative, from A (Atlas Moth) to G (Green Lips Moth--no kissing allowed!) to J (Jersey Tiger Moth, whose underwings are a completely different color than their upper wings, not to be confused with their underwear) to Z (Zigzag Moth). Readers of all ages will be entertained (and learning!) with every page turn.
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs
Written & illustrated by Andrea Cascardi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Enticing and educational guides to our feathered friends and all things creepy-crawly, featuring artwork from the We're Going On a Bear Hunt animated special. Ants, spiders, and butterflies, oh my! Readers will learn about all sorts of bugs and insects in this guide for eager young entomologists. Whether the plan is to scour the house for crawling critters or venture out on a big bug hunt, this book is teeming with information on where to search for bugs, how to plan an excursion, and more -- including buggy activities and stickers.
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the bee book
Written & illustrated by Charlotte Milner
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
Explore the secret world of bees: how they live, how they work, how they support each other and their hive. DK's The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature's hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and--most importantly--responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat!
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Caterpillar to Butterfly book
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  1. Caterpillar to Butterfly - How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Open out the petal-shaped pages, one by one, and watch a transformation unfold. First there’s a tiny egg on a leaf, then a caterpillar hatching, just big enough to see. Look at the caterpillar munching away, growing and shedding layers of skin so it can grow some more. Follow as it spins a thread into a green and golden chrysalis, hanging in the sun. Are you ready to see a glorious transformation when all the page turns are done? Cleverly leading readers through each stage of the caterpillar’s life cycle, Caterpillar to Butterfly is sure to set curiosity into flight.

  2. Good Trick Walking Stick - Walking sticks are among the world’s most fascinating insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, and colorful illustrations, this scientific look at a walking stick’s life-cycle will captivate budding entomologists. Informative sidebars are included that let children learn even more about these wild insects.

  3. I, Fly - Fly is fed up with everyone studying butterflies. Flies are so much cooler! They flap their wings 200 times a second, compared to a butterfly’s measly five to twelve times. Their babies—maggots—are much cuter than caterpillars (obviously). And when they eat solid food, they even throw up on it to turn it into a liquid. Who wouldn’t want to study an insect like that? In an unforgettably fun, fact-filled presentation, this lovable (and highly partisan) narrator promotes his species to a sometimes engrossed, sometimes grossed-out, class of kids.

  4. The Chocopocalypse - Life for Jelly Welly—or Jennifer Wellington—is totally and utterly normal in Chompton-on-de-Lyte. She lives with her mum and dad and gran, has nosy neighbors who like to gossip, and really needs to think of a science project that will get her a good grade. But when news breaks of an impending chocopocalypse, her whole world—and the world at large—is thrown into utter chaos. With only six days left until no more chocolate, Jelly has a sneaking suspicion that something isn’t right. She and her gran investigate, picking up on a mysterious trail of clues. Is it really the dreaded chocopocalypse, or is there a mastermind behind the madness?

Books About Bugs And Insects and Fireflies

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Fireflies
Written & illustrated by Julie Brinckloe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
A young boy is proud of having caught a jar full of fireflies, which seems to him like owning a piece of moonlight, but as the light begins to dim he realizes he must set the insects free or they will die.
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By the Light of the Moon
Written & illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A lyrical picture book from renowned U.K. artist Frann Preston-Gannon A little frog is singing to himself in the swamp one night. His song doesn’t seem complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Nothing sounds right until they are joined by the littlest voice in the swamp — that of a tiny firefly. This wonderfully illustrated picture book carries the important message that small voices need to be heard, too.
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Good Night, Firefly
Written & illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Here is a magical bedtime story, sure to inspire readers with its message of friendship and kindness. Nina is afraid of the dark. Luckily she has a nightlight, but one night the power goes out. What can Nina do to keep the shadows from creeping in? She catches a firefly to keep her company. But soon it’s clear that what works for Nina is not good for her new friend, and so Nina has to make a decision. This is a story that celebrates the joy of doing the right thing—even when it’s not easy to do—with stunning black-and-white illustrations and fireflies represented by glowing spots of color—perfect to capture the effect of this heartwarming fantasy for the youngest child.
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Like a Shooting Star book
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  1. Like a Shooting Star - Award-winning filmmaker and author of The Boy Who Loved the Moon. Rino Alaimo returns with an endearing tale about courage and love. When a young boy’s father doesn’t return from the war, the lonely boy wishes upon a shooting star—one that turns out to be a little firefly who, try as she might, just can’t fly. Touched by the boy’s earnest wish, the firefly undertakes a courageous journey to bring the boy’s father home. Hope, love, and the courage of an unlikely hero fill the pages of this stunningly illustrated picture book.

  2. Bug Off! - Maude wants to be a member of the Bug-of-the-Month Club in her new neighborhood and decides that her entrance speech will be about fireflies. She reads, she researches, she prepares, and she delivers a speech that all the club members love—except for hard-to-please Louise. Louise won’t even let Maude in the club! So Maude vows to really let Louise have it for being so rude—but when she does, it’s not in the way anyone expects. A sparkly story about friendship, kindness, and inclusion—packed with info about fireflies, too!

  3. How to Survive As a Firefly - Listen up, larvae! I’ve been in the trenches for the last year and a half, and let me tell you, there is danger lurking behind every tree and headlight. With my expertise, you’ll learn how to hunt your first meal (snail soup anyone?), what makes your abdomen glow (put down the fire extinguisher!), and how to react when your mate wants to eat you for dinner (who knew fireflies could be cannibals?). Buck up, buttercup you’re in for the flight of your life! If you know what s good for you, you’ll stop goofing around and pay attention to How to Survive as a Firefly, or you might never make it to adulthood! How to Survive as a Firefly provides a unique take on insect science that will entertain and educate in and out of the classroom. Full of opportunities for extended learning, this book includes fun facts hidden throughout the hilarious illustrated story and after, a glossary of important terms and some real firefly photos. If you’ve ever wondered how these fascinating beetles grow and glow and you like to laugh while you learn this book is for you!

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Ants

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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
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.
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Henry's Awful Mistake
Written & 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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Ants 'n' Uncles book
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Exploding Ants book
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The Ant and the Big Bad Bully Goat book
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The Night Before the 100th Day of School book
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  1. Ants 'n' Uncles - 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Books About Bugs And Insects and Gardening

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Little Yellow Bee
Written by Ginger Swift and Cottage Door Press & illustrated by Katya Longhi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Introduces animals & environments Encourages use of fine motor skills Entertains with exploration & surprise Explore a colorful garden with Little Yellow Bee. The chunky board book has especially thick flaps for baby to grasp and lift. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure. Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby's attention. ISBN: 978-1-68052-083-5 5.0"w x 5.0"h 6 lift-a-flap spreads embossed cover with foil
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In a Garden
Written by Tim McCanna & illustrated by Aimee Sicuro
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Acclaimed author Tim McCanna celebrates gardens, nature, and all sorts of critters in this delightful and vibrant read-aloud picture book. In the earth a single seed sits beside a millipede worms and termites dig and toil moving through the garden soil How does a garden grow? Follow along from seed to sprout to bud to flower as a garden blooms. Worms, ladybugs, millipedes, and more help a garden grow each season. Tim McCanna’s gorgeous, rhyming text, combined with Aimée Sicuro’s stunning illustrations make this charming picture book as informative as it is fun to read aloud. Bonus backmatter features tons of cool facts about ecosystems and the symbiosis between plants and bugs.
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The Bee Book
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Recommend Ages: 5-6
The Bee Book shows you step-by-step how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping, and harness the power of honey for well-being. Fully illustrated with full-color photographs throughout, this beautiful guide covers everything you need to know to start your own backyard hive, from setup to harvest. Practical beekeeping techniques are explained with clear step-by-step sequences, photos, and diagrams so you'll be prepared to establish your own colony, deal with diseases, collect a swarm, and much more. A comprehensive gardening chapter features planting plans to fill container and border gardens, bee "hotel" and habitat projects, and an at-a-glance flower gallery of bees' favorite plants. The Bee Book also shows you how to harvest honey, beeswax, and propolis from the hive and use these ingredients in 38 recipes for home remedies, beauty treatments, and candle-making. Discover the wonder of bees in nature, in your garden, and in the hive with The Bee Book, lavishly bound in a beautiful gold-foil and texture cover and perfect for gift giving.
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Dig In! book
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Hello, Garden Bugs: A High-Contrast Book book
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  1. Dig In! - Dig in to this vibrant picture book that celebrates all the surprises found down in the dirt! I dig in the dirt…and find a seed. Seed waits. I dig in the dirt…and find a spider. Spider runs. Explore all of the creepy, crawly, dirty, muddy, green, and growing things that can be found outside in the garden. From pill bugs to worms to leafy green sprouts, young readers will love discovering the muddy garden habitat within the pages of this book—and outside in their own backyards! This sweet and playful celebration of outdoor exploration is a perfect read aloud for story time.

  2. Hello, Garden Bugs: A High-Contrast Book - Ladybugs, snails, and butterflies! Oh my! This charming introduction to ten garden bugs, paired with friendly text and bold, basic patterns, provides a great high-contrast experience for young developing eyes. Newborns cannot fully recognize colors, so the sharp contrast between black and white patterns and illustrations allows babies to follow along and make connections to the real world, an important building block for communication skills. Using simple greetings like “Hello, bumblebee” and “Good to see you, dragonfly” alongside black-and-white art by Julissa Mora, Hello, Garden Bugs is the perfect board book for babies just beginning to look around and learn about their world.

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Birds

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Fly Flies
Written by Ziggy Hanaor & illustrated by Alice Bowsher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Fly just wants to have fun flying, but everyone she meets thinks she’s doing it all WRONG! Fly is happily practicing her flying in the park, doing some wibbles and some wobbles and some waveys. Blackbird, Seagull, Starling and Hawk take turns giving Fly advice about the best way to fly; fly in a straight line, glide on the wind, fly in a flock, dive onto your food…. Fly tries to take their advice on board, but each time finds that this is not HER way to fly. With a sweet, witty twist at the end, this is a delightful book about staying true to yourself in the face of people who insist they know better.
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Curious Critters Texas
Written & illustrated by David FitzSimmons
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Curious Critters Texas brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found in the Lone Star State. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!
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Not So Small at All
Written & illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5
Have you ever felt like you're just too small to do important stuff in the world at all? Well, take a closer look, and then you'll see that the smallest of things are as AMAZING as can be! Little things are capable of giant accomplishments. Bees, butterflies, and little children too may seem small but are actually full of great strength and incredible potential! Each one is unique, and capable of making big changes in the world.
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Inch by Inch book
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Night of the Living Zombie Bugs book
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Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase book
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Indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! book
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  1. Inch by Inch - To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, a heron’s legs, and a nightingale’s song.

  2. Night of the Living Zombie Bugs - Book 3 in the Speed Bump and Slingshot Misadventures illustrated chapter book series starring two slacker friends on a frightful odyssey through a zombie-filled forest! Speed Bump and Slingshot investigate a potential zombie outbreak in their neck of the forest. As newly minted members of the Eagle Scouts, they’re doing their best to be brave, but when a creepy crow confirms their suspicions, these chicken-hearted birds lose their cool. To make matters worse—they’re not just zombie-birds, they’re ZOMBIE-BUGS! Can these hesitant heroes cast their fears aside and face the cicadas newly risen from the underworld? Or will the zombie-bugs conquer all and transform Speed Bump and Slingshot into the undead? Find out in Night of the Living Zombie Bugs, the third installment of this hilarious series from Dave Coverly. A Christy Ottaviano Book Read the whole series! Night of the Living Worms Night of the Living Shadows Night of the Living Zombie Bugs Praise for Night of the Living Shadows: “Overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire.” —Kirkus Reviews “This misadventure from a bird’s perspective is hilarious, light, and clever and may provide fun reading and anew favorite.” —Children’s Literature Night of the Living Worms: An Amazon Editors’ Best Book of the Month A Florida Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Selection “Dave Coverly is ridiculously funny and clever and creative. I’m jealous of his bird brain.” —Stephan Pastis, New York Times-bestselling author of the Timmy Failure series “Coverly’s drawings are full of visual jokes, and the narrative is packed with playful language. . . . Clever, imaginative, and precisely targeted to its audience, this new series is sure to please.” —Booklist “Filled with subtle irony, wordplay, and gentle pokes at life, the text is accompanied by appealingly large, cartoon-style, black-and-white line drawings . . . This story will have students laughing out loud and reluctant readers asking for the sequel.” —School Library Journal “The jokes and birdy banter come fast and furious . . . and should keep readers flying through the pages.” —Publishers Weekly “Both [pictures and text] are liberally festooned with gags, sight gags . . . and puns.” —Kirkus Reviews

  3. Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase - In this wordless graphic novel, Captain Barbosa sails the seven seas with his trusty shipmates: a fly, an alligator, and an elephant. A seagull steals his treasured hat, and Barbosa and his crew give chase through a nasty storm. When Barbosa reaches the seagull’s island, he finds the hat―along with a nest of baby seagulls―and decides even pirates can forgive and forget.

  4. Indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! - Announcing a brand new idea in publishing books for babies: the completely durable, completely safe Indestructibles. Published on the same paper-like material used in shipping envelopes, Indestructibles are 100% baby-proof: chew-proof, drool-proof, and rip-proof. That’s because Indestructibles not only will not tear or turn gummy with teething, but they are also completely washable. Indestructibles are also energetic, beautiful, and created just for baby. The printing material reproduces color artwork with uncommon depth, and with no residual inkiness; the artwork, paintings by Kaaren Pixton and reminiscent of Eric Carle, is happy, each page a simple, colorful image of an animal or bird or insect against a rich, textured background. The effect is 3D-like and completely visual. There are no words, making each perfect for parents and babies to look at together, with mom or dad telling the story. Three titles launch the series: Creep! Crawl! about animals that crawl, Flutter! Fly! about animals that fly, and Wiggle! March! about farm animals—books babies can really sink their teeth into.

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Music

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Hey Little Ant
Written by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose & 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.
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The Ant and the Grasshopper
Written by Rebecca Emberley & illustrated by Ed Emberley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
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.
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The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito
Written by Tomson Highway & illustrated by Sue Todd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
Timely, Fun, Challenging and Wise! Tomson Highway's musical cabaret, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito, couldn't be more vividly presented unless you were sitting in the middle seat of the front row watching the Cree playwright, performer, musician and poet himself. The story of a wingless little mosquito from Manitoba has all the whimsy and wise humour any audience could ask for. The ageless theme of a misfit, who finds her voice through song and who learns to make friends by communicating directly with her audience, is a timely treat for anyone who has felt like an outsider, dealt with bullying, moved to a new place, or was different from the rest of the pack. The entire script is here, complete with song lyrics, stage directions, Cree vocabulary, and challenging tongue twisters to delight all ages. A perfect book for drama students, teachers, and theatre enthusiasts, this beautiful full-colour volume serves as an interactive read-aloud for the young, or a great way to introduce students to the joys of staging a musical production.
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Nicholas Cricket book
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  1. Nicholas Cricket - Nicholas Cricket and the Bug-a-Wug Cricket Band are house band entertaining ladybugs, toads, turtles, and grasshoppers until dawn each evening.

  2. Manuelo, the Playing Mantis - One warm summer evening, a lonely praying mantis named Manuelo listens to the music of an outdoor concert. Manuelo wishes that he, too, could make music like the crickets and the katydids. But the instruments he makes don’t play. Then Manuelo meets someone who shows him how to fashion a cello using a walnut shell, a stick, and a special ingredient. Manuelo makes his first true friend and, together, they create the music they both love.

  3. Pest in Show - Ladybug knows she was born to be a star. She can’t wait to sing and dance in her newest musical, which will be her best show ever. Ladybug won’t let anyone get in the way of her performance…especially her little brother, Fly. He’s a pest! But Fly is determined to be part of the act, no matter what. Is the show big enough for this sibling rivalry? This sing-along, read-aloud, funny tribute to the budding Broadway star in all of us is sure to be a smash hit, and shows that working together really does pay off.

  4. Shoo Fly! - In this illustrated version of a familiar song, a mouse tries to get rid of a pesky, unwanted playmate.

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Honey

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Please Please the Bees
Written & illustrated by Gerald Kelley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day. But all that changes when the bees go on strike. Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fixes up the hive and learns to be a better beekeeper. Will the bees be pleased?
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The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
Written by Joanna Cole & illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a fieldtrip to a beehive in her magic school bus.
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The Life and Times of the Honeybee
Written & illustrated by Charles Micucci
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Depicts the life cycle and habits of the honeybee, describing in detail the organization of the hive and the making of honey.
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Hello Honeybees book
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  1. Hello Honeybees - Nature lovers will adore this ingenious board book that transforms into a stand-up beehive! Simply “fly” the two bee characters attached to ribbons through the beautifully illustrated pages to visit a garden, tour the beehive, and see how honey is made. Full of playful and informative touches, this book is a sweet introduction to the hardworking honeybee that will have young readers buzzing to learn more.

  2. Beehive - Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process. With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Beetles

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Bonkers about Beetles
Written & illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Owen Davey's dynamic art and witty informational tidbits shine a light on the toughest bugs in the insect world: those brawny beetles! Did you know that there are roughly 400,000 different species of beetles? These incredible creatures make up about 25% of all animals on our planet! Beetles are superbly adapted to life in various climates across the world, wherever trees and flowers are found. From the mighty Goliath beetle to the beautiful iridescent scarab beetle, this captivating and stunningly illustrated guide will teach you everything you need to know about these fascinating insects.
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The Beetle Book
Written & illustrated by Steve Jenkins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Beetles squeak and beetles glow. Beetles stink, beetles sprint, beetles walk on water. With legs, antennae, horns, beautiful shells, knobs, and other oddities—what’s not to like about beetles? The beetle world is vast: one out of every four living things on earth is a beetle. There are over 350,000 different species named so far and scientists suspect there may be as many as a million. From the goliath beetle that weighs one fourth of a pound to the nine inch long titan beetle, award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins presents a fascinating array of these intriguing insects and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive.
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Trouble at School for Marvin & James
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
In the new Masterpiece Adventure Trouble at School for Marvin & James, the third in a series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time! Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him?
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The Very Clumsy Click Beetle book
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The Miniature World of Marvin & James book
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  1. The Very Clumsy Click Beetle - A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! When a little click beetle falls onto his back, he seeks the help of a wise old click beetle. “Look at me,” says the more experienced click beetle, giving a loud CLICK and flipping onto its feet. But try as he might, the clumsy little click beetle just can’t get the hang of it–or can he? In the tradition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Carle creates a winning story of perseverance and pride in achievement complete with an ingenious fiber-optic microchip that truly gives voice to the valiant little beetle as it CLICKs its way through the colorful pages and somersaults into your heart.

  2. The Miniature World of Marvin & James - In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin’s friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

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Books About Bugs And Insects and Zoology

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The Secret of the Egg
Written by Nicola Davies & illustrated by Abbie Cameron
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Discover the delights of nature with zoologist, poet, and top children's book author, Nicola Davies. Follow the young adventurer as she explores eggs of all shapes and sizes, where they may be hiding and what secrets could be held within. The easy rhymes encourage children to join in. With zoologically accurate, bright, and exciting illustrations by Abbie Cameron, this book explores the huge variety of animal and insect eggs and is one in a series of rhyming picture books which entertain and educate on a wide range of animals.
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A Dog's Book of Bugs
Written by Elizabeth Griffen & illustrated by Peter Parnall
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
This book is for dogs that like bugs. And for anyone else who may be interested in their buzzing, bumbling, leaping, creeping world. Features the lady bug, beetle, grasshopper, earwig, horse fly, crane fly, and more.
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Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles
Written by Mark Kurlansky & illustrated by Jia Liu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
By now you’ve probably heard that bees are disappearing—but they aren’t the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This middle grade nonfiction explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects. Exploring human causes, like the Baltimore electric company that collected fireflies to attempt to harness their phosphorescent lighting source, to natural occurrences, like the mysterious colony collapse disorder that plagues bee populations, master nonfiction storyteller Mark Kurlansky shows just how much bugs matter to our world.
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We Dig Worms! book
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My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis book
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Soar High, Dragonfly book
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  1. We Dig Worms! - What do worms do all day? How do they see? And why are they so cold and squishy? Find out by going on an underground tour through the hidden world of earthworms. Kevin McCloskey’s book even shows readers what’s happening inside a worm’s body— brain, crop, gizzard, and more. The book takes young readers from “ew!” to “wow!” as they learn about the different ways worms work hard to help the earth. Kids may pick up many of the life science lessons contained here on their first read, but they’ll return to We Dig Worms! again and again to rediscover its story. Deceptively simple, humble yet charming, this little book reaches surprising depths…just like, well, a worm!

  2. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis - Get a bug’s-eye-view on the life cycle of the praying mantis, in this hilarious, scientifically accurate Nature Diary following an insect through her whole summer. Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books “May 17: I was born today! It’s a beautiful, sunny spring day!” This is the diary of P. Mantis, one of 150 brothers and sisters born on a garden bush. P. Mantis is an amazing bug: she can make herself look like a stick to hide from predators, she can swivel her head all the way around, and when she’s grown up she’ll even be able to fly! In dated journal entries P. Mantis describes the entirety of her life, sharing the fun and beauty of her world as well its little ups and downs (“I ate one of my brothers. Okay, maybe two”). Colorful, bold art helps illustrate the different stages of the mantis life cycle, and the engaging, narrative text is paired with more detailed information about praying mantises on the heavily-illustrated endpapers.

  3. Soar High, Dragonfly - 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Book Award, Long-list Dragonflies are some the world’s most beautiful (and fascinating!) insects. And one many children can find right in their backyards! With a simple story, perfect for read-alouds, and colorful illustrations, this scientific look at a dragonfly’s life-cycle will captivate little entomologists. Informative sidebars are included that let children learn even more about these amazing insects.

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