Best Children's Books About Bugs

32 Amazing Books for Your Child Who Loves Bugs and Spiders

Updated Feb. 19, 2019

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.)

Some Bugs book
#1
Some Bugs
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!

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!

Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet book
#2
Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
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!

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.

Never Touch a Spider! book
#3
Never Touch a Spider!
Written by Make Believe Ideas Ltd and illustrated by Stuart Lynch
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

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!

Miss Spider's Tea Party book
#4
Miss Spider's Tea Party
Written and illustrated by David Kirk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Bugs Galore book
#5
Bugs Galore
Written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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).

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.

The Very Busy Spider book
#6
The Very Busy Spider
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
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.

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.

Hello, World! Backyard Bugs book
#7
Hello, World! Backyard Bugs
Written and illustrated by Jill McDonald
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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!

Explores the types of bugs that can be found in everyday life, including ladybugs, spiders, grasshoppers, and crickets, and presents facts on each.--

The Grouchy Ladybug book
#8
The Grouchy Ladybug
Written and 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!

Hungry Little Lizard book
#9
Hungry Little Lizard
Written and illustrated by Kate Stone
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This book is colorful, cute, and fun! I like that it's a not-so-blatant counting book, but it promotes counting by showing how many bugs the lizard slurps up. :) The tabs you can lift up to see the inside of the lizard's mouth are fun, too!

SLURP! How many bugs did Hungry Little Lizard catch this time? Pull and Peek to find out! Hungry Little Lizard can’t get enough of those bugs! This unique board book allows kids to open Lizard’s mouth and count how many bugs he’s caught on each page. It’s a fun and silly way for kids to begin counting and practice fine motor skills.

The Leaf Men book
#10
The Leaf Men
Written and illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

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.

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.

The Snail And the Whale book
#11
The Snail And the Whale
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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?

Firenze's Light book
#12
Firenze's Light
Written by Jessica Collaço and illustrated by Angela Li
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The illustrations on this one are my favorite part and they're gorgeous with a little spunk. The story about letting your unique light shine from the perspective of a little firefly is really very cute, but it spells it out a little too plainly and literally for my taste.

Follow Firenze, a feisty firefly, as she discovers the power of her light in this fun and encouraging story of friendship and self-appreciation. Firenze's friends love her light, but Firenze doesn't think it's so great. How can she when it's nearly impossible to play a good game of hide-and-seek?!! When Firenze's light and a new friend's artwork unexpectedly combine, she must decide whether she will keep her light hidden or find the courage to let it shine. "Firenze's Light" is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sets itself apart by leaving out the bullying and shame found in more traditional children's books. Readers will find encouraging, kind characters inspiring self-appreciation, gratitude, kindness and compassion. While Firenze twirled on the stage, she realized how powerful her light was. It was creating magical art, joy for her friends, and happiness in her heart. Suddenly, Firenze felt very grateful she was a firefly. Ideal for children ages 3-8, this is the first in a series of books that reflect gentle parenting and nurture universal values that inspire and empower kids. "Firenze's Light" is a thoughtful gift for baptisms, baby showers, dance recitals and birthdays. Perfect for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade.

Hi! Fly Guy book
#13
Hi! Fly Guy
Written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Very Quiet Cricket book
#14
The Very Quiet Cricket
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

The Very Lonely Firefly book
#15
The Very Lonely Firefly
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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!

Hello, Bugs! book
#16
Hello, Bugs!
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces young readers to ten little bugs, including a ladybug, grasshopper, and butterfly. On board pages.

How Many Bugs in a Box? book
#17
How Many Bugs in a Box?
Written and illustrated by David A. Carter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

Inch by Inch book
#18
Inch by Inch
Written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Snippet the Early Riser book
#19
Snippet the Early Riser
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

A charmingly illustrated book about a little snail that's too full of energy to sleep. Unfortunately, it's all about Snippet and his friends' tactics to wake up his parents. Personally, I'd probably pass on this as I don't want my kids to think such shenanigans are cute or welcome.

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.

Diary of a Fly book
#20
Diary of a Fly
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the dangers of flypaper and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Buzz book
#21
Buzz
Written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Vincent Nguyen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After learning that a bee's body is too chunky for flight, Buzz the bumblebee defies the laws of aerodynamics to save a friend in need.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! book
#22
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Written and illustrated by Bob Barner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-12

A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs. Includes a fun facts sections.

Diary of a Spider book
#23
Diary of a Spider
Written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is the diary . . . of a spider. Actually, he's a lot like you. He goes to gym class and has Grandparents Day at school. But he also spins sticky webs, scales walls, and takes wind-catching lessons. Lucky for him, his best friend is a fly! Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, the team behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Fly, spin a hilarious tale about the upside-down web world of an eight-legged charmer and his unlikely friend, Fly.

The Icky Bug Alphabet Board Book book
#24
The Icky Bug Alphabet Board Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Ralph Masiello
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces the characteristics and activities of insects and other crawly creatures from A to Z, beginning with the ant and concluding with the zebra butterfly. On board pages.

The Fly book
#25
The Fly
Written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

There’s never a dull moment in this funny, beautifully illustrated tale depicting a pesky fly in a whole new light. The housefly in this story doesn’t understand why people won’t share their food with him or play with him . . . and why do they keep trying to give him a swat? He’s not doing any harm! In a clever, interactive novelty book buzzing with fun, Petr Horácek may make readers reluctant to turn the final page.

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