Insects Themed Booklist for kids

All young children will love the engaging picture books in this Insects Themed Booklist.

Insects themed books for kids

Insects Themed Booklist for kids

The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle

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. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, and something different happens.

Little Cricket’s Song, by Reader’s Digest

It’s a delightful summer evening and the meadow is full of the songs of chirping crickets, happy songbirds and croaking frogs. Little cricket wants to join in too, but is too shy to sing his song. Readers can help him though, thanks to the ‘cricket clicker’ built into this beautifully illustrated book.

Are You a Grasshopper, by Judy Allen

Young children will make many amazing discoveries about creatures in their own backyards in this intriguing tale of a day in the life of a grasshopper.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Pretty ladybugs, fluttering butterflies, creepy daddy longlegs, and round roly polies are just some of the familiar creatures featured in this insect album. Check out the actual size bug chart, which provides real-world comparisons so that readers know exactly how big each bug is, and the Bug-O-Meter, which lists fun facts about each bug, such as number of legs, where it lives, whether it flies, and if it stings.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Jennifer Dussling

Young children will learn all about big bad bugs, clever little bugs, and some of the fiercest bugs ever!

Beetle Bop, by Denise Fleming

They crawl up walls, they hide in cracks, they flip, they fly, and sometimes . . . crrrash. Beetles come in all shapes and sizes, and they are everywhere! There are striped beetles, spotted beetles, all-over-dotted beetles–and don’t forget the noisily gnawing beetles! 

The Very Lonely Firefly, by Eric Carle

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!

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges

Young children will explore the amazing world of bugs! The friendly bugs that crawl all over these pages include hungry caterpillars, busy ants, and graceful dragonflies.

In the Tall, Tall Grass, by Denise Flemming

Beginning as the sun is high in the sky and ending as fireflies blink and the moon rises above, this backyard tour is one no child will want to miss.

The Best Bug Parade, by Stuart J. Murphy

Which bug is the biggest? Which bug is the longest? It’s time to find out as all the bugs in Ladybug’s garden line up for the best bug parade! 

Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs, by Catherine Hughes

A delightful reference that introduces young children to bugs of all kinds: big and small, jumping and crawling, colorful and creepy. Backyard favorites, such as ladybugs and lightning bugs are explored, and kids are introduced to more exotic species that inhabit rain forests and deserts around the world.

Ten Little Ladybugs, by Melanie Gerth

A counting book with pop-up ladybugs that will delight teachers and young children alike.

Waiting for Wings, by Lois Ehlert

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat–and how?

Backyard Bugs, by Jill McDonald

Young children love to look at bugs. Here’s a Hello, World! board book that teaches toddlers all about the insects in their backyards—with colors, sounds, sizes, and super-simple facts.

Bug Dance, by Stuart J. Murphy

Bug Dance is perfect for teaching directions to pre-K through kindergarteners. The bugs in Coach Caterpillar’s gym class are learning a new dance. But Centipede can’t do it! If he can’t learn the directions left, right, forward, and backward, this class will be one big FLOP!

Shoo Fly! Leave Me Be! by Kimberley Ezabia Artis

Freddie and Florence are new in town, but it doesn’t seem that they are welcomed. When a few swamp residents welcome them with open arms, is it too good to be true? 

Bugs A – Z, by Caroline Lawton

The perfect book for all kids who are fascinated with bugs. Simple text from A to Z provides buggy facts and figures. Larger than life full-color photographs of creepy crawlies include locusts, caterpillars, beetles, flies, grasshoppers, ants, praying mantis, and more!

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

A charming introduction to ten beautiful little bugs, featuring high contrast black-and-white illustrations. A glittering burst of colored foil brings a vivid splash of color to every page. With first words to join in with, this stunning book will captivate sparkly little babies everywhere!

Yoga Bunny, by Brian Russo

Young readers can follow the story as the wind-up ladybug makes her way through the garden. On board pages.

How Many Bugs in a Box? by David A. Carter

Inside each bright box are bugs to count from one to ten. Bug 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.

On My Leaf, by Sara Gillingham

Young children will discover just what makes little horse’s barn and little ladybug’s leaf so cozy. Is it the soft hay? Is it the colorful flowers? No, it’s their loving families!

Cricket in the Thicket, by Carol Murray

In addition to the playful rhyming poems, the supplementary text highlights surprising facts about bugs of all kinds–from familiar ants to exotic dragonflies, cringe-worthy ticks and magnificent fireflies. 

Some Bugs, by Angela DiTerlizzi

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!

Bob & Otto, by Robert O. Bruel

Bob and Otto do best-friend kinds of things together–eating leaves, digging, playing–until the day Bob decides to climb a tree, simply because . . . he has to. When the two meet again, Otto is still the same dirt-loving earthworm, but Bob has done the unthinkable: grown wings.

If you are looking for a week filled with fun activities all about Insects, click on the images below to download all of the printables needed.

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