Calling all Bookworms!

At last, it’s time for summer reading. We’re, of course, partial to books about creepy-crawlies. What could be more fun than our favorite “Bug Books”?

Eric Carle’s insect books are the easy choice for our littlest preschool friends. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is an iconic must-read, but you may also want to take a peek at The Very Busy Spider, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Quiet Cricket. Eric Carle’s books are always about more than just bugs, providing a rich learning experience for his readers. As an extra-special experience, plan to read The Very Lonely Firefly at dusk and then head outdoors to catch a few lightning bugs! Summer is so magical.

Bob Barner’s marvelous book, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! is full of amazing illustrations of ladybugs, butterflies, and spiders. Our favorite is the fun Bug-O-Meter which will appeal to the young scientist. This is a Parent’s Choice Recommended Winner and School Library Journal charmingly remarks, “Budding entomologists will fly to this book like bees to honey”.    

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi is a modest title for a book full of an amazing array of insects. Over 45 illustrated insects grace the pages of this critics’ favorite.  School Library Journal describes it approvingly, "Visually detailed, this solid offering offers brief descriptions of a variety of bugs. Mixed-media illustrations emphasize textures and patterns as the insects creep, inch, and flutter along each page. . . . The crisp, rhyming text perfectly suits this fast-paced read-aloud. . . . DiTerlizzi demonstrates that it is a bug's world after all, and what a beautiful world indeed."

School-age kiddos may get a kick out of Jack Patton’s Battle Bugs Series. Take a trip to Bug Island with Max Darwin in the first installment of the series, The Lizard War. Other titles in this cool series include The Spider Siege, The Poison Frog Assault, The Chameleon Attack and The Cobra Clash.  Five stars suggest that this is universally popular. We can’t wait to get back to Bug Island!

While we’re embarking on series reading, you may also want to check out Troy Cummings’ Charge of the Lightning Bugs is the 8th his popular series, the Notebook of Doom.

Share your suggestions for great books for future entomologists!