Guest Author - Taisha Turner
As children grow, they love to explore the world around them. They search the closets and cupboards, every square inch of their living quarters. Soon, their exploration expands into the garden. Plants, grass, trees, flowers and garden animals. Bugs and insects fascinate curious kids. They can sit for hours and watch a colony of ants.
Authors of children books are aware of kids’ love of bugs and insects. Also, authors, parents and teachers know that kids are more likely to read books on their favorite subject. This is the reason for the hundreds of juvenile fiction and nonfiction books on the subject.
Children love bugs and insects. Fireflies light the dark garden; spiders weave the most ornate webs. That is reason insects are the subject of so many board boards, picture books and early reader books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a famous board and picture book. The Very Busy Spider and The Very Quiet Cricket by the same author are favorites, too.
Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise and Buzzy the Bumblebee by Denise Brennan-Nelson are juvenile insect books. Charlie the Caterpillar teaches children about friendship. Buzzy the Bumblebee teaches kids about belief in their self. The Ant that Can’t by Regal Watson does the same.
Diary of Worm, Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Spider series books by Doreen Cronin are bestsellers with early chapter book readers. Margaret Wise Brown’s I Like Bugs’ title says it all. Sam and the Butterfly by P. D. Eastman is a classic. Because a Bug Went Ka-Choo by Rosetta Stone is another classic. Rosetta Stone is the pen name of Theodor Suess Geisel better known by another pen name, Dr. Suess.
Parents, teachers and other caregivers do not forget Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. So many have listened to the tale in the classroom or bedroom or maybe both places. The farm animals and insects’ relationship is beautiful. Masterpiece by Elise Broach tells of the relationship between a beetle and a tween boy. The unlikely pair become detectives and solve the thief of an expensive painting.
Click for a list of bugs and insects books for children. Find books to interest juveniles. Many of us can not afford or do not want to own every book on the subject that is why we pool our resources and create a library system. The library is a great place to explore the various available books, writers and illustraters. Choose the favorites for the home library. Years later, when today’s kids have their own, they will share their favorites and pass the joy of reading to another generation.
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