10 Books About Bugs (a Gift Guide)

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I’m so honored to be writing this Gift Guide all about Books about Bugs! I have a 6 year old little boy who’s very into reading and creepy, crawly things, so this gift guide was perfect for me to write! This collection contains a variety of books in a variety of genres. I hope you enjoy!


The Best Book of Bugs

1. The Best Book of Bugs by Claire Llewellyn. This book looks at the life cycles, habitats, and variety of insects in close-up details and illustrations.


2. Eyelike Stickers: Bugs. A bug sticker book with over 400 stickers! They are extremely detailed to look realistic, and are easy for little fingers to peel off without tearing them.

On Beyond Bugs

3. On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects by Dr. Seuss. Go on a bug adventure as the Cat in the Hat teaches your kids all about bugs. They will learn how bugs see, smell, communicate and more! Contains the ever-popular Dr. Seuss rhymes!

The Very Quiet Cricket on Amazon (affiliate link)

4. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. This story is about a cricket who can’t make any sound, no matter how hard he rubs his wings together. All kinds of other insects want to communicate with the cricket, but he just can’t. In the end, he meets another cricket and…Read to find out what happens!

I Like Bugs

5. I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown. This is a Step 1 book for Step into Reading, making it easy for your young reader to read independently. The story contains rhymes, rhythms, and repetition in big, bold type. What I like most about this book is that the sentences are short and the words match the picture, giving the child a reading strategy to decode unfamiliar words.

Ten Little Ladybugs

6. Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth. This book provides young readers with a hands-on, tactical experience as they watch the little ladybugs disappear one by one. The rhyming text teaches and reinforces the counting concept. The book is sturdy and colorful and provides a sensory experience as children can touch the 3-D ladybugs.

Ultimate Bugopedia

7. Ultimate Bug-Opedia by Darlyne Murawski. This book is perfect for any bug lover! Contains pages upon pages of the most creepiest, crawliest bugs! Each bug has a profile that contains a full-photo, info, and a “Did you Know?” section. This book is packed full of bug facts, and is perfect for any-buggy!

How to Draw Insects

8. How to Draw Insects by Barbara Soloff Levy. This book contains simple drawing guides for kids who want to learn how to draw their favorite insects. Shows kids how to draw 30 different bugs, including a grasshopper, centipede, termite, scorpion, and more!

Creepy Critters

9. Creepy Critters by Robin Bouttell. This pop-up books brings 6 different bugs to life with 3-D pop-up illustrations. Readers can discover interesting facts along the way. This book is colorful, fun, and educational.

Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders

10. Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders by Jinny Johnson. This book is a detailed guide that contains information about groups of arachnids and insects. The illustrations are big and detailed, and the book contains lots of interesting facts. Great for readers 4-6 grade as it contains a lot of information. This book would be great for researching different bugs and the groups they belong to.

About Erica Leggiero

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  1. Thank you Erica Leggiero for sharing this list. As a learning and development organisation in Bangalore, India, we focus on making learning fun for children using stories and activities based on stories.

    This list of books on bugs will be a great help when we take up the Insects and Bugs topic in our different after school programs.

    Here are three Indian titles on bugs, bees and butterflies:

    Dancing Bees by Ranjit Lal (Published by Tulika Books)
    Brahma’s Butterflies by Meena Raghunathan (Tulika)
    Just Like a Bug by Anushka Ravishankar by Scholastic

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