July has it all – sunshine, warm weather, and, naturally, a whole lot of insects. Embrace the buggy outdoors with these books exploring all kinds of creepy, crawlies found in our own backyards!
Ugh! A Bug by Mary Bono
What would you do if you saw a fly? A spider? A flea? Mary Bono’s rhyming book explores your options when confronted by all kinds of insects in funny, rhyming text. Read along as wide-eyed children consider what they would do if there was a beetle in their way or a centipede slithering by them. In the end, this buggy book is all about sharing space and remembering that, even if they bother us, bugs are here for a reason and, mostly, just want to be left alone.
Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi
Bright, colorful illustrations take center stage in this book on all the different things that bugs like to do. Watch at ground level as bugs sing, glide, and even fight their way through this book. In the end the reader is reminded that even as all types of insects do these amazing things – most can be found in our own backyards! With inviting text and all of the insect illustrations labelled in a two-page spread at the back of the book, Some Bugs begs for readers to explore the world around them in a whole new way.
Bug Faces by Darlyne A. Murawski
While some children will prefer the friendly faces of cartoon insects, this book is for the kids who want the real deal! Go eye to eye with the big-eyed bloodsucker known as the deer fly. Get up close and personal with a daddy-longlegs. See every detail of a cockroach’s face. Each magnified image of a familiar (or frightening) insect is accompanied by a brief summary of the bug and its unique features.
The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta
This book lets you start with zero – zero bugs on the first page! From there, read and count along all the way up to 26. Each number is accompanied by illustrations and facts regarding a specific insect. An excellent read-along for children of varying ages as younger readers can brush up on their counting skills as more advanced readers explore trap-jaw ants and question-mark caterpillars alongside one another, this book has something to offer everyone.
Bug Safari by Bob Barner
“The events described here actually happened to me,” the narrator tells us, “…so very long ago – well, last summer.” And just like that, the reader is off on a great, safari-style adventure alongside a young narrator who finds himself following a long line of black ants through his own backyard. The ants guide the boy, and the reader as well, along a path, passing by other backyard bugs on their way to an unknown destination. Watch as they battle red ants, narrowly escape the dangerous tongue of a frog, and find themselves in the clutches of a giant green mantis, all before reaching the end of their journey. Will they make it? Read to the end to find out!
Hey There, Stink Bug! by Leslie Bulion
Take a closer look at all kinds of creepy crawlies with this book of bug poetry. Learn about spider silk, the flash of fireflies, and even why stink bugs stink, with quick, rhyming text. Each poem is accompanied with a brief explanation of the science it explores. Bright bug illustrations and a glossary of terms add to the reader’s experience.
Done reading? Keep things buzzing with this yarn-wrapped bee craft; instructions courtesy of Housing a Forest.