National Insect Week: Picture Books about Insects

June 21st to 27th is National Insect Week which encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. We’ve learnt lots of fascinating facts about different kinds of insects through reading non fiction picture books but also by doing our own research after reading stories with insect main characters.

These are just a few of the fabulous insect books that we we have on our bookshelves…

A Collection Of Bugs and Minibeasts

Bugs and Minibeasts by Christiane Engel: Bugs and Minibeasts is a fabulous, sturdy, pop up board book which introduces young children to a variety of insects and other creatures. It introduces caterpillars, spiders, bees, ants and other creepy crawlies. Small blocks of text are interspersed between bold colourful images and a wonderful moving pop up in the middle of each page.

Bug Hotel by Libby Walden & Clover Robin: This sturdy lift the flap board book, introduces six different kinds of creepy-crawlies including beetles, spiders, bees and butterflies. We are introduced to where they live, how they catch their prey and features that are particular to each one. It was interesting to learn where stag beetles get their name from, why a ladybird looks like it does and how fast a snail travels.

Follow the Trail: Minibeasts by Dawn Siritt & Charlotte Milner: Four different insects are introduced in this book (Butterfly, Honeybee, Ladybird and Dragonfly). There are wonderful, colourful, close up photographs of each creature and we learn about what they eat, physical characteristics and specific such as how bees make honey and the fact that dragonflies lay eggs. The final puzzle page focuses on habitats and where each insect likes to spend time, the reader can follow the trail to find the right answer.

Butterflies

The Butterfly Dance by Suzanne Barton: The Butterfly Dance is a story about the power of friendship which introduces children to the concept of caterpillars changing into butterflies. Can the friends still have fun together once they have turned into different coloured butterflies? This is a wonderful story to introduce the concept of symmetry.

The Butterfly Dance

We also love the way that The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle shows the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and the butterfly twist in Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler made us laugh when we first read the story.

Ladybirds

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks: The ladybird comes up with a cunning plan to confuse thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len who are putting to steal the farmer’s prize cow. Lydia Monk’s bold, colourful illustrations include a glittery ladybird to find on every page and we love the way that she tricks the two thieves 🙂

What the Ladybird Heard - Story Snug

We also love Ella by Alex T. Smith, a retelling of Cinderella with a cast of insects and Lucy Lady Bird by Sharon King-Chai which is great for introducing children to colours, seasons, counting and the concept that it’s good to be different.

Bees

When the Bees Buzzed Off! by Lula Bell & Stephen Bennett: At a time when the bee population is declining we’re very conscious about planting more bee friendly flowers in our garden. This is a fabulous story which explains to children, in a very simple way, the role of bees and how we can attract them back to our gardens.

When the Bees Buzzed Off! - Story Snug

Wasps

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord & Janet Burroway: Four million wasps fly into Itching Down and terrorise the villagers. Bap the Baker comes up with an idea to trap the wasps in a giant jam sandwich. It’s a team effort with farmers, factory workers and villagers making and transporting the sandwich. And then they wait for the wasps to come. This was one of my favourite childhood stories and times have definitely changed since it was written!

The Giant Jam Sandwich - Story Snug

Do you have a favourite picture book about insects?

Picture Books About Insects - Story Snug

10 thoughts on “National Insect Week: Picture Books about Insects

  1. I didn’t know that this week was national insect week – will have to do something insect-themed for our last couple of days of #30DaysWild. These books all sound great – What the Ladybird Heard is a firm favourite here. The Dragonfly Story is also a lovely book and particularly good for helping children with grief as well as teaching them about the life cycle of a dragonfly. #MMBC

    • I’ve not heard of The Dragonfly Story, I’ll check it out. What The Ladybird Heard is on elf my favourite all time picture books, I love the way that the animals trick the two thieves 🙂

  2. I’m a fan of insects so long as they are not spiders. I really love butterflies best. We took our children to see the play of What the Ladybird Heard when they were little, it was quite surreal.

    • I would love to see What The Ladybird Heard on stage 🙂

      Interestingly when I write this post I discovered that spiders aren’t part of the insect family, they’re arachnids.

    • I think books like these are fascinating and really help children understand and ask questions about the wildlife around them, rather than be fearful!

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