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Insects and Bugs


Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Insects and Bugs? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for teaching about Insects and Bugs.



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by Doreen Cronin
This is the diary...of a fly. A fly who, when she's not landing on your head or swimming in your soup, is trying to escape her 327 brothers and sisters who are driving her crazy! Even though she's little -- just like her best friends Worm and Spider -- Fly wants to be a superhero. And why not? She walks on walls, sees in all directions at once, and can already fly! Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss (Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider), reach hilarious heights with their story of a little fly who's not afraid to dream big. Really big. Part of the Diary of. series.

by Deborah Heiligman
A caterpillar comes to school in a jar. The class watches the caterpillar each day as it grows and changes. Soon, it disappears into a hard shell called a chrysalis. Then the chrysalis breaks, and a beautiful butterfly flies out of the jar. This is a perfect beginner's guide to the mystery of metamorphosis. Selected an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children (1997). Part of the Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science series.

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by Margaret Wise Brown
Black Bugs. Green Bugs. Fat Bugs. Buggy Bugs. I like Bugs!... A rhyming ode to insects, penned by none other then Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon). This poem will entice brand-new readers with rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. The type is big, the words are easy, and the art is bright and bold. Part of the Step Into Reading series.

by Phillip M. Hoose, Hannah Hoose
Hey, little ant down in the crack
Can you hear me? Can you talk back?
See my shoe, can you see that?
Well now it's gonna squish you flat!

So begins a conversation between a young boy and the ant trembling in the shadow of his sneaker. This playful story brings up questions about the ethics and peer pressure, encouraging the very youngest citizens to decide for themselves: to squish...or not to squish?

by Paul Fleischman
Written to be read aloud by two voices -- sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous -- here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. From the pulse of the cicada to the drone of the honeybee, the poems are a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world and an exultant celebration of life. Eric Beddows's vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way. Ages 6+. (Newbery Award winner, 1989)

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