We Found the Perfect Bug Books for Young Insect Lovers!
Not everyone is a fan of bugs, but there are a couple young entomologists out in the world. And for those of us that are squeamish about bugs, we may need a little help finding good holiday gifts for them.
But don’t worry – we’re here to help! For today’s post, we’re looking at some of the best bug books for kids. We love books about our favorite bugs!
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We couldn’t leave out this classic! After selling over 30 million copies world wide, lots of kids first find themselves interested in bugs when they read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And did you know that this book has been endorsed by the Royal Entomological Society for showing the metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a butterfly?
Eric Carle must really be into bugs too – He’s also written The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Busy Spider, The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, The Very Quiet Cricket, and many others!
- Charlotte’s Web by Garth Williams
Whether you have seen the movies or read the books, Charlotte’s Web is another great staple for bug lovers that may be a little older. Did you know that the spider in the book was inspired by a spider that the author found and named Charlotte Epeira (after Epeira sclopetaira, the Grey Cross spider)? The character Charlotte, though, is revealed to be a barn spider by her full name, “Charlotte A. Cavatica” (short for Araneus cavaticus).
Charlotte’s Web actually contains a lot of interesting facts and descriptions of spiders, so this book is great for anyone interested in our eight-legged friends.
- James and The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl books are some of those childhood classics, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Witches, and Matilda. But James and the Giant Peach is the one that features seven magically-altered garden bugs; a grasshopper, a centipede, an earthworm, a spider, a ladybug, a silkworm, and a glowworm.
It may not be the most scientific bug book, but it is a lot of fun and at the end asks the question, what would bugs do for work in the real world?
- Miss Spider Series by David Kirk
Miss Spider has several books, apps, and a television show for young kids, teaching them and the other bugs in the series life lessons. The Miss Spider books are used for teaching numbers, letters, and talk about how to be kind to each other.
Her books don’t have a lot of bug facts, but it’s a great way to introduce young kids to insects and the basics. But the one that we like the most is Miss Spider’s ABC, which features a new bug with every letter!
Are there any bug books that we’re forgetting? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments!
As always, if you’re seeing any real bugs crawling around your home, you can give us a call at (317) 288-3315</a) today to get on our schedule!