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Hi!Summer Reading Club - BUG BOOKS!

Here are some books you might like to read about bugs.


Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth
A mischievous old black fly spends a busy bad day buzzing through the alphabet.

Ugh, a bug by Mary Bono
In a rhyming text, human reactions to insect encounters such as an ant, a beetle and a ladybug are portrayed.

Very busy spider by Eric Carle
The spider persists in spinning a beautiful web although the farm animals
try to divert her.

The Flea's SneezeThe flea's sneeze by Lynn Downey
The flea's unexpected sneeze awakens all the animals in the barn.

Bubba and Trixie by Lisa Ernst
The friendship of a worldly wise lady bug enables a shy, unsure caterpillar to accept his life in all its stages.

Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce
The doodle bugs enlist the aid of the Leaf men when an old woman becomes too ill to tend her garden.

Cucumber Soup by Vickie Krudwig
All the insects in the garden from the ants down to a flea help move a cucumber that had fallen from the vine.

Insects Are My Life by Megan McDonald
Amanda Frankenstein's love of insects is misunderstood at home and at school
until she meets mutual bug-lover, Maggie.

Nicholas Cricket by Joyce Maxner
Nicholas Cricket and his Bug-A-Wug band entertain all the forest creatures as they celebrate the night.

Have You Seen Bugs? by Joanne Oppenheim
A survey in verse of a variety of bugs: how they look, behave, and live their lives.

My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder
A young child's father digs in the garden and displays such wonders as a round gold beetle and a praying mantis.

Gotta Go, Gotta Go by Sam Swope
A caterpillar cannot understand why or how, but she knows she MUST go to Mexico when she emerges as a monarch butterfly.

Step by Step by Diane Wolkstein
A little ant and her grasshopper friend enjoy the day on nectar, sailing on a leaf and dancing in the rain.


James and the Giant PeachJames and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James escapes from two wicked aunts and takes off on an adventure with six giant insects.

Spider Boy by Ralph Fletcher
Bobby's world of pet spiders and books about spiders is his salvation as he deals with a new home and a new school.

Shoebag by Mary James
Shoebag, a happy young cockroach, finds himself changed into a little boy. In turn, he changes the lives of the humans around him.

Butterfly That Stamped by Rudyard Kipling
A butterfly and his wife help a king control his quarreling wives.

Seven Spiders spinning by Gregory Maguire
Seven prehistoric spiders freed from ice after thousands of years enliven a rural Vermont town and school.

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Chester Cricket accidentally arrives in Times Square station where he is befriended by city wise Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Gigantic Ants and Other Cases by Seymour Simon
Science detective Einstein Anderson applies his scientific knowledge to the case of the gigantic ants and other phenomena.

Grasshopper Summer by Ann Turner
A plague of grasshoppers threatens the survival of a family of settlers in Dakota Territory in 1874.

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep
Teddy and his brother Bobby use bugs in very creative ways to ward off the school bully.


J 398.2 Someone Saw a Spider by Shirley Climo
A collection of myths, folklore, superstitions and facts about spiders.

Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng!J 398.2 Zzzng! Zzzng! Zzzng! A Yoruba tale by Phillis Gershator
A lowly mosquito takes revenge on Ear, Leg, and Arm when they refuse to marry her.

J 398.2 Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Taylor
Coyote the trickster is in turn tricked by some butterflies that laugh so hard at a joke they can't fly straight.

Bilingual English / Español
J SP 591 Bugs for lunch = Insectos para el almuerzo by Margery Facklam
Bug-eating animals such as geckos, trout, or even people. Includes additional facts about each creature.

J 595.4 Scorpion Man by Laurence Pringle
A photographic biography of Gary Polis, a wildlife biologist who specializes in scorpions.

J 595.7 An Insect's Body by Joanna Cole
Using the body of the common house cricket, Cole shows why its body and those of all insects are ideal for survival.

J 784.6 Creepy Crawly Song Book by Carl Davis
A collection of seventeen songs about all manner of creepy crawly creatures.

J 811 Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
Twenty-one poems with paintings about insects like the inchworm, termite, cricket and ladybug.

Go Buggy Over Books!