|The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini|
When her parents object to her choice of pets, Elizabeth finds the perfect solution.
|Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald|
Beetle tries to get up courage to eat an ant during Fun with Food Week.
|Pest Fest by Julia Durango|
While a common housefly cannot compete with more glamorous bugs, as a pest he is a winner.
|Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin|
Young spider records all he learns about being a spider, day by day.
|Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle|
Even though the other farm animals interrupt her, Spider persists in spinning her web.
|The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco|
A father leads a crowd of people in search of the tree where the bees keep their honey.
|Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison|
Velma’s new-found interest in butterflies makes her stand out in class.
|Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert|
Using rhyme and collage, this traces the lifecycle of butterflies.
|Dream Weaver by Jonathan London|
A young boy watches a yellow spider spin her web.
|Sophie’s Masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli|
Sophie is a master spinning spider, but is not appreciated until, old and feeble, she spins her masterpiece.
|Napping House by Audrey Wood|
A little flea causes havoc with just one little bite.
|Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey|
A flea with a cold startles a barn full of animals when it sneezes.
|Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming|
A variety of beetles whirl, dance, crash and hum.
|When the Woods Hum by Joanne Ryder|
Jenny remembers the hum of cicadas in the wood when she was a girl and shares that memory with her son.
|Manuelo the Playing Mantis by Don Freeman|
A praying mantis learns to make music from a spider
|Crickwing by Janell Connon|
A lonely cockroach rescues the leaf-cutter ants from attacking animals.
|Cucumber Soup by Vickie Krudwig|
All the insects in the garden work together to move a cucumber.
|Interview with Harry the Tarantula by Leigh Ann Tyson|
Katy Did interviews Harry about his latest adventure.
|I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges|
A boy extols all the bugs he loves!
|The Lady and the Spider by Faith McNulty|
A spider is saved when the lady returns it to the garden.
|A Mother’s Wish by Kathy-Jo Wargin|
A girl and her mother make wishes on butterflies – and they come true.
|Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni|
An inchworm manages to save his life by measuring.
|Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema|
Done as a play, this relates the West African legend.
|Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Eileen Stoll|
The mouse detectives solve the mystery of the disappearing insects.
|Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg|
Two bad ants desert their colony with almost disastrous results.
|Breakout at the Bug Lab by Ruth Horowitz|
A giant cockroach escapes from a bug lab and must be captured!
|Inspector Hopper by Doug Cushman|
Inspector Hopper and his assistant McBugg solve mysteries for insect friends.
Shoo Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
|Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies by Harriet Ziefert|
Introduces many different insects, including earwigs and the water strider.
|Buggy Riddles by Katy Hall|
Can you answer, “Why the bees hum?” or “What is the best your for a grasshopper?”
|Big Surprise in the Bug Tank by Ruth Horowitz|
When their pet giant hissing cockroaches begin to multiply, two brothers must stop them.
|Wiggle and Waggle by Caroline Arnold|
Two worms enjoy their day doing wormy things.
How Many Ants? by Larry Brimner
|Ants in My Pants by Norma Vantrease|
A girl watches as ants invade her home and pants.
Fiction and Paperbacks
|JF||The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi|
Avon the snail and Edward the ant take off on a journey to seek adventure.
|JFC||Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck|
Maybelle the cockroach refuses to heed the warnings of Henry the flea and ends up in the soup.
|JF||Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White|
How can anyone forget how a heroic spider saves the life of a pig!
|JF||Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes|
Alex and his stepfather Jake are brought together by a fuzzy spider.
|JFC||Horrible Harry and the Dungeon by Suzy Kline|
A frightening new teacher interrupts the class butterfly project.
|JF||Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park|
Julia, a Korean American girl, and her friend Patrick work together on a silkworm project.
|JF||Standing Up to Mr. O by Claudia Mi |
Maggie dreads biology class because she has to dissect a worm.
|JFC||Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury by Dan Pilkey|
Mr. Mosquito invades earth with an army of mosquitoes, but Ricky saves the day.
|JP||Mysteries of Spider Kane by Mary Pope Osborne|
Detective Spider Kane salves mysteries for his insect friends.
|JP||Prilla and the Butterfly Lie by Kitty Richards|
Prilla the fairy takes over as a butterfly herder, but strange things are happening.
Non-fiction and Folklore
|J595.4||Scorpions: the Sneaky Stingers by Allison Lassieur|
Discusses the lives of 14 types of scorpions from around the world.
|J595.76||Beetles by Elaine Pascoe|
Explains the characteristics of this most common of all insects.
|J595.7||Fiddlehoppers: Crickets, Katydids and Locusts by Phyllis Jean Perry|
All creatures small and hopping and chirping.
|J595.7||Insect Facts and Folklore by Patricia Kite|
What’s true and what isn’t about various insects.
|J743||Ralph Masiello’s Bug Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello|
How to draw a variety of insects from bees to a praying mantis.
|J595.713||Maggots, Grubs and More: the Secret Lives of Young Insects by Melissa Stewart|
The life cycles of a wide variety of insects.
|J811||Oddhopper Opera; a Bug’s Garden of Verses by Kurt Cyrus |
A collection of poems about insects that flourish in the garden through the seasons.
|J348.2||LaCucharacha Martina: a Caribbean Folktale by Daniel Moreton|
The ravishing cockroach is wooed by a variety of animals
|J638.2||Silkworm Moths by Dina Drits|
The life cycle of a silkworm and the process of using the cocoon to make silk.
|J348.2||The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb, a Mexican Fable by Shirley Cimo|
A small ant tries to move a crumb but must seek help