Books about Bugs

Picture Books

Glow little glowworm!
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.

Easy Readers

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
A pet fly searches for his favorite brown, oozy, lumpy, smelly food.

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 increase by multiples of ten as they march toward a tall cake.

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