Army Ant Parade by April Pulley Sayre.
How about camping in the rain forest with a swarm of army ants?!? (j595.796 Sayre)
Bright Beetle by Rick Chrustowski.
What's it like to be a ladybug? Danger, drama, and intrigue follow our beloved beetle through the days of her life. (j595.769 Chrustowski)
by Bob Barner.
Tells how the author, as a young boy, followed a trail of ants and came across various other insects and small creatures, then briefly provides facts about each creature encountered. (j Barner)
Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner.
This winning combination of exquisite illustrations and simple science features flowers and plants that attract butterflies. (j595.789 Lerner)
Centipede's 100 Shoes by Tony Ross.
A centipede buys shoes to protect his feet but finds that they are a lot of trouble to put on and take off. (j Ross)
by Janell Cannon.
A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their fierce forest enemies attack them.(j Cannon)
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin.
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world. (j Reading Rainbow Cronin)
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Twenty-six bugs in one book! Colorful, fun, and loaded with information. (j595.7 Pallotta)
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming.
A toddler's-eye view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles. (j Fleming)
The Lady and the Spider by Faith McNulty.
A spider makes its home in a head of lettuce. What will happen to it when the lady gardener discovers it? (j Reading Rainbow McNulty)
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci.
A treasure-trove of honeybee facts. (j595.799 Micucci) If you like this one, be sure to check out The Life and Times of the Ant (j595.796 Micucci).
Look Closer: An Introduction to Bug-Watching by Gay W. Holland.
Grab a magnifying glass and start to appreciate the diversity of bugs all around you. (j595.7 Holland)
Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards.
A smug slug that will not listen to the animals around it comes to an unexpected end. (j Edwards)
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg.
When two bad ants run away from their colony, they get in a little trouble. (j Van Allsburg)
See also: Your Big Backyard magazine, located near the picture book bins at the Main Library.
Breakout at the Bug Lab by Ruth Horowitz.
When a giant cockroach named Max escapes from their mother's bug laboratory, Leo and his brother receive help from a mysterious stranger who advises them to think like a bug in order to recapture the runaway roach. (E Horowitz)
Brilliant Bees by Linda Glaser.
A little girl observes honeybees from a safe distance and sees how the bees collect nectar, communicate, pollinate flowers, build and protect their hive, make honey, feed the queen bee, and raise their young.(j595.799 Glaser)
by Pat McKissack.
Simple text and illustrations of a variety of insects introduce the numbers one through five. (E McKissack)
Bugs Are Insects by Anne F. Rockwell.
Is a ladybug really a bug? Is a honeybee an insect? How about a spider? How do you know? Discover a hidden world of tiny creatures building their homes, stalking their prey, and hiding from their enemies right in your own backyard. (j595.7 Rockwell)
Buzz!: A Book about Insects by Melvin Berger.
Packed with facts, details, and excellent photographs covering a wide variety of insects. (j595.7 Berger)
Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel.
As Grasshopper sets out to follow a road, he meets some unusual characters. (E Lobel)
Inside an Ant Colony by
Bustling and well-organized hmmm, does that describe this book or an ant colony? Read it and find out. (j595.796 Fowler)
Inspector Hopper by Doug Cushman.
Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends. (E Cushman)
The Magic School Bus Explores the World
of Bugs by Nancy White.
Ms. Frizzle's class can't find any insects for a science fair project, but she has the perfect solution! All aboard the Magic School Bug! (j595.7 White) (at Main Library, ask at the Youth Services Desk)
Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses by Kurt Cyrus.
A down-and-dirty bugs'-eye view of a garden that's crawling with critters. (j811.54 Cyrus)
Ralph Masiello's Bug Drawing Book by
Using carefully sequenced steps and simple shapes, Masiello shows readers how to draw all kinds of creepy creatures, from a beetle to a stink bug. (j743.6 Masiello)
Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Mutant
Mosquitoes from Mercury
by Dav Pilkey.
A mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his giant flying robot attempt to save the world from an invasion of massive mutant mosquitoes from Mercury. (Juv Fic Pilkey)
A Tale for Saint Urho's Tay by Aini Rajanen.
Did you know there are no grasshoppers in Finland? This legend suggests why. (j394.26 Rajanen)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears:
A West African Tale by
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit. (j Reading Rainbow Aardema)
by Janet Chenery.
Two boys find a wolf spider and through observing it and consulting a woman at the nature center they learn its habits. (j595.4 Chenery)
3 and up)
Beetles, Lightly Toasted by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
For a school project, Andy makes recipes with some unusual food sources and tests them on unaware friends and family. (Juv Fic Naylor)
by Carol Sonenklar.
When someone anonymously gives bug lover Charlie a device called the Amazing Bug-A-View, he uses it to transform himself into a spider, a grasshopper, and a fly. Sequel: Bug Girl. (Juv Fic Sonenklar)
Bug Muldoon: The Garden of Fear by Paul Shipton.
Something strange is going on in the garden and Bug Muldoon, beetle private investigator, tries to figure out how the ants and the wasps are involved. (Juv Fic M Shipton)
Bug off! A Swarm of Insect Words by Catherine Hepworth.
Bugs-they're EVERYWHERE you look! In frANTic, BEEthoven, TICK-tac-toe, stalagMITES-you can't get away from them! (j Hepworth)
Bugs Before Time: Prehistoric Insects
and Their Relatives by
Before dinosaurs ruled the earth, bugs did. Some learned to adapt and survive to become the insects and sea beasts of today. (j565.7 Camper)
Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects by Margaret J. Anderson.
Ten-year-old Paul describes how he and his sisters learned about insects from the observations and writings of their father, the nineteenth-century French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre. (Juv Fic Anderson)
Cockroaches up Close by Robin Birch.
La cuaracha, la cucaracha - You can't know too much about cockroaches. (j595.722 Birch)
The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures
of a Small Snail (And an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi.
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures. (Juv Fic Avi)
An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a
Monarch Butterfly by Laurence
This exceptional book follows a monarch butterfly's amazing migration from Massachusetts to Mexico. (j595.789 Pringle)
The Fire Bug Connection: An Ecological
Mystery by Jean Craighead
Twelve-year-old Maggie receives European fire bugs for her birthday, but when they fail to metamorphose and grow grossly large and explode instead, she uses scientific reasoning to determine the cause of their strange death. (Juv Fic M George)
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
Eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, where they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders. First in a series. (Juv Fic SF Collins)
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell.
Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal. (Juv Fic Rockwell)
Insect Invaders (Magic School Bus Science Chapter Book) by Joanna
Ms. Frizzle's class finds out on a field trip that lots of insects eat other insects for lunch. It's disgusting, but they have to admit it's also fascinating! (Juv Fic Cole)
Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian.
Insects are amazing creatures, and they can inspire amazing poetry and art, as this collection shows! (j811.54 Florian)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
James Henry Trotter escapes his wicked aunts in a giant enchanted peach, where he befriends an assortment of hilarious characters, including Grasshopper, Earthworm, Miss Spider, and Centipede. (Juv Fic Dahl)
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman.
A splendid collection of poems about the lives and dreams of insects. These unforgettable insects include a lovelorn moth and a charming pair of head lice. Meant to be read aloud in two voices. (j811.54 Fleischman)
Outside and Inside Killer Bees by Sandra Markle.
Maybe more than you'd ever want to know about these scary insects Great photos show their anatomy, including a microscopic view of their antennae, stinger, eye, and digestive system.( j595.799 Markle)
Spiders and Their Web Sites by Margery Facklam.
Striking, life-like artwork shows the living places and behaviors of twelve different spiders, plus one creature that looks like a spider but isn't. (j595.44 Facklam)
The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery.
Describes the research that the scientist Samuel Marshall and his students are doing on tarantulas, including the largest spider on earth, the Goliath birdeating tarantula. (j595.44 Montgomery)
The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle by David Elliott.
After eating constantly at the fast food restaurant known as Gussy's, ten-year-old Roscoe finds himself turning into a giant bug. (Juv Fic SF Elliott)