Monday, November 16, 2009


Insects - for some - are fascinating creatures that can be both beautiful and intriguing. For others, insects are at the least - slightly annoying - and at the worst - frightening pests. After living in the Midwest for a few years and sharing both the outdoors and indoors with numerous strange (to me!) insects, I'm not too sure how I feel about these creatures. But they can definitely make great characters in children's books! If you are a fan (or have a young insect fan) at home, you might be interested in these following books:

Mr. Mosquito Put On His Tuxedo by Barbara Olenyik Morrow

Mr. Mosquito saves the insect ball from an intruding bear.

Presents twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs. Includes a fun facts sections.

Roberto the Insect Architect by Nina Laden

No one will hire Roberto the architect because he also happens to be a termite, so he sets off to the city to find success on his own.

A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the dangers of flypaper and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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