The Best Books for Your Little Bugs

The Best Books for Your Little Bugs

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I cannot claim to be a huge lover of creepy crawlies. In fact, I can trace my particular dislike of arachnids to the Arachnapobia movie trailer (I’ve still never seen that movie) and an incident when I woke up to a large spider on the outside of my mosquito net. 

Wait—let’s back up a second. I had a mosquito net? Ya—you know, the full net that goes over your bed in areas where mosquitoes are the main vector of infectious disease? I had one of those over my bed in Delta, BC. That’s how much I hated mosquitoes. My Mom made me a protective net. She wasn’t protecting me from malaria. She was protecting herself from being awoken on a nightly basis by her daughter, insisting that she kill the mosquito in her bedroom. Yes. I made my mother get out of her bed, turn on my light and hunt down the itsy, bitsy mosquito in my room. And if she didn’t find it? As soon as I heard it buzzing again, I’d be calling her back. 

Then there’s Papa Wolf, who took a bat to the beehives on his dad’s farm and … well you can probably imagine who got the short end of that stick. As a grown man, he was bitten by a venomous snake while hiking alone in Spain. A small-town bartender wound up calling an ambulancia for him, and he was hospitalized. The doctors were intrigued: Did he lie down to nap in the grass and get bitten in his sleep? No, señor, he picked it up!

Conclusion? I’d like my children to respect but not fear the creatures around them. I want to develop and foster Cub’s current curiosity about animals, and bugs in particular, and the best way to do that is with books!

We got Cub a magnifying glass, and he’s searching for things to “spy” with it on the daily. (His father also taught him how to make fire with it … much to my chagrin.) I would prefer that he doesn’t find critters to magnify inside the house, but there was something flitting about in the soil when we started our seeds indoors a couple of weekends ago.

Cub and his magnifying glass

Thanks to our new book collection, we know all about the characteristics of insects versus arachnids and were able to identify the tiny egg clusters on the bush outside our townhouse as ladybug eggs. Ants are a big deal right now, and Cub frequently has to drop whatever he’s doing (or whatever I want him to be doing) to observe them.Cub looks at ants

We have a bug jar, and I am required to catch bugs for him to observe. The day we caught two ladybugs was, conveniently (and purely coincidentally), ladybug-craft day at preschool. He brought the ladybugs in to show his classmates, and I felt like the best accidentally-on-purpose preschool mom ever! The other day, the bug jar even caught something all by itself. Cub ran outside on Saturday morning to see how the bugs in his bug jar were doing. I expected a severe meltdown, since I knew I had released said bugs the day before. Much to my surprise, a crane fly had flown into the jar, and Cub was quite pleased.

Cub and his bug jar

Here are the DK Books titles in our new collection:

DK Pocket Genius: Bugs

This tiny little book is perfect for tucking in the diaper bag as a boredom buster. It was a great distraction while we were waiting at the doctor’s office and a good field-guide while we were out bug hunting!

Bug Pocket Guide

DK Smithsonian: Everything you need to know about BUGS

Turns out I don’t know that much about bugs. There are even more bugs on earth than I ever imagined, as demonstrated by this map:

Everything You Need to Know About Bugs

Now Cub and I can discuss the different branches of the arthropod family, which—fun fact—can be differentiated by the number of legs. You’ve got insects (six legs), arachnids (eight legs), crustaceans (ten legs) and centipedes or millipedes (30+ legs). A “bug” with no legs? Not an arthropod!

DK Smithsonian: Super Nature Encyclopedia

Readers of all ages seem to be fascinated by astonishing animals facts. Every kid can tell you the world’s largest mammal or the world’s fastest. Sure, cheetahs and blue whales are in the Super Nature Encyclopedia, but the most super creatures in this beautifully illustrated tome are the mothers. Hats off to the Naked Mole Rat, who can give birth to up to 33 babies at a time:

Super Nature Encyclopedia

And the Common Octopus, who dies shortly after her baby eggs hatch, since she doesn’t ever leave their side … not even to eat!

Common Octopus

We also learned that male Elephant Seals are five-times the size of females. Ouch.

Did You Know? Animals

Curiosity is perhaps the trait I am most eager to foster in my children. Curiosity feeds imagination and ingenuity, and I hope they continue to love learning new things as much as my husband and I still do. “Did You Know? Animals” is the perfect book for kids to stump the adults around them with 200 questions and answers about creatures great and small. One of my favourite diagrams is this one:

Did You Know Animals

Cub has already started saying he doesn’t like spiders. I am hoping we can avoid a fear of spiders and instead inspire fascination. My husband, if I let him, would own a tarantula. I wouldn’t sleep well with a tarantula in the house, so I’m not opposed to my kids disliking spiders (that way, they can help me veto an 8-legged pet), but I would like to avoid being awoken by a blood-curdling scream due to a tiny spider in the bathroom. 

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56 responses to “The Best Books for Your Little Bugs”

  1. kathy downey

    My child’s favourite bug is an Ant

  2. Vincent

    We love ladybugs.

  3. Amber Ludwig

    He loves worms!!

  4. Child’s favorite creature is probably Don’s dragonfly. As in Don Pteranadon.

  5. My daughter loves roly-polies 🙂

  6. Butter Spice

    The kiddos’ favorites are raptors and owls respectively. Very avian of them.

  7. Israel y

    Loves Caterpillars

  8. Lisa Williams

    My daughter’s favorite animals are elephants,she loves them,she wants everything in her room to be elephants and stuffed animals.

  9. Amanda L

    My son loves cows!

  10. Lauren

    My son likes orcas.

  11. sabina Edwards

    LADY BUGS and dragonflies !!! I also have a question about the contest entry form…is it better to put down my pinterest as just my name or do you want the conplete pinterest url? I’m never certain which is best

  12. stephaniepb

    My 9-year-old step-daughter is bug obsessed. 😉 She loves slugs!

  13. Rebecca Enright

    I was going to comment on this post as a post that I LOVED and especially since it was one outside of some of the others I’ve seen from you and also as a follow up to your blog post this morning about showing mad love to bloggers, but now I see it is a contest and so my response won’t bring quite as big of a smile to your face!

    Raena loves all animals. She has been fascinated by worms recently with the rainy weather bringing them out and about.

  14. NickyJ

    She is just so thrilled whenever she sees any bug or animal that I really don’t think she has a favorite.

  15. polly

    My grandson likes Roly Poly Bugs

  16. Nancy Burgess

    My grandaught er loves butterflies

  17. Rosanne Robinson

    My grandson loves dinosaurs.

  18. Elishia

    She’s only a year old, but dogs, or “woof woofs” seem to be a favourite already,!

  19. Wendi Niccole

    My daughter’s favorite animal is hummingbirds.

  20. Lara

    My girls love horses, deer and unicorns (lol) best. But they love bugs too. I have always made an effort to show them insects, teach them to respect them, and explain what they do. I would love to add this book to our library, thank you for featuring it!!

  21. Laura

    My nieces love dogs! 🙂

  22. Susan Hartman

    Right now my grandson loves worms. Hes only2 and has been helping me dig holes!

  23. Ashley F

    My daughter’s favorite animals are zebras!

  24. Jennifer P.

    My daughter’s favourite animal is a cat.

  25. Kate Hearn

    Lions, dinosaurs, bunnies (due to the baby ones in our yard)

  26. Elaine R

    My grandson loves his pets- 3 dogs!

  27. Debbie Bray

    Mine is a cat.

  28. My two 6-year-olds love bees and butterflies but they like them all as evidenced by the menagerie that live freely in my house!?

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  29. Andrea Amy

    My kids love cats

  30. Cathy Jarolin

    My Children’s Favorite Animal Is Dogs..

  31. Robyn Bellefleur

    My daughter loves horses.

  32. Darlene Owen

    My grandson loves aunts.

    1. Darlene Owen

      whoops – ants

  33. Karen Propes

    Zebras and butterflies.

  34. LeAnn Harbert

    My granddaughter likes frogs.

  35. Holly MacRitchie

    My daughters favourite animal is a dog

  36. Nicole Sender

    My grandson loves spiders!

  37. Sherry Compton

    My grandson likes puffins.

  38. gale mccarron

    My Granddaughter loves snakes. I have no idea where she gets that from. ?

  39. Judy Cox

    My 3 great grandchildren loves to play with any kind of bug and I can’t stand them. They dig for worms and hunt for rolly pollys!!

  40. Laurie P

    Currently, my girl is all about butterflies and ants…..

  41. Victoria Ess

    My niece likes butterflies!

  42. Carrie

    My boys favorite animals are sharks

  43. Robin Abrams

    They love the praying mantis

  44. Linda

    My child’s favourite animal is the turtle and his favourite bug is the ladybug.

  45. Jan Lee

    My great nephew seems to like snakes, ughhh lol 🙂

  46. Janice Cournoyer


  47. nicky

    He loves ladybugs!

  48. Right now, it is tigers.

  49. Terri Irvin

    My eight year old granddaughter loves elephants and my ten year old granddaughter loves sea creatures. My six-year grandson loves anything about primates,

  50. Jennifer Lo

    My kids love horse

  51. Amanda Austin

    My son loves caterpillars and butterflies. Right now they are his favourite.

  52. KD

    She loves tigers!

  53. Anna

    He loves ladybugs most (and requests me to sing the French ladybug song). (He likes other animals too… he calls dogs and cats and birds “bow wow” !)

  54. Stephanie Grant

    My son likes pretty much all bugs..he has a huge collection.

  55. Nicole Lancaster

    My child’s favorite bug is a Praying Mantis.

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