I am so excited about this blog post! Not only because the books I am about to share it with you are fab but also the topic of bugs is such a great one.
As the season changes it is a great opportunity to get outside more with your little ones. I’m sure the books in this post will inspire.
Lets begin with getting to know our bugs.
Mrs Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet by Mrs Peanuckle and illustrated by Jessie Ford.
This super board book should be home to many a library. The book looks at all sorts of bugs, popular and more obscure, in the order of the alphabet. Unlike some alphabet books it is far more meaty giving information about the bug as well as a fab illustration of it. This makes it a super board book for both my 1 and 3 year old.
This book is such a fun way of exploring the alphabet. It’s also impressive to see that the more trickier letters, X and Z have interesting bugs to look at also. A great bug book that will appeal to many children of different ages and I’m sure will bring out the bug detective in them.
Lift and Look Bugs by Tracy Cottingham * Lift and Look Bugs is a fun introduction to bugs for little learners with fold out flaps and lots of super illustrations to observe. The questions on many of the double pages encourages discussion and observational skills and the large page sized flaps certainly add an element of discovery.
My 1 year old thinks this book is brilliant and along the way she is being introduced to new vocabulary. Tracy Cottingham has done a brilliant job at creating such appealing illustrations. Sales of this book will also support work at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Tracy Cottingham also illustrated the book Lift and Look Flowers and Plants which we love too and is a book I reviewed a few posts back.
Bug Hotel (A Clover Robin Book of Nature) by Libby Walden and Clover Robin.
How inviting is this book! I first spotted this book in January when I was on the look out for great books of 2018 and after my eldest daughter and I discovered her Nursery’s own bug hotel, I preordered it and so glad I did.
Little One is a few months away from turning 4 now and so her questions and need for more complex explanations are coming into fruition. I feel like this is a brilliant book to satisfy her craving of discovery but the book still has that big element of fun.
Each double page is as if you are stepping in to the bug hotel itself with great explanations of various bugs including a butterfly and spider. More complex vocabulary is introduced and the lift the flaps make the read a super enjoyable one.
The illustrations are stunning and I’m sure it is a book that will appeal to older folk too. I’m certainly pleased that it’s in our home. The book also has a great section at the back explaining how a bug hotel could be made at home. This has proved so popular in our home and would make a fantastic book in a learning setting also. As well as informing and being an absolute delight to share, the book echoes how creating a lovely place for bugs creates a safe environment for them and we can all do something to help.
Also available in this series is Bird House which I have my eye on for my 1 year old. She finds birds fascinating and loves to bird watch, in fact one of her first words was bird!
Project Bugs by Camilla de la Bedoyere *
This super fact filled book is an ideal read for children 7 and up. It is packed with brilliant illustrations, real life bug photos and lots of activity ideas for going beyond what has been read.
Although the book is aimed at older school aged children, Little One (my 3 year old) loves to explore the different pages and it is great to see that many lift the flaps have been included too. There is also an amazing fold out page in the centre of the book with more bugs and information to learn from.
Four super non-fiction books all about bugs!
Has a book or two caught your eye? All of these books have recently published and are available to buy now. If you aren’t able to find them in your local library perhaps make a request. I’m sure they well be well loved.
Dislaimer: Books titled with a * were kindly received from publishers but all opinions and words are my own.