The Beetle Book Steve Jenkins.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
He’s done it again!  An outstanding book loaded with fascinating information:  “Line up every kind of plant and animal on Earth….and one of every four will be a beetle.”  So far, we have documented 350,000 species of beetle and we are still counting.  Jenkins has illustrated the book with his signature and spectacular cut paper collage on white background.  Informative and stunning.  I do wish the text were in a larger font.
Picture Book.
Grade 3 – 6


Brilliant Bees.  Linda Glaser.  Millbrook Press, 2003.
A little girl observes honeybees and explains their life cycle.  The text is simple, clear, informative.  The color penciled drawings are very good.  Four pages of questions and detailed answers are at the end.  A good introduction.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Bugs Galore.  Peter Stein.  Candlewick, 2012.
Bouncing rhymes and illustrations celebrate many types of bugs.  Great verbs and adjectives.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade



Bustle in the Bushes.  Giles Andreae.  Tiger Tales, 2012.
A collection of 15 poems about common insects and other creatures typically found in gardens.  Each poem includes a couple of facts which can spark interest to seek further information.  Bright and cheerful.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade


Insect Detective.  Steve Voake.  Candlewick Press, 2009.
A great introduction to spark interest in insect study, this book encourages kids to explore the outdoors near their homes.  A few interesting facts are given about a variety of insects including dragonflies, bees, earwigs, ground beetles as well as hints about where to find them.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade



Ladybugs.  Gail Gibbons.  Holiday House, 2012.
Describes the characteristics and stages of development of this member of the beetle family, as well as their importance tot he environment.  Brightly illustrated and very informative.  Did you know that there are 5,000 types of ladybugs living on six continents?  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade



Not a Buzz to Be Found : Insects in Winter.  Linda Glaser.  Millbrook Press, 2012.
Beautiful full-page paintings and simple text describe how 12 insects survive the winter.
Ants, crickets, butterflies, dragonflies, crickets and more.  Back matter contains more information about each insect.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade
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