20 of the Best Bug and Insect Books for Kids


Here are some of the best bug and insect books for your kids. Your kids will love these selections. Use them in your class library, in your science area, or at circle time.

Are you looking for some books for your insects and bugs theme unit or lesson plan?  Here are some insect books for kids that would be great additions to your library.

20 of the best bug and insect books for kids.

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Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs

This book has stunning photographs and facts about a variety of creepy crawlies. It’s a great non-fiction addition to your classroom library.

Little kids first big books of bugs

The Beeman

This is a great book about honey bees and beekeeping that is both informative and fun.

The Beeman

Are You a Ladybug? 

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a ladybug?  This beautiful book will help kids understand the life cycle of one of my favorite little insects.

Are you a ladybug?

Are You a Butterfly?

This is a beautiful, fact-filled book that will teach your kids about the life cycle of butterflies.

Are you a butterfly?

Are You an Ant?

Learn lots of interesting facts about ants with this one.

Are you an ant?

Are You a Bee?

A great book to help kids learn about bees.  It has simple descriptions and great illustrations.

Are you a bee?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a must-read classic.  Note that a butterfly does not spin a cocoon, but instead forms a chrysalis.  I always like to point this fact out as I read.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Grouch Ladybug

The little ladybug in this book learns that being grouchy isn’t always the best option.  This book will help introduce manners and will promote discussion about social behavior.

The Grouch Ladybug

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Denise Fleming provides vibrant illustrations and rhythmic text as she takes your kids on a tour of the backyard.  This book might inspire them to explore their own backyard to find all kinds of creatures.

In the tall, tall grass.

Waiting for Wings

Lois Ehlert’s bright illustrations will captivate your kids.  The simple story tells the story of a butterfly’s life cycle.

Waiting for Wings.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! 

This is an adorable book with brightly colored collage illustrations.  A bug chart at the back provides real-world comparisons so that readers know exactly how big each bug is.  The book also includes a chart with fun facts such as the number of legs, where the bugs live, whether they fly, and if they sting.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

The Bug Book

This is a great bug book with wonderful photographs and fun rhymes……”Fast bugs, slow bugs, off they go bugs.”

The Bug Book.

Bugs A to Z 

This book combines fantastic photographs, interesting bug facts, and ABC’s.

Beetle Bop

The rhythmic text and gorgeous artwork in this book make it a fun way to learn about beetles.  This is a great circle time book….and a favorite of mine.

Beetle Bop

Monarch Butterfly

Follow the life cycle of the monarch butterfly in this beautifully illustrated book.

Monarch Butterfly

A Butterfly is Patient

The lyrical text, phenomenal illustrations, and butterfly facts are combined into a beautiful book about butterflies.  Each page begins with “A butterfly is….” sentence then includes 2-4 fact sentences.  The book can easily be adapted for kids with shorter attention spans by reading fewer facts.

A butterfly is patient.


The Best Bug Parade

This is a great bug-themed book that will also help children learn size relationships.   Although the book is without a plot, it will promote discussions about

  • Big, bigger, biggest
  • Small, smaller, smallest
  • Long, longer, longest.
  • Short, shorter, shortest.
The best bug parade.

I hope that this list of insect books for kids helps you out. Do you have some favorite books that you use during your insects and bugs study? I would love to hear about them.  Check out these additional books for preschoolers.

Additional Insect Theme Activities from the Store

Are you looking for additional insect-themed activities?  Check out the following resources in my store:

science themed dramatic play activity bundle