Insect Reads

Fiction

Diary of a Fly
Words by by Doreen Cronin
Pictures by Harry Bliss
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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Cricket in Time Square
George Selden
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
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Horse and Buggy Plant a Seed!
Ethan Long
After Horse and his friend Buggy plant a seed, Horse must exercise patience while waiting for it to grow.
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Boy Bites Bug
Rebecca Petruck
To defuse a situation between his best friend and a new student, Nolan eats a live stink bug, gaining popularity and a class project idea but, perhaps, losing a friend.
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Beetle Boy
M. G. Leonard
Darkus Cuttle lives with his eccentric Uncle. One day he comes across a self-aware and intelligent beetle.
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Super Bugs
Michelle Meadows
In rhyming text, the Super Bugs buzz all over town, rescuing other insects in danger.
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Sticky Burr
John Lechner
Sticky Burr is on the verge of being kicked out of his village because he is not prickly enough to suit some of the other burrs, but when the village is attacked by wild dogs, Sticky Burr and his friends come to the rescue.
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Inch and Roly and the Very Small Hiding Place
Words by Melissa Wiley
Pictures by Ag
Roly finds Inch hiding in a hole to avoid a bird, but as she and other creatures dive into the same hole to be safe, the hiding place becomes more and more dangerous.
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King and the Fireflies
Kacen Callender
After the loss of his beloved older brother, King works through his grief and claims his identity.
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Full Moon Cicada
Marilyn Hilton
n 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi's mixed-race background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.
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Non-Fiction

The Bug Girl
Words by Sophia Spencer with Margaret McNamara
Pictures by Kerascoët
Sophia Spencer has loved bugs ever since a butterfly landed on her shoulder--and wouldn't leave!
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Tiny Monsters: The Strange Creatures that Live on us, in us, and Around us
Steven Jenkins and Robin Page
Did you know you share your home with monsters?! In this book explore the menagerie of tiny and unusual creatures found in our lawns and gardens, our food, our beds, our clothes, and even our eyelashes.
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Insect Superpowers
Words by Kate Messner
Pictures by Jillian Nickell
Explore the amazing abilities through comic-book style sequences.
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Name that Bug!
Demi Jackson
Try to guess the bug from the close up photographs.
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My Encyclopedia of Insect and Bugs
Antoine Brin
All you want to know about the world of insects.
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The Spider Weaver: a Legend of Kente
Margaret Musgrove
In this retelling of a tale from Ghana, a wondrous spider shows two Ashanti weavers how to make intricate, colorful patterns in the cloth that they weave.
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