Kids seem to go through a bug phase. I guess some of them never leave that phase, and they become bug enthusiasts for life. I am not one of those people. But I’m growing to like bugs more and be interested in the fascinating things they do. Mostly, I don’t want to project the creepy crawlies onto my kiddo. So here are some bug books for preschoolers, toddlers, and young kids that embrace bugs, are fun, and teach us all something new! Ants, bees, butterflies, beetles, spiders… “How fascinating!” It’s a great phrase to use for bugs. Or for life in general, when you don’t know what to say. :P
Best Bug Books for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Kids
The Bug Girl – by Sophia Spencer, Illustrated by Kerascoët. I love that this book is a story and not just factual information and pictures of bugs. And I also love that it’s about a girl (and a true story). A book about being yourself even when it’s different than some others.
Some Bugs – by Angela DiTerlizzi, Bugs by Brendan Wenzel. This book is great for developing language around bugs and learning that bugs are alright — not associating bugs with “bad”. I especially like that it’s about bugs being outside. As I mentioned in my summer books post, while the illustrations aren’t all exactly true to real life, they’re fun and close enough to use your imagination. What a great way to teach kids a more open-minded view of bugs! There’s also a board book version.
The Big Book of Bugs – by Yuvall Zommer. If Some Bugs is for toddlers, this one is like the next step up for preschoolers. I love how each two page spread is dedicated to a different type of bug with real and useful information about what they do, where they live, why they do certain things. What a great book for the “why?” years! Part of the Big Book of… series and there is also a sticker book option.
Bugs A to Z – by Caroline Lawton. This is the perfect Scholastic book type! Helpful real illustrations of bugs. Just what we were looking for when we had a toddler who was curious about the insects and bugs around us.
The Book of Brilliant Bugs – by Jess French, Illustrated by Claire McElfatrick. This newer bug book (released in 2020) is so beautifully illustrated and written. I like how much there is to look at in this book and that it is a book that will last more than just the toddler years, but into grade school when they can read it on their own. And it has an index!
My Giant Fold-Out Bright Bugs Book – by Amy Junor. This one is great for younger kids, babies and toddlers who are just realizing that bugs exist. We found this book at Powell’s when our little one was around 18 months. He was calling any moving insect a bee. Lady bug? Bee! Fly? Bee! Butterfly? Bee! So it was fun to have these bright big pictures of bugs.
1001 Bugs to Spot Sticker book – by Usborne. We love Usborne sticker books, so this one is on our list. Great for travel busy activities as well.
Exploring Nature Activity Book – by Kim Andrews. While this book seems geared for a little older kids in the early grades, it could also be really fun for preschoolers to do with a grownup. Lots of projects, experiments, and play ideas involving nature. And what a fun spring time book! Chapter 4 is dedicated to bugs.
Bugs: A Stunning Pop-up Look at Insects, Spiders, and Other Creepy Crawlies – by George McGavin, Illustrated by Jim Kay. Pop-up books are definitely not for tiny ones and grabby hands. But they make great gifts and can be a fun project to do with a grownup. This one is pretty amazing looking.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle. And I think no bug book list would be complete without the classic Hungry Caterpillar! And since most parents have this one memorized, it’s both a great intro bug book for babies, but also an interesting one to revisit when they’re preschoolers and starting to understand the concept of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly. The book clicks in a different way.
What are your favorite books about bugs for preschoolers?