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This booklist was contributed by Appleton Public Library Children's Services Staff, 6/08 

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Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective by David Biedrzycki(2005)Aided by his friends, Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, sets out on the trail of kidnappers who took Queenie Bee.

The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni(2004)After a storm blows some of them away, the letters on the alphabet tree learn from a strange bug to be stronger by forming words, then a caterpillar comes along and tells them that words are not enough; they must say something important. The wordbug teaches the letters on the alphabet tree, torn and tossed by a windstorm, how to become stronger by banding together to form words. Then a clever purple caterpillar teaches the letters to become even stronger by forming sentences with a message of peace. Available in hardcover for the first time in many years, The Alphabet Tree is Leo Lionni's gentle parable about the power of the written word in a democratic society.

Angelina and the Butterfly by Katharine Holabird(1997)When Angelina the mouse finds a pink butterfly with a twisted leg, she's determined to look after it and keep it forever until a surprising turn of events sets the butterfly free.

Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett(2008)A little girl feeds a tiny caterpillar and watches him grow into a butterfly.

Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott(2007)Two bugs, Ralph and Flora, try to divide thirteen beans so that the unlucky thirteenth bean disappears, but they soon discover that the math is not so easy.

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald(2005)During Fun with Food Week in her school science class, second-grader Beetle McGrady tries to work up the courage to eat an ant.

The Big Bug Ball by Dee Lillegard(1999)Enthusiastic insect participants in the Big Bug Ball draw the reluctant sowbug into their celebration.

The Big Bug Surprise by Julia Gran(2007)Prunella knows so much about insects that people get bored listening to her talk, but when her classroom fills up with bees during show-and-tell, Prunella saves the day. Includes facts about insects.

Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug by Mark Newgarden(2007)A wordless picture book about a persistent terrier who spends a day following a bug through his neighborhood.

The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields(2002)All kinds of insects compete to see who is the "bugliest" bug of all, but there is a sinister surprise behind the contest.

Bugs by David Greenberg(1997)Celebrates the disgusting and horrible things you can do with a bunch of bugs.

Butterfly Boy by Virginia L. Kroll(1997)A boy and his grandfather joyfully watch a gathering of butterflies in this story set in Mexico.

Butterfly House by Eve Bunting(1999)With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.

Caterpillar's Wish by Mary Murphy(1999)Caterpillar wants to fly away with her friends Bee and Ladybug, and she can after she becomes a butterfly.

Crickwing by Janell Cannon(2000)A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their fierce forest enemies attack them.

Daddy is a Doodlebug by Bruce Degen(2000)A young doodlebug describes how he and his father are alike and the things they enjoy doing together.

Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin(2005)A young spider discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being a spider, including how to spin webs and avoid vacuum cleaners.

Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley(2008)A caterpillar reassures a worried bear that they will see each other again when the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon.

Doorknob the Rabbit and the Carnival of Bugs by Kevin Serwacki(2005)When Doorknob the Rabbit is unable to get rid of a houseful of bugs, the reader is invited to help out.

Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh(2003)Dot and Jabber, mouse detectives, try to solve the mystery of the disappearing insects.

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson(2003)A frog in the bog grows larger and larger as he eats more and more bugs, until he attracts the attention of an alligator who puts an end to his eating.

I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges(2005)A boy extols the various characteristics of insects, all of which he loves.

Insects are my Life by Megan McDonald(1995)No one at home or school understands Amanda Frankenstein's devotion to insects until she meets Maggie. No one at home or school understands Amanda Frankenstein's devotion to insects until she meets Maggie.

Kitten's Big Adventure by Mie Araki(2005)A kitten tries to catch a butterfly but runs back to Mama when the butterfly decides to chase the kitten instead.

Little Buggy Runs Away by Kevin O'Malley(2003)Little Buggy has a fight with Big Buggy and runs away, with help from some ant friends, but when night falls and the ants have to go home, Little Buggy has second thoughts.

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk(1995)On her very first day of life, Little Miss Spider searches for her mother and finds love in an unexpected place.

The Little Squeegy Bug by Bill Martin(2001)A wingless little bug with no name wants to be a bumblebee and begins to search for a pair of wings.

Manuelo the Playing Mantis by Don Freeman(2001)A praying mantis who longs to make music gets help from a spider named Debby Webster.

My Father's Hands by Joanne Ryder(1994)A girl's father digs in the garden, finding and presenting for inspection such wonders as a round gold beetle and a leaf-green mantis.

The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini(2003)After Elizabeth's parents do not agree with her various suggestions for the perfect pet, she discovers a solution.

Pest Fest by Julia Durango(2007)In beauty, talent and skills, the housefly can't compete with other bugs. But as a pest he is a winner. Book shows beetle, firefly, cricket, cicada, housefly and spider.

Stanley the Stinkbug Goes to Camp by Max Lucado(2006)Stanley Stinkbug is nervous about going to camp and when he gets nervous he becomes surrounded by a malodorous cloud, but while the other campers are helping him to stay calm, they discover why God gave him his unique trait.

Ugh! a Bug by Mary Bono(2006)Rhyming text and illustrations present various reactions to encounters with such bugs as an ant, beetle, and ladybug.

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert(2001)

Board Books

Busy Bugs by Mandy Stanley(2003)Various flying and crawling creatures one might encounter.

I Like Bugs by Lorena Siminovich(2010)Collage illustrations and simple text invite the reader to explore the world of insects, from one dragonfly to five busy bugs.

The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta(2004)

Miss Spider's ABC by David Kirk(2002)Jumping junebugs, very vivid violets, entertaining earthworms, and other friends of Miss Spider gather to celebrate her birthday.

Miss Spider's New Car by David Kirk(1999)Miss Spider and her husband go shopping for a car.

Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk(2006)When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!

Spotlight on Shimmer by David Kirk(2003)"Watch Shimmer shine as she does her favorite things in the Sunny Patch!"--Cover back.

Surf with Squirt by David Kirk(2005)"Follow Squirt as he surfs the web to all the places he loves in Sunny Patch!"--Cover back.

Easy Readers

Bedtime Story by David Kirk(2006)Miss Spider and Holly just can't seem to get to bed on time, so their little bugs step in to help out.

Breakout at the Bug Lab by Ruth Horowitz(2001)When a giant cockroach named Max escapes from their mother's bug laboratory, Leo and his brother receive help from a mysterious stranger who advises them to think like a bug in order to recapture the runaway roach.

Bug Stew by Apple Jordan(2003)An easy-to-read, rhyming tale of Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba, who spend a day searching for and eating all sorts of tasty bugs.

Bugs by Pat McKissack(1988)Simple text and illustrations of a variety of insects introduce the numbers one through five.

Captain Sunny Patch by David Kirk(2006)While trying to learn how to fly, Squirt accidentally becomes Captain Sunny Patch, the new neighborhood hero.

Dance, Spider, Dance by Robert Kraus(1993)

Diego Saves a Butterfly by Lara Bergen(2007)Diego rescues a butterfly from the cave she hid in when Baby Jaguar scared her.

The Great Bug Hunt by Bonnie Dobkin(1993)Children set out looking for insects and they find all kinds.

I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown(1999)In brief rhyming text, lists all the types of insects the narrator likes.

Inspector Hopper by Doug Cushman(2000)Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends.

Meadow Magic by Jacqueline Sweeney(2002)Hildy the duck helps Ladybug prepare to sing at the Big Bug Concert.

My, Oh My, a Butterfly by Tish Rabe(2007)


Bug Muldoon: the Garden of Fear by Paul Shipton(2001)Something strange is going on in the garden and Bug Muldoon, beetle private investigator, tries to figure out how the ants and the wasps are involved.

The Bundle at Blackthorpe Heath by Mark Copeland(2006)Twelve-year-old Art, with the help of a ladybug named Rufus, uncovers a fly's plot to ruin his family's traveling insect circus.

Butterfly Buddies by Judy Cox(2001)Third grader Robin has a series of mishaps and learns the value of honesty as she tries to become best friends with Zoey, her partner for a class project on raising butterflies. Includes butterfly care tips.

Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep(2000)Teddy and his little brother Bobby devise strategies using bugs to defeat the school bully.

Don't Bug Me by Pam Zollman(2001)When Megan must collect twenty-five insects for a school project, her little brother's interference and a classmate's teasing make the task difficult, and reveal that she does not know either of them as well as she thought.

The Dreamwalker's Child by Steve Voake(2006)After being hit by a car Sam Palmer finds himself in Aurobon, a land of giant insects where some of the inhabitants are working to keep Earth's ecology in balance while others are trying to wipe out humankind with a lethal virus spread by mosquitoes.

The End of the Beginning(2004)Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure by Lynne Reid Banks(2001)Harry, a young centipede, faces danger and frustration when he is captured by a hoo-min and placed in a jar.

Hector Finds a Fortune by Elizabeth Shreeve(2004)Opportunity knocks -- Senior citizen -- Whirligigs -- North lights -- Honeysuckle -- Membership closed -- Life is not fair -- The meadow -- Uncle Baxter's bees -- Sticky swimming -- The maze -- Thunder and lightning -- The rescue -- Welcome and good-bye -- All that glitters.

In the Garden by J. C. Greenburg(2003)Andrew, his cousin Judy, and Thudd the robot, having been shrunk by a shrinking machine, encounter many terrifying creatures, including Mrs. Scuttle, as they try to reach the Atom Sucker before it explodes.

Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck(2007)When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure.

Prilla and the Butterfly Lie by Kitty Richards(2007)After lying to spare a friend's feelings, Prilla, a mainland-visiting, clapping-talent fairy, finds herself spending a day as a butterfly herder, while strange things keep happening to her.

Spider Kane and the Mystery under the May-Apple by Mary Pope Osborne(1992)With the help of a spider, a moth, and two ladybug friends, a young butterfly tries to uncover the mystery involving a gossamer-winged butterfly with whom he has fallen in love.

Poetry and Jokes

Bug Jokes(2007)

Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things by David L. Harrison(2007)

Creepy Crawlers: a Book of Bug Jokes by Mark Moore(2005)

Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer(2003)

Flit, Flutter, Fly: Poems About Bugs and Other Crawly Creatures(1992)A collection of poems about bugs and other creatures that crawl by a variety of authors.

Insectlopedia: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian(1998)Presents twenty-one short poems about such insects as the inchworm, termite, cricket, and ladybug.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman(1988)Grasshoppers -- Water striders -- Mayflies -- Fireflies -- Book lice -- Moth's serenade -- Water boatmen -- Digger wasp -- Cicadas -- Honeybees -- Whirligig beetles -- Requiem -- House crickets -- Chrysalis diary.

Oddhopper Opera: a Bug's Garden of Verses by Kurt Cyrus(2001)A collection of poems about the activities of a variety of different bugs which flourish in a garden from early spring to late fall.

Tale of the Poisonous Yuck Bugs by Aaron Reynolds(2005)


Anansi and the Box of Stories by Stephen Krensky(2008)Long ago in Africa, the sky god Nyame keeps all of the stories to himself, but when Anansi the spider asks their price, Nyame agrees to trade his stories if Anansi can perform four seemingly impossible tasks.

Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric Kimmel(2001)Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do the chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for.

Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel(1988)Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

Anansi and the Talking Melon by Eric Kimmel(1994)A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.

Anansi Does the Impossible by Verna Aardema(1997)Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people.

Anansi Goes Fishing by Eric Kimmel(1992)Anansi the spider plans to trick Turtle into catching a fish for his dinner, but Turtle proves to be smarter and ends up with a free meal. Explains the origin of spider webs.

Coyote and the Grasshoppers by Gloria Dominic(1996)By listening to the Great Spirit and eating huge quantities of grasshoppers, Coyote is able to save the Pomo from drought and starvation.

Insect Facts and Folklore by L. Patricia Kite(2001)Highlights twelve different insects, how the are born, how they live and grow, and what they do to survive.

The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories by Adwoa Badoe(2001)

The Three Grasshoppers by Francesca Bosca(2006)Three grasshopper friends learn the value of friendship and co-operation.


Bats, Butterflies, and Bugs: a Book of Action Toys by St. Clair Adams Sullivan(1990)Instructions for making a variety of toys which look like bugs, butterflies, or bats.

Insects, Bugs, and Art Activities(2002)Information about various topics related to honeybees, caterpillars, dragonflies, snails and other insects and invertebrates forms the foundation for a variety of craft projects.

Let's Draw a Butterfly with Circles by Joanne Randolph(2003)The top part of the wings -- The bottom part of the wings -- The inside of the wings -- The head -- The body -- Your butterfly! -- A butterfly life.


Birds, beasts, bugs & fishes, little & big by Pete Seeger(1998)Birds, beasts, bugs and little fishes: Fly through my window (2:28) ; I had a rooster (3:51) ; Come all you bold sailormen (3:17) ; Old grey mule (1:57) ; Alligator, hedgehog (0:41) ; Frog went a-courting (2:04) ; Raccoon's got a bushy tail (1:16) ; I know an old lady (who swallowed a fly) (2:55) ; Ground hog (2:09) ; Mister Rabbit (2:03) ; Grey goose (2:19) ; Teency weency spider (0:23) ; The old hen (2:27) ; Skip to my Lou (1:30) ; My little kitty (1:23) -- Birds, beasts, bugs and bigger fishes: The little black bull (2:04) ; Leatherwing bat (2:17) ; The keeper and the doe (2:06) ; The Darby ram (2:21) ; Mole in the ground (1:12) ; The fox (1:44) ; Turtle dove (1:51) ; Old Paint (2:09) ; The elephant (0:31) ; The foolish frog (7:07) ; Little dogies (4:15) ; Bear hunt (3:34) ; Old Blue (2:18).

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! by Richele Bartkowiak(2005)Baby bumblebee -- Mosquitos -- Ants go marching -- Insect song -- My pet mosquito -- Nobody likes me -- Fuzzy caterpillar -- Little ant's hill ; Little bee's hive -- Bugs -- Grasshopper -- Bee and the pup -- My busy garden -- Little ants -- Little caterpillar -- All around my yard -- Can you move with me? -- Five little speckled frogs -- Shoo fly -- Flea fly flow -- Five little ladybugs.

Crawdads, doodlebugs & creasy greens [sound recording] : songs, stories & lore celebrating the natural world by Douglas Elliott(1996)Ain't no bugs on me -- Mosquito story -- Theron and the doodlebug -- Doodlebug song -- The Yellowhammer -- The Dominecker woodpecker -- Catfish song -- The Cajuns and the crawfish -- Crawdad hole -- Green rocky road -- The origin of the strawberry -- Strawberry picking -- Queen Elizabeth and the frog -- Froggie went a courting -- Creasy greens intro. - - Creasy Greens -- Born for hard luck/Root blues intro. -- Root blues -- Left hind leg of a rabbit.

Giddyup by Buck Howdy(2005)My favorite kind of bugs (2:31)

Not for Kids Only by Jerry Garcia(1993)There ain't no bugs on me (4:50)

Oops by Dan Crow(1998)The best of all bugs (1:52)

Signing time! songs. Volumes 7-9 by Rachel Coleman(2005)When the bugs come marching in

Songs for Little People by Diamona Delara(1998)Are you afraid of bugs?

Toodala Front Porch Favorites by Gayle Schmitt(2002)Ain't no bugs on me (3:11)

Under the Jewelberry Tree by Joan Huntsberry(2001)Bugs (2:10)

Teaching Tools

Bugs, bugs, bugs! : 21 songs and over 250 activities for young children by Pamela Byrne Schiller(2006)

Insectigations: 40 Hands On Activities to Explore the Insect World by Cindy Blobaum(2005)

Insects, Bugs, and Art Activities(2002)Information about various topics related to honeybees, caterpillars, dragonflies, snails and other insects and invertebrates forms the foundation for a variety of craft projects.

Janice VanCleave's play and find out about bugs : easy experiments for young children. by Janice Pratt VanCleave(1999)Presents simple experiments answering such questions about insects as "Are spiders insects?" "Where do butterflies come from?" and "Why do fireflies light up?"

DVD Fiction

All Pupa'ed Out(2004)Soar with a dragonfly, join the flea circus, and get a big bug hug from all eight of Miss Spider's arms. Get caught in the magical web of Sunny Patch.

The Anansi Collection by Eric Kimmel(2003)Anansi and the magic stick -- Anansi and the talking melon -- Anansi goes fishing -- Anansi and the moss-covered rock.

A Bug's Life(2003)Journey inside the miniature world of bugs where an ant named Flik hires warrior bugs to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers.

Diary of a Spider(2006)A young spider discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being a spider, including how to spin webs and avoid vacuum cleaners.

Happy Heartwood Day(2005)Happy Heartwood Day is a day to show how much you care, and with Miss Spider's eight arms, it's hugs times four!

Miss Spider's Froggy Day in Sunny Patch(2007)Squirt, Shimmer and Spinner are playing in the Taddy Puddle when they come across Felix the frog. Felix is a sweet-natured amphibian who's tongue challenged. When the little bugs take pity on him and untangle his tongue from a cattail, they discover Felix is unlike other frogs they know, he isn't a bug eater. The bugs and frog become instant playmates and have fun adventures in Sunny Patch while keeping their new friend a secret.

DVD Non-Fiction

All About Bugs(2006)Learn about many different kinds of bugs, including their common characteristics and the special roles they play in the circle of life.

Fish, Shellfish, and Underwater Life; Insects(2004)Presents and answers questions about fish, shellfish, underwater life and insects.

Insect(2004)Zoom in on a world of creatures that are industrious, sociable, and environmentally useful, but that are nevertheless avoided and ignored. Safely examine the wonders of the insect through macrophotography and startling 3-D graphics that reveal the true importance of these amazing life forms.

Insects and Other Arthropods(2006)Learn about insects, spiders and crustaceans and discover the differences between these three groups of arthropods.

Magic School Bus: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs(2004)Buzz, flutter and march into three tiny new worlds with Ms. Frizzle. Includes: Gets ants in its pants, In a beehive, Butterflies and the bog beast.

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