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Complete List of the Most Amazing Insect Books for Kids to Read, Love and Learn With

If you have been wanting to start teaching kids about insects or to just look at them for the fun of it, then this is the post for you! Studying and learning about the life of insects is fascinating!

I always recommend starting any studies with books, so you can get a handful of elementary through preschool books about insects in general or for specific insects. I love to get some books for bugs in general and also have some books on particular bugs.

In this post, we have several lists of books about bugs and insects for preschoolers and older kids that focus on all insects and also on lone insects, including butterflies, bees, ants, praying mantises, ladybugs and more!  

Take a look at our super complete list of the most amazing insect books for kids to read, love and learn with! Additionally, I’m including ideas, resources and printables to help you if you were looking to make it a unit.

Visit our caterpillar and butterfly hub HERE! We have dozens and dozens of awesome printables, activities and ideas that your kids will love!

And don’t forget to see our book list hub! It is full of lists of books on all kinds of topics on all subjects! You will love it and find it very helpful!

Take a look at our super complete list of the most amazing insect books for kids to read, love and learn with! Additionally, I'm including ideas, resources and printables to help you if you were looking to make it a unit.

Amazing Insect Books for Kids

I always love a good book list on any topic. It helps me gather my thoughts and guide our studies in our homeschool. In this case, we are talking about insects, or bugs. Books are perfect avenues to help us study more about the characteristics of insects, an insect that migrates in winter and so much more!

Here are several lists. I broke them down by insects in general and for several lone insect book lists. I hope that makes it easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for and that you will put together a great unit!

Insect Books for Preschoolers & Older Kids

Below are some of our favorite books about insects for preschoolers, kindergarteners and lower elementary kids. I looked for more non-fiction bug books for preschoolers and older kids because we are talking about educational ideas.

Of course, there are many bug books with cute stories. You can find some fiction books here, too.

Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National GeographicThe Most Complete Bug Reference EverUltimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National GeographicUltimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects: Find Adventure! Go Outside! HaveUltimate Explorer Field GuideUltimate Explorer Field Guide: Insects: Find Adventure! Go Outside! HaveNational Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (NationalFirst Big Book of BugsNational Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (NationalNational Geographic Kids Everything Insects: All the Facts, Photos, andEverything InsectsNational Geographic Kids Everything Insects: All the Facts, Photos, andEverything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know about BugsWhat Kids Really Want to Know about BugsEverything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know about BugsBig Book of BugsBig Book of BugsBig Book of BugsBackyard Bugs: An Identification Guide to Common Insects, Spiders, andAn Identification Guide to Common InsectsBackyard Bugs: An Identification Guide to Common Insects, Spiders, andSuper Bug Encyclopedia: The Biggest, Fastest, Deadliest Creepy-Crawlers on theThe Biggest, Fastest, Deadliest Creepy-CrawlersSuper Bug Encyclopedia: The Biggest, Fastest, Deadliest Creepy-Crawlers on theOn Beyond Bugs: All About Insects (Cat in the Hat'sAll About InsectsOn Beyond Bugs: All About Insects (Cat in the Hat'sBugs, Spiders and Insects!: A Fun Activity Book for KidsBugs, Spiders and Insects!Bugs, Spiders and Insects!: A Fun Activity Book for KidsPocket Genius: Bugs: Facts at Your FingertipsBugs Facts at Your FingertipsPocket Genius: Bugs: Facts at Your FingertipsBugs A to ZBugs A to ZBugs A to Z

 

OOTSR 39pcs Bug Toy Figures for Kids Boys, 2-6” FakeBug Toy Figures for Kids Boys, 2-6” FakeOOTSR 39pcs Bug Toy Figures for Kids Boys, 2-6” FakeUncle Milton Dr. Steve Hunters - Bugs World Collection -Bugs World CollectionUncle Milton Dr. Steve Hunters - Bugs World Collection -Neliblu Fun Outdoor Toy Insect Bug Adventure Set; Bug CatcherOutdoor Toy Insect Bug Adventure Set; Bug CatcherNeliblu Fun Outdoor Toy Insect Bug Adventure Set; Bug Catcher

 

Insect Activities for Kids (Crafts & Printables)

Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects (and Spiders)

Butterfly & Moth ~ Insect Books for Preschool & Older

If you want to focus on one picture book, then you will definitely love showing the beautiful visuals of butterfly books. The life cycles of insects are pretty awesome, but the life cycle of the butterfly takes the cake! Here are some great books and resources on butterflies and moths.

National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to ButterflyNational Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to ButterflyNational Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to ButterflyExplore My World ButterfliesExplore My World ButterfliesExplore My World ButterfliesHandbooks: Butterflies & Moths: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available (DKHandbooks: Butterflies & Moths: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available Handbooks: Butterflies & Moths: The Clearest Recognition Guide Available (DKCaterpillar to Butterfly (Science for Toddlers)Caterpillar to Butterfly (Science for Toddlers)Caterpillar to Butterfly (Science for Toddlers)DK Readers L1: Born to Be a Butterfly (DK ReadersDK Readers L1: Born to Be a Butterfly DK Readers L1: Born to Be a Butterfly (DK ReadersCaterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along GuideCaterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)

 

Blue Morpho Butterfly Plush Costume Wings By Adventure KidsBlue Morpho Butterfly Plush Costume Wings By Adventure KidsBlue Morpho Butterfly Plush Costume Wings By Adventure KidsInsect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit - With Voucher to RedeemInsect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit – With Voucher to RedeemInsect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit - With Voucher to RedeemWowToyz Animal Explorer - Butterflies Tube Playset - 24 PieceButterflies Tube Playset – 24 PieceWowToyz Animal Explorer - Butterflies Tube Playset - 24 Piece

 

Free printable butterfly books & resources

Butterfly Life Cycle for Kids (Free Printables)

Butterfly life cycle mini book ~ free

Moth & Butterfly Life Cycle Book List & Resources that Will Blow your Mind

The Best Moth and Butterfly Life Cycle Printables in the World

12 of the Greatest Life Cycle of a Butterfly Printables

Butterfly Life Cycle for Kids ~ List of Printable Activities & Ideas

3 Butterfly Life Cycle Crafts & Resources

Bees ~ Books about Bugs for Preschoolers & Up

There is a list of ant and bee books for sale, but here are the best one we’ve seen! They will give you great ideas for bee insect activities for kids!

Explore My World: Honey BeesExplore My World: Honey BeesExplore My World: Honey BeesBee: A Peek-Through Picture Book A Peek-Through Picture BookBee: A Peek-Through Picture BookTurn This Book Into a Beehive!: And 19 Other ExperimentsTurn This Book Into a Beehive! And 19 Other Experiments Turn This Book Into a Beehive!: And 19 Other ExperimentsDK Readers L2: Amazing Bees: Buzzing with Bee Facts! (DKAmazing Bees: Buzzing with Bee Facts!DK Readers L2: Amazing Bees: Buzzing with Bee Facts! (DKTeacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: AA bee’s lifeTeacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: AThe Honeybee ManThe Honeybee ManThe Honeybee Man

 

PlanToys Plan Preschool Bee Hive PreschoolPlanToys Plan Preschool Bee Hive PreschoolPlanToys Plan Preschool Bee Hive PreschoolA-Parts The Bee DIY 3D Cut Model Kit- Wooden PuzzleA-Parts The Bee DIY 3D Cut Model Kit- Wooden PuzzleA-Parts The Bee DIY 3D Cut Model Kit- Wooden PuzzleGame Zone Honey Bee Tree Game – Please Don’t WakeHoney Bee Tree GameGame Zone Honey Bee Tree Game – Please Don’t Wake

 

Insect books for Preschoolers that teach about maps, colors and sight words (Printables)

Ladybugs ~ Insects Books for Preschoolers through Elementary

Ladybugs are also called love bugs. Isn’t that adorable? Take a look at the book list and the ladybug crafts ideas below!

Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues) (Backyard Books)Are You A Ladybug? Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues) (Backyard Books)LadybugsLadybugs LadybugsIt's a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs (Rookie Read-About Science)It’s a Good Thing There Are LadybugsIt's a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs (Rookie Read-About Science)Lady Bug (Life Cycles)Lady Bug Life CycleLady Bug (Life Cycles)Children's Book: An Amazing Animal Picture Book about Ladybug forAn Amazing Animal Picture Book about LadybugChildren's Book: An Amazing Animal Picture Book about Ladybug forChildren's Book About Ladybugs: A Kids Picture Book About LadybugsA Kids Picture Book About LadybugsChildren's Book About Ladybugs: A Kids Picture Book About Ladybugs

 

Insect Lore Ladybug Life Cycle - 4 PC Insect FigureLadybug Life CycleInsect Lore Ladybug Life Cycle - 4 PC Insect FigureUS Toy Lady Bug Wings & Antenna Costume SetLady Bug Wings & Antenna Costume SetUS Toy Lady Bug Wings & Antenna Costume SetInsect Lore Original Ladybug Land with VoucherOriginal Ladybug Land with VoucherInsect Lore Original Ladybug Land with Voucher

 

Ladybug Crafts for Kids

Lovely Praying Mantis Books for Kids

We had a lot of fun last week reading fun facts about the praying mantis. If you are looking for interesting (and kind of weird) insects characteristics, then you will want to look at these books!

Sneaker The Praying Mantis: Watch Me And Learn! A KidsSneaker The Praying MantisSneaker The Praying Mantis: Watch Me And Learn! A KidsPraying Mantis!!! Kids' Book About Insects. Awesome Facts & PicturesPraying Mantis!Praying Mantis!!! Kids' Book About Insects. Awesome Facts & PicturesPraying Mantis (21st Century Junior Library: Creepy Crawly Critters)Praying MantisPraying Mantis (21st Century Junior Library: Creepy Crawly Critters)Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes (Insect World)Hungry Insect HeroesPraying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes (Insect World)Praying Mantis - A Pet Owner's GuideA Pet Owner’s GuidePraying Mantis - A Pet Owner's GuideLittle Ant and the Mantis: (Moral: Count Your Blessings) (LittleLittle Ant and the MantisLittle Ant and the Mantis: (Moral: Count Your Blessings) (Little

 

CollectA Insects Praying Mantis Toy Figure - Authentic Hand PaintedPraying Mantis Toy FigureCollectA Insects Praying Mantis Toy Figure - Authentic Hand PaintedPraying Mantis Rustic Blue T-ShirtPraying Mantis Rustic Blue T-ShirtPraying Mantis Rustic Blue T-ShirtToyPlaya Praying Mantis Buzzerks, Bug GogglesPraying Mantis GogglesToyPlaya Praying Mantis Buzzerks, Bug Goggles

 

Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects (and Spiders)

Ants ~ Elementary through preschool insect books

Is the ant your kid’s favorite bug? My kid loves teaching about insects to preschoolers, especially ants. He loves to point out that there are some that have wings, some that bite and some that work super hard all of their lives. Read more here:

National Geographic Readers: AntsNational Geographic Readers: AntsNational Geographic Readers: AntsAnts: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in NatureAnts: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in NatureAnts: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in NatureThe Life and Times of the AntThe Life and Times of the AntThe Life and Times of the AntScience Chapters: All About AntsAll About AntsScience Chapters: All About AntsAnts: Amazing Facts & Pictures for Children on These AmazingAnts: Amazing Facts & Pictures for ChildrenAnts: Amazing Facts & Pictures for Children on These AmazingAnts: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book About Ants ForAnts: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book About AntsAnts: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts Book About Ants For

 

Ant Toy Small Bug Prank Plastic Fake Insect Funny PartyAnt Toy Small BugAnt Toy Small Bug Prank Plastic Fake Insect Funny PartyAnt Colony Co-Operative Children's Board Game - Overcome Obstacles AndAnt Colony Co-Operative Children’s Board GameAnt Colony Co-Operative Children's Board Game - Overcome Obstacles AndUncle Milton Giant Ant Farm KitGiant Ant Farm KitUncle Milton Giant Ant Farm Kit

 

Insect books for Preschoolers that teach about maps, colors and sight words (Printables)

Eric Carle Insect Books

Have you read the book hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle? He’s written a series of cute and fun children’s books focusing on insects. There are characters like the lonely firefly and a grouchy ladybug. 

Eric Carle insects books are lovely and I highly recommend them! These insect books for toddlers are perfect! Be sure to get them in the board books version because they are more durable.

The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Grouchy LadybugThe Grouchy LadybugThe Grouchy LadybugThe Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (TheThe Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (TheThe Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (TheThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookThe Very Lonely Firefly board bookThe Very Quiet Cricket Board BookThe Very Quiet Cricket Board BookThe Very Quiet Cricket Board BookKaplan Early Learning Company Eric Carle Board Books - SetKaplan Early Learning Company Eric Carle Board Books – SetKaplan Early Learning Company Eric Carle Board Books - Set

 

Mudpuppy Friends of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magnetic Characters fromMudpuppy Friends of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magnetic Characters fromMudpuppy Friends of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magnetic Characters fromWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nesting andWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nesting andWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nesting andWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar PlushWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar PlushWorld of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush

 

The very hungry caterpillar butterfly coloring page

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Butterfly Life Cycle Posts

The Most Fun Bingo Game Hungry Caterpillar Printables in the World

The Hungry Caterpillar Bundle inspired by Eric Carle

Thank you for reading our list on insect kids books!

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