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There are a lot of books about bugs. There are a lot of books about poetry. But only the best are about both. These 5 children’s books are a unique way to learn interesting facts about insects while simultaneously enjoying the beauty of poetry. Learn about the different parts of a moth, what the praying mantis eats for lunch, or the genealogy of a cockroach. Young readers can easily vocalize these simple verses and will be transfixed by the photography and illustrations of our favorite creepy crawlers.

insectlopediaINSECTLOPEDIA
poems and paintings by Douglas Florian
(1998)

The poems in this book never contain more than a few words per line and often just one. Youthful and slightly abstract paintings by the author accompany each poem.

unbeelievableUNBEELIEVABLES
poems and paintings by Douglas Florian
(2012)

By the creator of INSECTLOPEDIA, simple poems are offset by brightly colored paintings in Florian’s signature style. As an added bonus, each poem is followed by an informative paragraph about that insect.

bug offBUG OFF! CREEPY, CRAWLY POEMS
by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple
(2012)

Vibrant fullpage photographs rather than illustrations cover this volume. Like UNBEELIEVABLE, Yolen includes interesting facts about each bug after every poem.

nastybugsNASTY BUGS
Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Will Terry
(2012)

This book is covered in colorful, cartoony artwork by the talented Will Terry. His adorable artwork moves the reader through poems by a variety of authors. This volume includes an illustrated index in the back with information on each bug mentioned.

facebugsFACE BUG  
poems by J. Patrick Lewis, photographs by Frederic B. Siskind, illustrations by Kelly Murphy
(2013)

The poetry in this book was motivated by a series of photographs featuring the faces of bugs up close and personal. Each poem is accompanied by the seemingly alien photo that inspired it. As if that wasn’t cool enough, illustrator Kelly Murphy covers the rest of the page in black and white cartoons that take the reader on a comical journey. Like NASTY BUGS this book also includes a simple index with facts about each bug’s life cycle.

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