Bug Books and Craft

bug theme activity

I think stick bugs are really cool. I’ve never seen one before although maybe I have and just thought it was an actual stick! Are you fascinated by stick bugs too? Why not make your own. This one is super easy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need: craft stick, craft glue, small googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. Here’s how: cut two 12 inch pipe cleaners in half with wire cutters or OLD scissors. Glue 2 googly eyes to the front and the 3 pipe cleaners on the back (wait to bend them until dry). That’s it! My son keeps putting it on his head and saying, “Ah! I have a bug on my head!”

Combine it with a bug themed story time for extra fun. I have compiled some of our favorites…

Bugs Galore by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake (the author/illustrator of the touching wordless picture book Bluebird): This is a bright, colorful, and happy rhyming book that almost makes me want to live in a world full of bugs. Oh wait, I already do!

Bugs are Insects by one of my favorite authors Ann Rockwell and illustrated by one of the best nonfiction illustrators, Steve Jenkins: It is a wonderfully informative and simply written book about bugs with descriptive and exquisite paper cut illustrations.

I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by G. Brian Kara:  This is a level 1 book so it is great for new readers.  It has the same kind of whimsical flow as her classic Goodnight Moon and the illustrations are sketchy and fun!

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold: Actually all the books in the Fly Guy series are great but I am a sucker for a love story.  My son just loves these books which are perfect for new readers, boys, and lovers of good humor.  I had a smile on my face the whole way through!

The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Ralph Masiello: You can never have enough alphabet books I always say.  This book we have an autographed copy of by Ralph Masiello who made quite an impression on my daughter during his school visit. He is an excellent illustrator who also has many how to draw books of which my daughter would like to get every one!  Check out his how to draw bugs here.

Do you have a favorite bug? Please share!

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    • There really are lots of good bug themed books out there. Bugs are also so easy to observe, they are everywhere!

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