Early Literacy Tip
Repetition helps children learn. Tell and read favorite stories over and over again. Each time children hear a story, they notice new things. They also become more and more familiar with the structure and sequence of stories.
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd
Easy-to-read text with colorful illustrations celebrates the many kinds of bugs that can be found in a backyard.
Worms for Lunch? by Leonid Gore
Easy-to-read text and die-cut illustrations allow various creatures to reveal what they like to eat.
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein
Bugs of all shapes, colors and sizes--including bed bugs, cute bugs, live bugs and dead bugs--are presented in illustrations and rhyme.
Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming
Illustrations and rhyming text reveal the great variety of beetles and their swirling, humming, crashing activities.
Under Ground by Denise Fleming
Pulp paintings and rhyming text spotlight the underground world of burrowing, tunneling and digging animals. Includes a "creature indentification" page.
The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields
All kinds of insects compete to see who is the "bugliest" bug of all, but there is a sinister surprise behind the contest.
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend." The action in this book makes it pefect to read aloud.
The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
A lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies.
Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam
Rhyming text introduces bug-eating animals such as geckos, trout or even people. Additional facts about each creature are included.
Insectos Para el Almuerzo (Bugs for Lunch in Spanish) by
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes
One hundred hungry ants head toward a picnic to get yummies for their tummies. They stop to change their line formation, showing different divisions of one hundred, causing them to lose both time and food in the end.
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.
(These non-fiction books may not be developmentally appropriate for every preschooler. You know your children—if any of the text is beyond where you think they are, you can still use the book by discussing the pictures and illustrations.)
Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen
The question, “Are you a ladybug?” is followed by a series of simple sentences that help children appreciate the differences between themselves and a ladybug. Realistic, detailed art and informative, easy-to-read text makes this perfect for reading aloud.
Spiders Are Not Insects by Allan Fowler
This non-fiction book gives an introduction to the spider, an eight-legged creature, not to be confused with the six-legged insect.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
A caterpillar comes to school in a jar and the class watches the caterpillar each day as it grows and changes. Soon, it disappears into a hard shell called a chrysalis. Where did it go? This is a perfect beginner's guide to the mystery of metamorphosis.