Buggy for Books

Snug Bug by Cathy East Dubowski
Bugs! by David Greenberg
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
Lady Bugatti by Joyce Maxner
Ed and Fred Flea by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Step by Step by Diane Wolkstein
Insects are My Life by Megan McDonald
The Best Bug Parade by Stuart Murphy
A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinces
Jazper or Buz by Richard Egielski
The Ant Bully by John Nickle
Toestomper and the Caterpillars by Sharleen Colicott
Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth
Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
A Worm's Tale by Barbro Lindgren
The Big Fat Worm by Nancy Van Laan
The Big Honey Hunt by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle
Mr. Bumble by Kim and Doug Kennedy
The Bee's Sneeze by Ellis Nadler
Buzz Buzz Buzz by Byron Barton
A Firefly Named Torchy by Bernard Waber
The Caterpillow Fight by Sam McBratney
Caterpillar's Wish by Mary Murphy
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema
How Many Bugs in a Box? by David Carter (try all of David Carter's buggy books!)
Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk (try the whole Miss Spider series! I especially like Miss Spider's ABC.)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle, The Very Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket or The Very Lonely Firefly, all by Eric Carle!

Craft Idea: Make your own snazzy bugs by painting small (5 - 20 watt?) lightbulbs (acrylics works well, but you could try paint pens or even tempera paint with smaller children) and then decorating and attaching wings and "googlie eyes," and pipe cleaner antennae!

A Fun Game: Cocoon Wrap! Buy rolls of toilet paper. Two kids will wrap the third kid, the "chrysalis." Set a timer. Who can wrap the chrysalis most completely in three minutes? Then, which chrysalis can emerge from the cocoon the fastest? Reward all players by making wings out of poster board. Attach around arms with extra-large rubber bands. You can also make cool antennae by making crowns out of corrugated "Bordette" bulletin board border, and sticking pipe cleaners into the corrugation, and small styrofoam balls at the end. Wow! You'll have a classroom full of kids who will be bugging you in no time!

Artwork on header designed by Vishal Verma, 2nd grade.

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