February 23, 2010

Insect Unit Ideas #2--books

Although we read about a gazillion books about insects by the end of our unit, only a few stick out as "favorites."

Our very favorite book of the whole unit was Bug-a-licious. It is about all the different bugs people eat around the world and is put together in a very kid-friendly format. The pictures are also awesome. Loved it!

This was our favorite of the numerous books about hidden walkingsticks in our libary. The text was average but the pictures were awesome.

This book had the best pictures! It also had more clever/interesting text than most of the other bug books. A definite favorite.

Although the pictures weren't the best, this book is still awesome. Each page discusses a group of insects, including the proper name for the group. Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a flutter? I didn't. Now I do!

Caterpillars are very strange looking. The phenomenal pictures in this book make that very clear. (It is a National Geographic publication--one expects a certain photo quality from them and they did not disappoint.)

There are numerous books about this particular insect in our library. It's strange looking and creepy but cool at the same time. It's head is also shaped like my three-year-olds. No lie. I'm not sure that any book is that much better than another, but of all the books I looked at from our library system--this was my favorite. Good pictures, good text. Perfect for the early elementary ages.

I love poetry and reading poetry to my children, so I was pretty excited to find a whole book of prose devoted to creepy-crawlies. Whitman it isn't, but it's not bad, nonetheless.

All the books I've mentioned in this post are available from the Davis County, UT library system.

Bugs Up Close by Diane Swanson and Paul Davidson
Bug-a-licious by Meish Goldish
Hidden Walkingsticks by Meish Goldish
Face to Face with Caterpillars by Darlyne Murawski
What Do You Call a Group of Butterflies by Emma Nathan
Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things by David Harrison
Praying Mantises by Larry Brimner

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