Welcome back to the second month of our Summer Read-Aloud Book Club! I’m excited you’re joining me as we read and explore with our kids. As I mentioned last week, the theme for June is Bugs.
Now, I’ll start with a disclaimer: I generally do not like bugs. Especially those in the arachnid family. (I used to pay my little sister a dollar to kill spiders for me. Yes, that’s a dollar per spider. She was pretty rich.) But there is something about bugs that is absolutely fascinating to my children. Do your kids spend time gazing at ants or rolling Roly-Polys around? Do they get excited when they find an earthworm and have a million questions about bees? Yeah, mine too. So, I am choosing to swallow my fears and dislike of these creepy crawlies to try and experience the insect world through the eyes of my children.
This week I have some book ideas to get you started reading with your kids. Remember, next week we’ll have activity ideas for learning more about all kinds of bugs. The following week will be full of fun games, crafts, and movies about bugs. then, in the last week of June we’ll have another fun outing day at the Denver Butterfly Pavilion! I hope you’ll join me.
Ok, on to the books. Please, please, please chime in with other insect-themed books you and your family have enjoyed!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar :: Eric Carle
The Very Lonely Firefly :: Eric Carle
The Very Busy Spider :: Eric Carle
The Very Quiet Cricket :: Eric Carle
Any of the Fly Guy books :: Tedd Arnold
Aaaaarrrgh! Spider! :: Lydia Monks
Two Bad Ants :: Chris Allsburg
Charlotte’s Web :: E.B. White (This is first on our list! Naomi and I read it a couple of years ago, but now we are excited to share it with the younger two!)
Are You A Bee? :: Judy Allen
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive :: Joanna Cole
The Life and Times of the Ant :: Charles Micucci
Are You a Spider? :: Judy Allen
Are You a Butterfly? :: Judy Allen
Are You a Ladybug? :: Judy Allen
Diary of a Spider :: Doreen Cronin
Charlie the Caterpillar :: Dom de Luise
I’m A Pill Bug :: Yukihisa Tokuda
Masterpiece :: Elise Broach (this one is geared for the tween age group)
Drizzle :: Kathleen van Cleve (While not specifically about bugs, the main character of this book can talk to bugs. This is another book for tween kids.)
The Strange Tale of Ben Beesley :: Matt McNeil (another recommendation for older kids)
What are your bug-themed book recommendations??