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2 Playful Non-Fiction Books to Bug Out Over

Dr. Anna Iacovetta | The Children’s Book Review | April 2, 2019

These 2 kids books take nonfiction to a new level!  Using poetry and clever word plays, these picture books are playful, yet educational for ages 5-95!

Cricket in the ThicketCricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs

Written by Carol Murray

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This beautifully illustrated book of watercolor and mixed media compliments these “buggy” poems very well.  Each poem highlights a different insect and their sounds, their job, or their look.  The page also includes a small insert giving 1 or 2 fun facts about that particular bug.  A book that can be used to teach across the curriculum and encourage children to write their own poems about a favorite bug or animal.

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Ages 5-10 | Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. | 2017 | ISBN: 978-0805098181

Do Doodlebugs Doodle- Amazing Insect FactsDo Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts

Written by Corinne Demas & Artemis Roehrig

Illustrated by Ellen Shi

This fun read answers questions based on the dissection of the insects’ names.  For instance, “Do robber flies rob banks?  Do booklice have library cards? Do bed bugs wear pajamas?”   Readers are learning with every turn of the page with this fact-filled book!  And you can’t help but smile when imagining the secret lives of insects through Shi’s large, colorful illustrations.

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Ages 5-10 | Publisher: Persnickety Press | 2018 | ISBN: 978-1943978359

Header image illustration from ‘Cricket in the the Thicket: Poems About Bugs’ (Henry Holt and Co., 2017), written by Carol Murray and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

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Dr. Anna Iacovetta, classroom teacher who taught every grade, K-12 together with undergraduate students. Her passionate interest in children's literature led her to earn a doctorate in Literature for Children and Young Adults from The Ohio State University. Anna is currently a part-time professor and book reviewer who resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she lives with her husband and two young children. Twitter: LiteraryGal82

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