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