Title: Creepy Critters
Authors: Richard Hawke and Robin Bouttell
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, 2012
Book Type: Non-Fiction
Ages: 4 and up
Synopsis (from Abrahms website):
With realistic illustrations and creepy fun facts about each bug, this colorful book will fascinate young readers as it brings six different bugs to life in 3-D. Readers will meet a hairy orange spider, a honeybee, a huge red cockroach, a blue beetle, a grasshopper, and a spotted ladybug.
- Insectclopedia has insect related lesson plans organized by grade-level.
- The Science Spot has index of websites with insect related activities.
Videos and Photos: National Geographic for Kids has some great insect related photography and articles.
- Learn how to make pop-up cards. (spider, flower vases, frog, etc)
- Another pop-up card craft site.
- General bug related craft ideas from Family Fun site.
Why I Like This Book:
I recommend this book for getting kids excited about insects. The book has basic facts about the size, diet and life span of the bug. Boring you say, okay I agree. Each page spread also has a few interesting facts, that you probably won’t find right away on Google or Wikipedia. For instance, did you know grasshoppers ears are on their stomach. Not sold yet .. well I have saved the best for last. Imagine opening a page spread and having a large pop-out of an insect. I was floored when I saw the paper crafts. Check out the picture I took below. How cool is that!
This book is really a starter book to get kids interested in insects. I would like to add other insect related books as a resource.
Do you or your kids have any favorite insect books? I will update this post later with your recommendations.
This review is part of Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.