Within this text, Charles Paul May puts a creative spin
on explaining the life history of twenty-eight different insects.
Jean Henry Fabre was a famous entomologist.
Follow ten-year-old Paul as he discovers many insects through the guidance
of his father. Complete with a glossary of insect terms.
I selected this book because I thought it would be
beneficial for students when learning about a famous entomologists.
Ruf, Catherine. Rachel Carson: The Wonder of Nature
Maryland: A Division of Henry
Holt and Co., Inc., 1992.
Rachel Carson’s deep love of nature and all living
things inspired her to become a writer. As chemical pesticides were
threatening the beautiful environment surrounding her, Rachel Carson decided
to take action. She used her talent in writing to start a national
crusade focused on saving the earth.
I selected this book because I thought Rachel Carson
would be a good role model for students.
Hutchins, Ross E. The Bug Clan
. New York: Dodd, Mead
& Company, 1973.
Classifies bugs by orders and families. Each
chapter discusses a different category of insects. Habitat, life
cycles, and anatomy are among the topics covered in each of the eight
This book was very informative, and I thought it would
teach kids many facts about several types of insects.
May, Charles P. A Book of Insects
. New York: St. Martin’s
Press, Inc., 1972.
Berger, Gilda and Melvin. How Do Flies Walk Upside Down
New York: Scholastic,
Contains questions and answers about insects.
This book provides the reader with several interesting facts about the
physical characteristics, senses, eating habits, behaviors, and life cycles
of different insects.
I selected this book because it contained many interesting
facts. This book would be useful to a teacher because they could
use these facts as an attention getter for a lesson on insects.
Bono, Mary. Ugh a Bug
. New York: Walker & Company,
This book incorporates rhyming while interpreting children’s
reactions as they encounter bugs.
Even though they say not to judge a book by its cover,
I selected it due to the illustration on the front page. It was
very colorful, and appeared to be an appealing story.
Boo, Marcial. The Butterfly Kiss
. California: Harcourt
& Brace & Company, 1995.
As a butterfly kiss travels through the forest looking
for a home, it encounters many different animals. When each animal
rejects the kiss, it travels to a village in search of a home. Seeing
a lighted window, the butterfly kiss travels inside and finds
that the perfect ending to a bedtime story is a kiss.
I selected this book because it made me think of my
childhood. I remember giving butterfly kisses to my parents, and
I feel that others should learn about this tradition.
Carle, Eric. The Grouchy Ladybug
. Harper Collins Publishers,
The grouchy ladybug encounters many different types
of insects and challenges them to fight. Each insect accepts the
challenge, but the grouchy ladybug responds by telling them that they
are not big enough. The grouchy ladybug finally meets her match
and respects the other insects.
I decided to put this book in my collection because
I think that it teaches kids a good lesson. I also thought that
the illustrations were delightful.
Carle, Eric. The Very Busy Spider.
New York: Philomel
As a little spider spins her web on a fence post, several
animals from a nearby farm try to divert her efforts. In the end
the spiders beautiful web turns out to be very helpful. However,
when her efforts are recognized, the very busy spider cannot be awoken.
I selected this story because it shared a creative
twist on a type of insect. I also thought that it would be a cute
story to share with children.
Marzollo, Jean. I’m a Caterpillar
. New York: Scholastic,
Explains the life cycle transition a caterpillar makes
as it turns into a butterfly. The story is told from a caterpillars
point of view.
I chose this book because it is extremely informative
and it is easy to read. I also enjoyed the illustrations and thought
that the chart in the back of the book would be a good teaching resource
for young children.
Parker, Nancy Wright, and Joan, Richards, Wright. Bugs
New York: Greenwillow
This book of entomology presents sixteen different
insects. There are many colorful diagrams incorporated in this text
that show the anatomy of each insect. Brief descriptions of each
bug are also included in this book.
I selected this book because of the way in which the
authors chose to write it. They created a plot and then added informative
pictures and facts that went along with the story line.
Pinczes, Elinor J. One Hundred Hungry Ants.
As one hundred hungry ants searched for a picnic, the
little ant decides to organize the group in order to get there faster. Theants
frantically race here and there, up and down, and to and fro. All
of the ant’s efforts to get their faster only slowed them down.
As a result, there was no food at the picnic and the one hundred hungry
ants were now angry.
I selected this book because I really enjoyed the story.
I thought that it was a funny story that all children would like.
Aardema, Verna. Anansi does the Impossible
. New York:
Atheneum Books for Young
This Ashanti tale, retold by Verna Aardema, shares
a spider named Anansi plan to recover folktales from the Sky
The Sky God’s price is hefty however, Anansi and his
wife establish three clever schemes that fulfill the Sky God’s
I chose this book because it used a spider as the main
character. I also thought this was a fun story that teachers could
with students while teaching about insects.
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Talking Melon
. New York:
Holiday House, 1994.
Eric Kimmel retells an African folklore about Anansi
this spider. As Anansi the spider travels into an Elephant’s melon
patch, he decides to help himself to a snack. Anansi eats and eats
until he is too full to climb out of the melon. He then decides
to trick the elephant and all of the towns people into thinking that the
melon can talk.
I selected this book because I thought that the story
was creative and funny. I think that children would enjoy this tale.
D’Abano, Flamsteed. The Grolier Library of Science Biographies
Gives brief biographies about many different
scientists. It also shares information on where to locate full texts
about each scientist.
This source is useful when looking for biographies
about scientists. I incorporated this book because I found it beneficial
when looking up information for this website.
Lima, Carolyn W. and John A. A to Zoo
This source is organized by categories. It shares
many books that related to the chosen topic.
I selected this resource because it contained information
on many different topics. I would be beneficial for all teachers
to use this source when looking for information on thematic units.
Jerrie S. Cheek. Insects. Educational Technology Center-KSU.
January 11, 2003.
This website shares many links about a variety of different
insects. It is beneficial for both students and teachers to look