Minibeasts

Minibeasts

Snail Trail

Ruth Brown

The pages of this picture book contain short, simple text on beautifully detailed illustrations. Follow the journey of the snail as he goes over hills, through tunnels, past slippery things and finally out into a delightful surprise at the end. A good book for encouraging positional language.

The Big Book of Bugs

Yuval Zommer

This large-sized informative compendium is the kind of non-fiction that children like to come back to again and again to pore over its pages. Each double-page spread dives into a different bug-themed question, such as 'How does a butterfly flutter by?' or 'Where does the name praying mantis come from?'. The illustrations are stunning and come together with the accessible chunks of text to make wonderful and informative spreads that children love exploring.

Superworm

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This fast-paced story by the well-loved children's author Julia Donaldson follows the story of the unlikely hero Superworm as he is put under a spell by the Wizard Lizard. The rhyming narrative and bright, detailed illustrations make for a popular and enjoyable story time. There is also a Read & Respond guide available from Amazon.

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Lydia Monks

Little Spider has a lot to prove when she wants to be the family pet. Can she convince a family who is scared of spiders to keep her? This brightly illustrated picture book is an uplifting story about acceptance and belonging.

Diary of a Fly

Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss

Part of the 'Diary of a...' series, this laugh-out-loud story offers an insight into the everyday ups and downs of being a fly. Cartoon-style illustrations and text in a diary format make this an interesting text for your minibeasts topic.

A Butterfly Is Patient

Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long

This beautifully illustrated non-fiction text showcases butterflies, using the stunning pictures as a gentle but informative way in to explaining the science behind their life cycles.  You may also like A Beetle is Shy (available here), which is part of the same series. 

The Bee Book

Charlotte Milner

Learn all about bees with this brightly coloured and highly appealing non-fiction picture book. Topics include where honey comes from, how hives work, why we need pollination and how to help save more bees.

Spyder

Matt Carr

This entertaining story, which is created in Matt Carr’s signature comic-book style with a palette of bold primary colours, follows Spyder, a secret agent arachnid whose codename is 008. Spyder is sent on a highly important mission to save one boy’s birthday cake from the destructive intentions of an uninvited Bluebottle. The story is full of puns, cool gadgets and extra information like a spider webpage at the end. 

 

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Moth

Isabel Thomas & Daniel Egnéus

This is a striking picture book that uses the story of a moth to demonstrate how animals can adapt and evolve over time. The peppered moth as a species began to struggle with its grey patterned wings around the time of the industrial revolution when the darkening effect of air pollution suddenly made the moths easier to spot to predators. Those moths with slightly darker wings were able to survive more easily and as a result of natural selection, the species evolved over time.  This book illustrates the concept wonderfully for young readers through its stunning illustrations and lyrical storytime language. 

Minibeasts: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts

Jaclyn Crupi & Ladybird

This is a brilliant first non-fiction text aimed at 3-5 year olds. It will introduce young children to the conventions of information texts, such as contents, headings and captions, in a fun and easily accessible way. 

Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Lynne Reid Banks & Tony Ross

This is an early chapter book suitable for the 5-8 age bracket. It tells the story of a little centipede who tries to navigate the world of "hoo-mins". This award-winning book is very entertaining and helps the reader to consider life from a different perspective. 

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Bonkers about Beetles

Owen Davey

This is a high-quality non-fiction text that explores the topic of beetles in a stylish and visually appealing way. Learn all about these fascinating creatures, which apparently make up 25% of all animals on our planet!  With images that appeal to all ages (including a great page showing different types of beetles to scale) and text that is most suitable for KS2, this is a winner for all primary school libraries. 

The Giant Jam Sandwich

Janet Burroway & John Vernon Lord

How would you solve the problem if 1 million wasps invaded your town? The residents of Itching Down find a creative solution by trying to construct a giant jam sandwich to trap the wasps. This rhyming picture book has stood the test of time and is always a hit in KS1 classrooms. 

Yucky Worms

Vivian French & Jessica Ahlberg

Worms might seem yucky at first, but there's more to these wiggly fellows than meets the eye! Presented in a style to be interesting and accessible to young children, this is a lovely non-fiction text to support a minibeasts topic in EYFS and KS1.

Firefly Home

Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

Florence Firefly is lost and despite her ability to light up the night in the most beautiful of ways, she needs help to find her way home. This is an interactive story where readers are encouraged to join in different actions to help Florence on her journey past different bright lights to her house, including clapping and tracing patterns on the pages. 

The Very Quiet Cricket

Eric Carle

A lesser-known story from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is the tale of a cricket who rubs his wings together to find that he has lost his song. Beautifully illustrated and this version has a surprise sound chip on the final page too.

Beetle Boy

M. G. Leonard

This is a chapter book for older readers (most suitable for upper KS2). Darkus is a young boy who encounters a giant beetle called Baxter. Together, the unlikely pair are drawn into an investigation that may just be the key to finding Darkus's missing father. This hugely entertaining and original book is the first of a popular trilogy that celebrates just how wonderful beetles are. 

 

 

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Mad About Minibeasts!

Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

A brightly-illustrated collection of uplifting rhymes about all sorts of minibeasts. These rhymes are ideal for reading aloud and learning by heart! 

First Facts: Bugs

Penelope Arlon & DK

A simple information text bursting with clear photographs and fun facts about minibeasts. This is great for reading aloud but young children will also enjoy looking through the pages independently. 

Project Bugs

Camilla De la Bedoyere

We love non-fiction texts with interactive elements and 'Project Bugs' is full of them! This book is crammed with colourful fold-out pages, exciting hands-on projects and secret flaps that are cleverly integrated into the photographs (like insects’ wings or cells in a beehive that lift up to reveal extra information). Bursting with interesting facts and ideas for investigative activities, such as finding out how some insects can walk on water, this text delves into the biology of a whole host of fascinating minibeasts. Recommended for KS2. 

 

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