Creepy crawlies, minibeasts, bugs or insects - dig deep into the miniature worlds of these fascinating creatures, with over 25,000 of the species found in Britain and many thousands more all around the globe. From bluebottles and butterflies to wasps and wiggly worms, there's plenty to discover in the minibeasts topic, including habitats, lifecycles and learning to recognise just how important these tiny creatures are to our planet's ecosystems. We've put together a list of recommended children's books all about minibeasts and insects.
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. Things are not always as they seem in this delightful outdoor adventure by the acclaimed Ruth Brown.
The Big Book of Bugs
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.
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.
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 picturebook is an uplifting story about acceptance and children love to join in with the repeated phrases.
Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup
A delightful picturebook filled with beautiful neon artwork. Florence Firefly is lost, and there are so many bright lights shining in the night sky that she doesn't know which way to go. She'll need some help to find her way back home.
In this interactive story, children can help Florence on her journey by encouraging her to fly faster, suggesting which direction to take and making a wish.
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, which is part of the same series.
Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector. On his web he collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. Stanley is very proud of his collection, but what can one tiny spider do when it is washed away? In this stunning, deceptively simple and thoughtful debut from animator, illustrator and writer Qian Shi we discover the difference between what you collect in the world and what you collect in your heart.
My Butterfly Bouquet
Nicola Davies & Hannah Peck
With breathtaking illustrations and a touching story, this dazzling picture book introduces young readers to one of nature's most magnificent and essential insects: the butterfly.
See how a little girl recovering from poor health finds wonder in nature and delights in planting a garden with her father to attract a fascinating array of butterflies. Exploring the life stages of butterflies, their importance to our ecosystems and the revitalising power of nature, this book is a heart-warming information story for children who love the outdoors and all its incredible creatures.
At the back of the book, discover tips on how to create your own wildlife garden to attract betterflies! A downloadable resource pack for schools as also available from the publisher.
Peep Inside: Bug Homes
Anna Milbourne & Simona Dimitri
Come on a bug hunt in this little book and discover ants building their nest underground, bees making honey in their hive and a bug hotel where lots of creepy crawlies have found a home. With colourful illustrations, flaps to lift and holes to peep through, there's so much to discover in this fascinating introduction to insects and where they live.
Do You Love Bugs?
This award-winning information book aims to show exactly why minibeasts can be truly awesome in their own unique way. The book includes 14 humorous, bug-tastic spreads, featuring worms, bees, beetles, dragonflies, butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, spiders, ants, snails and stick insects. Find out how honey bees make their honey, why moths always fly around lamps and how bombardier beetles protect themselves from hungry predators. There's something new to learn about each bug.
The Bug Collector
After George visits the Museum of Wildlife with Grandad, all he can think about is bugs! The very next day he goes out hunting, but he soon finds there are no more insects left in the garden, and the ones he has captured in jars don't look very happy... George is about to learn exactly why bugs are so important. A brilliant, vibrant debut from Alex G Griffiths, featuring a wonderful grandfather-grandson relationship.
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 classic rhyming picturebook and BooksForTopics HQ favourite has stood the test of time and is always a hit in KS1 classrooms.
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.
Bella Loves Bugs
Jess French & Duncan Beedie
Bella Loves Bugs tells the story of a day in the life of a girl who is passionate about bugs, as she goes off to Forest School where she always has many creepy crawlie adventures with her fellow nature hero friends!
The book is packed with facts about bugs , some of which Bella regularly spots, but also includes the bugs she dreams about seeing one day - different insects from all over the world.
Rex the Rhinoceros Beetle
M.G. Leonard & Duncan Beedie
From MG Leonard, the award-winning author of Beetle Boy comes a picture book about a little beetle with a big heart!
Deep in the rainforest, rhinoceros beetles Buster and Rex are sharing stories. Buster has so many heroic tales - he's SO strong and daring! Every story leaves Rex in awe - he's never met such an amazing beetle! But with danger just around the corner, will Buster live up to his reputation, or will it be up to Rex to save the day? After all, bravery comes in all shapes and sizes!
Mucky Minibeasts: Ants
Everybody loves beautiful bees and butterflies, but what about kids who like more mucky creatures - the ones that live down in the dirt or eat their own poo? These minibeasts are just as deserving of attention. This illustrated title explores the wonderful world of tiny ants. Did you know that ants will eat almost anything they can find, including fruit, fungus and dead animals. Find out more fascinating facts with this wonderful book about ants. Look out for the other titles in the series too: Snails, Centipedes and Millipedes and Worms.
Libby Walden & Clover Robin
Welcome to the Bug Hotel, a homemade habitat where creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes can find a place to stay!
Discover how a bug hotel can create a sustainable, safe environment for insects and mini-beasts by exploring each section, lifting the flaps and finding out facts about your favourite garden insects.
Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell
Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet
A super-fun story from much-loved Supertato creators Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Norman is a slug who longs to be a snail-if only he could find the right shell! He tries a tennis ball, an apple, and even an alarm clock but none of them feels quite right. Until one day, Norman stumbles upon a doughnut! What could be better than that? But is that sweet shell really the perfect fit?