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The Girl Who Loves Bugs is a hilarious and heart-warming story empowering young girls to always be curious, from superstar writer Lily Murray and Waterstones Prize-winning illustrator, Jenny Løvlie.

Evie loves bugs. And she’s fed up of having to keep up with her mums and brother on walks when she’d rather be peering under logs and examining snails. So, one day, she decides to bring the bugs inside, so she can be with them all the time. The problem is, the family is coming to stay, even fearsome Great Gran, who doesn’t stand for any nonsense. And on the day of their arrival, Evie wakes up to find her bugs have escaped . . . all over the house! What is Great Gran going to say?

A beautiful, bug-filled story about following your dreams, and the unconditional love of family. With ideas and tips at the back for looking after some of your own bugs (outside!).

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Meet the wiggliest, squiggliest superhero in the world in the funny picture book by the number one bestselling author and illustrator of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Zog.

“Superworm is super-long.
Superworm is super-strong.
Watch him wiggle! See him squirm!
Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!”

Super-long and super-strong, Superworm is always on hand to help animals and insects in need. From rescuing Baby Toad from a busy road or fishing Beetle out of a well – do not fear, Superworm is here!

But who will come to Superworm’s rescue, when he’s captured by the wicked Wizard Lizard and Crow? Luckily, all of Superworm’s friends have a cunning plan…

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Introducing… Spyder – code name 0008 (legs). It’s not easy being a super special secret agent when you’re only as big as a pin badge. But when a birthday cake is under threat, SPYDER is called upon. It’s time to pack the spy-kit with binoculars, a top-secret laser pen and… a banana. Will Spyder save the day, AND the party?

Recommended children’s books about minibeasts 

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. From classic children’s stories like EYFS favourite The Very Hungry Caterpillar to beautifully illustrated non-fiction gems like The Big Book of Bugs, there are plenty of minibeast stories for children to discover on our list.

Dig deep into the topic with our list of the best children’s books about minibeasts and insects…

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Worms – fun, fascinating and wriggly worms! The humble earthworm plays a significant role in the environment, as all farmers and gardeners know: it aerates the soil, composts dead matter into rich humus in which seeds can germinate and plants can grow. Children love them too – especially for their wriggliness!

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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.

Bella makes a magical moth trap, spies a butterfly laying an egg and shows her friends how to hop like a grasshopper! Follow Bella as she shares her love of bugs – discover how many bugs might be lurking in a pond, see how awesome ants are, and be amazed by mighty stag beetles.

With an engaging and lively narrative from Jess French and fun, and warm illustrations from Duncan Beedie this book will help ignite a love and appreciation for nature, right on our doorsteps.

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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!

Non-fiction

This beautifully illustrated title explores the wonderful world of 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 beautifully 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.

Accessible, fact-filled text combined with cute, beautiful artwork results in a stunning non-fiction picture book.

Ideal for allowing children to learn more about minibeasts, but also for introducing them to habitats and understanding other living creatures.

Poetry

Come into the garden for lots of rhyming minibeast fun in this colourful read-aloud picture book!

Little ones will love joining in with all the noisy sound words and looking at the colourful pictures, as they discover all sorts of minibeasts. From slithery snails and buzzing bees, to wriggly worms and munching caterpillars!
Each page introduces a different animal, with a short read-aloud rhyme.

Non-fiction

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.

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