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17 Bug Books for Kids

17 Bug Books for Kids

Spring has sprung, and we are excited to learn more about the bugs in our yard! There are so many fascinating facts about insects, and reading more about them can make learning fun. Our library has lots of great bug books for kids, and here are some of our favorites.

17 Fantastic Insect and Bug Books for Kids

Bug Books for Kids

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Scholastic’s Bug Dictionary by Jill Bailey

Worldwise: Insects and Spiders by Penny Clarke

Do All Bugs Have Wings? by Suzanne Slade

Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell

Usborne’s 1001 Bugs to Spot by Emma Helbrough

DK Eyewitness: Insects by Laurence Mound


Insect and Bug Activities for Kids

Want to learn more about bugs?

Check out our 40 fun learning activities!


Eric Carle Bug Books

Eric Carle is one of our favorite author-illustrators, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children’s book! (Did you know it’s celebrating its 50th birthday?) Mr. Carle has also written a bunch of other books about insects and arachnids:

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Enjoy this sweet video of Mr. Carle talking about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


More Insect Books for Kids

Taking my kids to the library to experience the non-fiction section is one of my favorite things. They get to explore a variety of books all about one topic and discover new authors they might not have tried otherwise. (Anne Rockwell and Gail Gibbons are two of our favorite non-fiction writers, and Lois Ehlert has written and illustrated many terrific children’s books!)

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

The Big Bug Book by Margery Facklam

Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

It’s a Good Thing There Are Insects by Allan Fowler

Do you have favorite bug books for kids? Leave a comment, and let me know!

Family Adventures: Real-World Learning

Family Adventures: Real-World Learning

Are you thinking about a family road trip this summer? Our family believes in real-world learning, and travel is a great way to experience new things and build background knowledge with your kids. Family adventures don’t need to be expensive or complicated, either. Read on for our best budget-friendly tips for traveling with kids.

When you begin taking family adventures, you might want to start small with a day trip or overnight stay. Our kids are great travelers, but it’s taken years to build their stamina. (When they were very young, we would would drive overnight or during their nap time to make things easy on ourselves.)

Do your best to make the trip part of the adventure!

  • Pick out new activity books to do in the car.
  • Leave time in your schedule for short stops when the mood strikes.
  • Try geocaching for even more fun.

Want to read more tips about family adventures?


Budget-Friendly Family Adventures

You’ll be amazed how many free and cheap activities are available for families. Whenever we travel, we search for “things to do in — with kids” and pick two or three things that sound interesting. (Just last month, we found a fascinating airpower museum near the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa.)

In the last few years, we’ve toured the Nebraska Capitol Building, explored Fonferek’s Glen in Wisconsin, and marveled at the Sergeant Floyd Monument in South Dakota–all for free!

We also like to stop by the Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Center whenever we travel to a larger city. The staff usually have great recommendations, maps, and (sometimes) free items like posters or activity books.

Some of our favorite family adventures have happened by happy accident when we’ve followed intriguing road signs like Ship Rock (Wisconsin) and the Jolly Green Giant statue (Minnesota).


Free and cheap family adventures! {travel tips for parents}

Recently, we traveled to Omaha to meet up with some of our family members. Of course, Omaha is famous for the Henry Doorly Zoo, but we wanted to explore the city a bit more. We searched for the best kids’ activities in the area and got quite a few good recommendations!

Every one of these family adventures was FREE!

  • First, we visited the Lewis & Clark Landing near the banks of the Missouri River. We walked out on the Bob Kerrey Bridge and snapped a picture on the state line. We explored the exhibits in the Visitor Center, located within the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office. And then we walked out to find a geocache under a bench by the river’s edge.
  • We traveled out to Kenefick Park to learn more about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and see two Union Pacific locomotives.
  • Finally, we stopped at Gene Leahy Mall to go down the big slides.

Every family adventure needs supplies! See what we keep in our adventure backpack.


Join the Parent Resource Room!Tell me about your favorite family adventures in the comments below!

 

Best Parenting Books for Teaching Kids at Home

Best Parenting Books for Teaching Kids at Home

On a site called Rolling Prairie Readers, you’d probably expect at least one post with recommendations for parenting books! It’s been on my to-do list for years, so let’s get to it: the best parenting books for teaching kids at home.

Note: this list will be updated frequently, so be sure to come back often!

Best Parenting Books for Teaching Kids at Home

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Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

 

MotherStyles by Janet Penley

Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart

The Garden Classroom by Cathy James

What Your **-Grader Needs to Know (series) by E.D. Hirsch

The Power of Play by David Elkind

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie C. Martin

The Intentional Bookshelf by Samantha Munoz

The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families: How to Bring Out the Best in Your KIDS and Your SELF by Hal Elrod + Mike and Lindsay McCarthy 

 

Your **-Year-Old (series) by Louise Ames Bates