Eight Great Books About Insects To Support Nature-Based Learning

8 Great Books About Insects to Support Nature-Based Learning

There are more than 200 million insects for every human being on the planet, so it's no wonder that insects seem to be everywhere on our outdoor adventures at this time of year. These eight great books pair nicely with the Wonderkin Insect Box and provide the perfect jumping off point for hours of insect study and outdoor exploration! 


1. Insect Detective by Steve Voake

Insects may be everywhere, but that doesn't mean they're always easy to find! Many insects are masters of disguise, and others choose to live in places you might not think to look.  This book, featured in the Wonderkin Insect Box, is sure to inspire your little one to do some insect detective work of their own! 

For more on the story behind this book, check out our Q&A with author Steve Voake!

2. Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell

This excellent informative text offers a detailed overview of the key characteristics of an insect, while comparing and contrasting them with other arthropods like crustaceans and arachnids. 


3. A Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston

This book offers an incredibly rich overview of the incredible world of beetles. The illustrations are truly stunning, and even adults will find much to learn from the detailed notes included as supplements on each page. 

And while you're at it, don't miss our Q&A with author Dianna Hutts Aston


4. Those Amazing Ants by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Everything about ants is fascinating, from their complex community structures to their incredible strength. This informative book details everyday life in an anthill and is full of interesting facts!


5. Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Wash

This sweet, simple story shows how insects use camoflauge to protect themselves and is a perfect read aloud for your littlest explorers. 


6. The Bumblebee Queen by April Pulley Sayre

This lovely story follows the life cycle of a bumblebee through a full year. Additional factual information is included in small text throughout the book, as well as in an appendix at the end. 


7. Starting Life: Butterfly by Claire Llewellyn 

This book is jam-packed with information about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly, accompanied by beautiful, deatailed color photographs. 


8. The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

This book offers an in-depth look at the world of honey bees, from how they build their hives to the various jobs they take on in their colonies. 


Keep the learning going with the Wonderkin Insect Box, available in our online shop.