Insects have always fascinated children. As I child, I kept a praying mantis as a pet and fed it crickets every week. My sister had an A Bug’s Life themed birthday party, cake and all. My husband collected spiders and kept them in jars in his room. We know children are truly captivated by the world of bugs.

Children’s book authors have also long known that bugs capture kids’ attention. Through clever stories and bright colorful illustrations, kids explore their curiosity with a variety of entertaining, yet informative stories featuring friendly insect protagonists. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite children’s books about Insects and Pests.


1) Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner is an enthusiastic book that is great for your little ones. My favorite addition to this book is the “bug tracker” at the end of the book. After kids find an interesting bug, they can fill in this chart with a drawing and some facts about it like “can it fly?” or “how many legs does it have?”

Bugs Bugs Bugs in Michigan

2) Those Amazing Ants by Patricia Breman Demouth tells a fact-filled narrative of a colony of ants and their everyday life. It answers the question “what happens when that ant goes into its anthill?” This is a great one for the inquisitive and curious child.

Ants in Bloomfield

3) Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin is a creatively told story from the perspective of a little spider and the journal of his life. He goes to school, he spins webs, and he takes flying lessons! Diary of a Spider is a part of the three book series including Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Fly.

Spiders in Novi

4) Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming is colorful children’s book with fun rhyming couplets. The illustrations are from a bug’s perspective showing the reader huge birds and tall plants.


5) Buzz by Eileen Spinelli is a cute story about a bee overcoming an obstacle. The premise is taking from the quote, “Aerodynamically speaking, the bumblebee should not be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.” This book helps encourage children to not give up on something they love because someone else says they can’t do it.

Buzz bee

6) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle was one of my favorite books as a child and I am glad to see it is still popular today. This classic book explores more than just the life of this caterpillar, it also teaches numbers, days of the week, and time. “The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book–and right into your child’s heart…” -Mother’s Manual

Caterpillar Michigan

7) The Best Book of Bugs by Claire Llwellyn is a book for the child truly curious about bugs. It gives details on the habitat and habits of variety of insects. The book includes an index to quickly look up information about the bug of interest.

Pest Control Bugs

8) Insect Soup by Barry Louis Polisar is a collection of short poems about nothing other than bugs! The creative and witty poems are sure to make children giggle. You can even listen to Barry read his poems from the book (with entertaining animated voices) on his website.


9) Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold tells a story of a boy and a fly and the friendship they create. This is a cute little story that is great for early readers.

Fly Guy Pest Control

10) Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe is a classic story about a young boy catching fireflies and then having to eventually set them free. As Michiganders, we are familiar with these dazzling insects and the attractive force they have on children. This book is sure to capture the wonder and excitement we experience from fireflies.