Sue Fliess‘s newest picture book, The Bug Book, starts with text that really reflects the best way to teach science to kids:

“Grab a bucket. Check your guide.
Let’s go find some bugs outside!

As you can see from the quote, the text is written in lively rhyming verse. The illustrations are bright, colorful photographs from stock sources. See our full review at our sister blog, Wrapped in Foil.

You can also check out the official trailer:

Insect Poetry Activity:

  1. Download/print some colorful bug photographs.

buckeye-butterfly-dbg-4(Feel free to use images from our Bug of the Week category for this educational project).

2. Encourage children to write their own insect poems inspired by the photographs. Younger children can create descriptive word lists. Acrostic poems (spelling a word with the first letters of each line) can give hesitant poets a comfortable structure to get them stated.


3. Gather the poems into a small book or display them on a wall.


Check out our recent series of insect science lessons for kids.

Insect Science Investigations

See our growing list of children’s poetry books with an insect theme.


Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (February 23, 2016)
ISBN-10: 044848935X
ISBN-13: 978-0448489353

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