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Picture Books About Bees, Bugs, Butterflies & Worms

Bees, butterflies, worms and so many types of bugs are really important to a growing garden and the overall health of our soil and ecosystem. Check out this list of fun picture books about bees, butterflies, worms and other bugs to help kids learn about and develop an appreciation for the little guys that do such important work on our Earth!

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As a kid, bees were not really my friend (and I suspect most of us can relate). Until recently, they’ve had a pretty bad rap. My primary recollections include getting stung at my birthday party and swatting them with my tennis racquet while on the court during practices and matches. If only I knew then what I know now…

These day, I’m teaching boys that bees and other pollinators are really important for our ecosystem and food supply. We planted two pollinator gardens last summer in our yard (and will nurture them again this year) to attract the little creatures that I so vehemently despised before I knew better. 

As with many topics I teach my boys about, books are a great avenue for education (thanks Captain Obvious). If you are in the market for some books to help your kiddos foster an appreciation for bees, butterflies, bugs, and worms, check out these books and learn more about the good work these little guys do for humans and the planet. 

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book

Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book

by Britta Teckentrup

Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow.

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Save The Bees

Save The Bees

by Bethany Stahl

The book tells the story of three friends working together to make Clover’s pollination route easier! It has great illustrations and provides a lesson for kids to consider the importance of bees and pollinators in our ecosystem.

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Bizz Buzz Boss

Bizz Buzz Boss

by Natalie McKinnon

In this story about so many creatures in a garden, one bossy bee thinks she’s in charge. But the other bugs in the garden play a trick on her to help her realize that everyone plays an important role in the garden and she should be nicer to her neighbors.

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Busy Buzzers Bees in Your Backyard

Busy Buzzers Bees in Your Backyard

by Nancy Loewen

This pretty picture book helps children understand the importance of bees in our yards and gardens. In an engaging story with nice illustrations, the author also includes a fun fact about bees on each page. Even I learned a lot.

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The Beeman

The Beeman

by Laurie Krebs

Written as a poem, a little boy shares all about his grandfather, who is known in town as the Beeman, and the things the boy and his grandfather do together to care for the bee hives. Healthy land relies on many components, one of which is a healthy and flourishing bee population. My boys and I really loved this book a lot, and my older son asked to read it many times.

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Follow That Bee: A First Book of Bees In The City

Follow That Bee: A First Book of Bees In The City

by Scot Ritchie

A group of friends offer to help their neighbor, a bee keeper, look after his hive. Throughout their journey, they learn all about honeybees and how important they are for our food supply. They also learn how bee colonies work and some common challenges bee populations currently face that humans can help overcome.

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Worm Weather

Worm Weather

by Jean Taft

Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm.

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A Place for Butterflies

A Place for Butterflies

by Melissa Stewart

This book teaches children all about butterflies: what they eat and where they live, why they are important to the environment, and how they transform from caterpillars into butterflies. I’ve been thinking about creating a little butterfly garden in our yard, so this was a great place to start that adventure.

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Worm Loves Worm

Worm Loves Worm

by J. J. Austrian

Did you know that all worms are hermaphrodites and have reproductive organs for both male and female? This book tells a story of two worms who fall in love and can’t decide who’s the bride or groom. In lots of ways these worms challenge understandings about falling in love and getting married. Although I think this book is written to highlight the gender neutrality of worms, it also struck me as a great discussion starter for gender identity and non-heterosexual marriage.

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Good Trick Walking Stick

Good Trick Walking Stick

by Sheri Mabry Bestor

From eggs buried in an ant colony under the winter snow, to the shedding of exoskeletons, to growing a replacement appendage, the amazing insect introduced in this book will fascinate budding entomologists and nature lovers of all ages.

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The Honeybee

The Honeybee

by Kirsten Hall

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this lovely book with gorgeous illustrations. Written it prose, it’s a fun story about the days of a honeybee dancing from flower to flower.

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There Are Bugs Everywhere

There Are Bugs Everywhere

by Britta Teckentrup

There are bugs everywhere! Some of them live in jungles, some of them underwater, and some certainly live in your house. This fun story with colorful illustrations introducers readers to all the bugs around us and reinforces that they are wonderful and weird.

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Do you have any favorite picture books for kids about bugs, bees and other pollinators? If so, share them in the comments so we can all check them out!

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