Busy with Bugs by Toni Albert is published by Trickle Creek Books. This book is nothing short of amazing. It contains 160 extremely interesting things to do with bugs- which to you may sounds squeamish- but to a mother of 2 small boys obsessed with bugs and animals- this was amazing. Even if you have girls that aren’t into bugs- keep reading- this is a really great informative book!
This book is just plain solid science. There is nothing squeamish about it. Although this book has fantastic hands-on bug ideas it is a fabulous science reference book for kids to learn more about animals-without even touching them! Busy with Bugs is the winner of a Best Books 2010 Award in the Children’s Educational category and has been praised by entomologists, museum curators, professors, teachers, and other notable occupations.
We received this book in the mail while I was out on the run. So I handed the book to my son to browse through while I was driving, and he was SO enthusiastic about it. “Look mom- there’s a spider! WOW- There’s dragonflies! OOOHH MOM- fireflies!”…..and the list goes on. It was a hit before he even knew what the book was about! My son is the type of boy who catches everything under the sun and turns it into a pet- I knew this book would be a perfect fit!
Busy with Bugs teaches you how to build 7 different bug traps, talk to fireflies, collect a spider web, and raise a whole slew of bugs such as grasshoppers, ladybugs, butterflies, fruit flies, ants, spiders, pill bugs-and more! It gets pretty in depth and explains the anatomy of insects with detailed diagrams. It talks about the classfication of insects such as the Honey Bee. It teaches kids to be observant and ask questions. Learn about how bugs grow, their life cycles, their shapes, camoflauge, their songs, a bug glossary, and so much more! It even has a page where kids can journal about the bugs they have found!
My son just googled over all the bug facts and immediately demanded to go outside looking for bugs. (it was 40* out!) Other than this book being completly and solidly educational, my favorite feature of this book was the “Keeping-Bugs Chart”! During most of the year my 3 year old catches spiders, beetles, wasps (ouch!), ladybugs, pillbugs, lizards, dragonflies, and anything else he finds. The “Keeping-Bugs Chart” tells you what type of food, water, shelter, and other notes needed to keep the different types of insects. Now I can successfully keep a pill bug for my son to enjoy! Believe me- when you have an avid bug hunting child this is a big deal!!
Trickle Creek Books have other really great titles to read that you can browse on their website!