Recommended Reads - Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

Learn all about bugs and what role they play in our world.

Insect Superpowers: 18 real bugs that smash, zap, hypnotize, sting, and devour!

by: Messner, Kate

A book of insects, with a focus on their 'super powers'--their extraordinary and very real abilities--and an art/design style that evokes comic-book-hero-and-villain awesomeness. The book will include profiles of the animals and their powers, mixed with spreads that compare, contrast, and pit the insects against each other in a kind of 'who would win??' action format. Head-to-head combat! Astounding weapons and abilities! Awesomeness!

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Bug Wars

by: Parker, Steve

See insects and spiders profiled in fearsome illustrations, locked in awesome combat. Marvel at their amazing alien-like features, witness them pitted against one another and discover who will win the battle!

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You can be an Entomologist!

by: Martins, Dino J.

There are more than one million different kinds of insects in the world ... and curious young minds seem to have just as many questions about them! This book is set up in a child-friendly, question-and-answer format, and has many wonderful images, too. Children will learn how real scientists observe insects, capture them to study up close, and release them back into the wild.

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Bugs in Danger: our vanishing bees, butterflies, and beetles

by: Kurlansky, Mark.

Bees are disappearing--but they are not the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This book explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects and shows just how much bugs matter to our world.

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Bugged: how insects changed history

by: Albee, Sarah.

Chronicles the rivalry between the human and insect worlds that draws on myriad disciplines to explain the varying roles that bugs have played in building and toppling empires as well as the bug stories behind infamous disasters.

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Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs

by: Hanson, Anders,

Flutter into the world of creepy, crawly bugs! The Biggest, Baddest Book of Bugs will take you on a journey to uncover the most dangerous and fascinating insects, spiders, centipedes, and millipedes. Discover amazing bug abilities, strange behaviors, and crazy camouflage. Hang on to your hats! Biggest, Baddest Books for Boys are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Beetle Battles: one scientist's journey of adventure and discovery

by: Emlen, Douglas John,

Doug Emlen is a scientist. He studies beetles.

Specifically, he studies the evolution of beetle weapons--how their horns and armor change to better suit them in different environments.

This book starts with a mystery: Doug wanted to know why a particular type of beetle developed a massive evolutionary weapon. He wanted to know how these changes happened and what advantages these enormous weapons gave the tiny dung beetles.

So, he went to visit.

Part travel diary and part scientific exploration, Beetle Battles takes you deep into the South American rainforest to monitor beetles in their own habitat. Packed with color photographs, extensive back matter, and entertaining anecdotes, this book will make beetle fans out of all its young readers.

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Bug Lab for Kids: family-friendly activities for exploring the amazing world of beetles, butterflies, spiders, and other arthropods

by: Guyton, John W.

Prepare to cozy up with spiders, centipedes, butterflies, and bees, to name just a few! In Bug Lab for Kids, Mississippi State University associate professor, extension entomologist (bug expert), and educator John W. Guyton shares his knowledge and excitement about all things beautiful, creepy, and crawly.

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Little kids first big book of bugs

by: Hughes, Catherine D.

A fact-filled introduction to a variety of jumping, crawling, and creeping insects expands from backyard favorites, including ladybugs and fireflies, to more exotic species from the world's rain forests and deserts.

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Bugs by the numbers: facts and figures for multiple types of bug beasties

by: Werner, Sharon.

Provides readers with facts about bugs and other creepy-crawlers while introducing the concept of numbers and counting.

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