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Picture Books for Young Readers

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle Carle, Eric
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
A clumsy young click beetle learns to land on its feet with encouragement from various animals and a wise old beetle. Clicking sounds accompany the story.
Diary of a Fly Cronin, Doreen
Diary of a Fly
A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the dangers of flypaper and the knowledge that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
Oddhopper Opera Cyrus, Kurt
Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses
A collection of poems about the activities of a variety of different bugs which flourish in a garden from early spring to late fall.
Waiting for Wings Ehlert, Lois
Waiting for Wings
With rhyming text and colorful collages, questions about the life cycle of the butterfly are answered.
Beetle Bop Fleming, Denise
Beetle Bop
Colorful, energetic illustrations and rhyming text reveal the great variety of beetles and their swirling, humming, crashing activities.
Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar Jarrett, Clare
Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar
Like all caterpillars, Arabella's has a big appetite-and the ability to change himself into a totally different and very beautiful creature. Arabella Miller finds a caterpillar. She takes him home and feeds him lots and lots of leaves. Soon he hides inside his chrysalis. Arabella misses her friend, but when he emerges he has turned into a beautiful creature.
Madison, Alan
Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly
When Velma starts first grade and wants to become as well known as her older sisters, her interest in butterflies helps her achieve that goal.
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie Sierra, Judy
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie: A Revolting Rhyme
Thelonius Monster goes the through trials and tribulations of making a "sky-high fly pie" for his friends. This book has great vocabulary words that are emphasized in a larger font. The pictures have a simple color scheme with white, black and green.
Gotta Go!  Gotta Go! Swope, Sam
Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
Although she does not know why or how, a small creepy-crawly bug is certain that she must make her way to Mexico.

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