Book Babies: Bugs!

Bugs, bugs, bugs! Your child can start to experience the world through books, and bugs are a great start since they have so many colors and jobs. Try some of the book or activities below to introduce your child to the wonderful world of bugs.

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play


You don’t actually need to read books aloud to your children in order for them to benefit. Simply looking at and talking about the illustrations in books helps children develop appreciation for the visual arts. Talk about the colors – not only the names of the colors, but whether they are bright or pastel, clear or blurry.

- Lambert


Read a book with colorful illustrations of bugs- it’s best if there is only one bugs per page. Then sing with your child, “Where is ________?” to the melody of “Where is Thumpkin?”

Books Presented

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls

A charming introduction to ten beautiful little bugs, featuring high-contrast black-and-white patterns and a glittering burst of color on every page.

Buzz, Buzz, Baby! by Karen Katz

Young readers are invited to lift flaps to reveal such insects as ladybugs, caterpillars, ants, and bees.

Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson

A colorful popup book about bugs.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Here’s a Little Pumpkin

Here’s a little pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby gently)
Roll it left (sway to left)
And roll it right (sway to the other side)
ANd bounce it down the line (bounce down legs)

*Here’s a medium pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby slightly bigger)
*Here’s a great big pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby BIG)



Put Your Shoes on Lucy

Put your shoes on Lucy
Don’t you know you’re in the city
Put your shoes on Lucy
It really is a pity
that Lucy can’t barefoot wherever she goes
Because she loves the feel the wiggle of her toes.


I’m a Little Wiggleworm

(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little wiggleworm, watch me go
I wiggle, wiggle fast (wiggle fast)
and very, very slow (wiggle slow)
I wiggle, wiggle all around, then I go (turn around)
back underground to the home I know (squat and touch the ground)


Open and Shut Them

Open and shut them, open and shut them.
Open and shut them, then give a little clap.
Open and shut them, open and shut them.
Open and shut them and place them in your lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin!
Open up your little mouth… Buuuuuuuuuuut…
Do not let them in!


Additional Books

Bugs by Dawn Sirett

Invites young readers to move their fingers along trails on each page of the book to discover facts about four different insects.

Bugs Galore by Peter Stein

Bugs of all shapes, colors, and sizes–including bed bugs, cute bugs, live bugs, and dead bugs–are presented in illustrations and rhyme.


Caterpillar Looks For a Shoe by Storyweaver

Scroll and read this Storyberries ebook with your child! Poor Caterpillar has lost her shoe, and can’t find one that fits!

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