Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Reading: bug books (and more) for kids

 This is the time of mayfly hatches, cricket symphonies, swallowtails and bumble bees. Also a great time to explore bug books in the collection. Here are a few:

Creepy crawlies : tiny creatures, amazing powers
by Richard and Louise Spilsbury.
There are some amazing creatures in these pages. The book is just bursting with fascinating facts and bold photographs - some larger than life-size! It's a wonderful guidebook to the miniature world of  insects and arachnids and features close-ups, cutaways, and informative captions.
Bug off! : creepy, crawly poems
by Jane Yolen
 Meet thirteen bugs in playful, humorous poems and wonderful photographs. Things you will learn about: how bees make honey; that many butterflies can taste food with their feet; that some bugs can fly higher than the Empire State Building. You may already know some of these bugs - a fly, praying mantis, honeybee, butterfly, daddy longlegs, dragonfly, grasshopper, ants ... but the poems, photographs, and nonfiction passages present them in a new way. Back matter includes an author’s note that encourages readers to write their own bug poems.  

The ant's nest : a huge, underground city
by Miriam Aronin.
Ants create huge underground nests - a complex system of tunnels and chambers that may be home to as many as 500,000 ants. The insects are highly organized and surprisingly strong when they all work together. They cooperate in tasks like building and protecting the colony, gathering food, and caring for the colony's young. This book includes great photos and a habitat map.   

Insect detective
by Steve Voake
Right now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it’s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures: you have to know where to look. Guided by this book, readers will happily become insect detectives and find out just what those bugs are up to.

 Beyond Books: Candor Free library offers more ways to investigate  nature. Check out the Museum Pass - a family pass to the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca.  The museum pass is also good for a trip to the Cayuga Nature Center where you can explore exhibits, citizen science centers, and butterfly garden.

There are also backpacks - perfect for 4 - 6 year-olds - and one focuses on bugs and birds. Older kids can check out a Science explore bag with a magnifying lens. The library also has cameras available for loan - perfect for snapping photos of the creepy (and not-so-creepy) crawlies you discover.