Creep, Crawl, & Fly Books

 

Lizards are scurrying up trees.  Bugs of all kinds are seeking refuge from the scorching sun.  It’s the perfect time of year to learn about these creepy, crawly creatures.  Did you know that there are more insects in the world than any other animal?  Our selections this month include books with many interesting facts, but we also have some fun non-fiction books to explore.

Baby Bird
By Joyce Dunbar
Illustrated by Russell Ayto
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: G; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

An adorable baby bird falls from his nest and, not yet able to fly, stumbles along the ground. He meets several animals as he tries again to fly to get back to his nest. The short sentences have some repetition and large text. The colorful illustrations are humorous and help to show a sequence of events.

The Baby Owls
By Beverley Randell
Illustrated by Elizabeth Russell-Arnot
Reading Seed Level: Emerging; Fountas & Pinnell Level: C; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

While other animals are asleep at night the owls are awake and ready to eat. The mother owl finds a moth for the baby owls to eat, and then they join the other farm animals and go to sleep. Most pages have only one sentence, and there is quite a bit of repetition in this short book. The semi-realistic illustrations help with comprehension.

Beautiful Blackbird
Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas & Pinnell Level: K; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

At one time, Africa was filled with birds of all colors, but only one was black. No other bird had any black markings. At a gathering of all of the birds, Ringdove asked who was the most beautiful, and they all agreed it was Blackbird. All of the birds wanted a hint of black, so Blackbird painted them each with different patterns.

The illustrations are extremely colorful. This book could be fun to read to a lower level reader, but otherwise requires a certain amount of fluency for comprehension.

Bug in a Rug
By Sue Graves
Illustrated by Jan Smith
Reading Seed Level: Emerging; Fountas & Pinnell Level: D; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Baby Bug’s mom gives him a shovel for his birthday, and he has a great time digging and digging. He finds a lot of neat stuff in the dirt like a mug and even a rug! This book focuses on words that end in “ug.” There are multiple ways that the “ug” words are reinforced. They are highlighted within the text; there is a side panel that has all of the “ug” words listed under an illustration, and even an interactive letter wheel to use while reading.

Bug Out! The World’s Creepiest, Crawliest Critters
By Ginjer L. Clarke
Illustrated by Pete Mueller
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas and Pinnell Level: M; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Do you want to know more about bugs? Well, this book breaks it down in a really captivating way. The chapter headings are: Bugs that Hurt, Bugs that Help, Bugs that Hunt, and Bugs that Hide.

Kept in our Early section in the Reading Seed Lending Library this book is perfect for students who are ready for a short paragraph on each page with some fun illustrations of crazy bugs!

Bugs A to Z
By Caroline Lawton
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas and Pinnell Level: K; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Bugs A to Z is an ABC book filled with the most interesting tidbits of information on bugs. Located in the Reading Seed Lending Library’s Early section each letter represents a bug, for example: V is for Velvet mite: velvet mites are known for their bright red color. Their bodies are covered in tiny hairs.

With scads of amazing photographs of bugs this informational text is a winner for any nature lover!

Bugs for Breakfast
By Annette Smith
Illustrated by Lisa Simmons
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: F; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

One morning two ducklings awake and follow their mother to the water to look for breakfast. As the mother duck looks for food, the ducklings think about what they can and can’t eat for breakfast.

The predictable layout with text on one page and a realistic illustration on the other are features that help struggling readers. This is a short book with a lot of the same words used multiple times to help readers work on fluency. Natural comprehension and extension questions about what your student eats for breakfast can follow this story.

Bugs for Lunch
By Margery Facklam
Illustrated by Sylvia Long
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: E; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Did you know that there are more insects in the world than any other kind of animal? I didn’t! Many animals from birds, to spiders, to toads, and even people eat bugs.

This non-fiction book has a lot of great features to engage students. The text is large, and there is only one sentence (or even a partial sentence) per page. Rhyming and detailed illustrations can help readers decode unknown words. Be sure to look at the last three pages of the book that give more interesting facts about the different animals that eat bugs.

DK Look Closer: Birds, a close-up look at our feathered friends
By Sue Malyan
Reading Seed Level: Early; Fountas and Pinnell Level: J; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were a bird?
Well look no further; located in our Early section in the Reading Seed Lending Library this book gives the reader a chance to investigate things from a bird’s eye view!

With nine chapters at two pages per chapter this informational text gets students used to the idea of reading a nonfiction chapter book without the intimidation of being a thick book with no pictures. It has some really good photographs and easy, digestible facts. A good fit for any young bird watchers out there!

Snappy Little Bugs
By Claire Nielson and Dug Steer
Illustrated by Derek Matthews
Reading Seed Level: Beginning; Fountas & Pinnell Level: H; Interest Level: K-3rd grade

Bugs are so unique. They all move in different ways. This colorful pop-up book shows how butterflies flutter and how worms wriggle. There is one sentence per page and rhyming to help students decode unknown words.