My kids have been very into looking for bugs lately. So, we have been turning over rocks, stepping stones, big logs, flower pots and pretty much everything else that they think might have a bug underneath it.
To go along with all of our bug hunting I checked out a few bug books.
Bug Dictionary; An A to Z of Insects and Creepy Crawlies is a bit advanced for preschool age but has neat pictures and includes insects from lots of places so it would work in many areas of the country. The book includes great illustrations and good size comparisons of the insects. For a slightly older child creating your own alphabetic list of insects that you find in your own backyard or neighborhood would be a great activity to go along with this book! You could keep the list on a big chart that is visible to them, let them add insects all throughout a whole season or even draw pictures on the list!
Insect Detective by Steve Voake is a great way to present insect information to little kids. Some of the information is a little advanced for preschoolers but the story is written in a way that still holds their attention. Like many books that I really enjoy this one has additional information on certain pages, in smaller text, that could be read just to older children that want more information. Illustrations are adorable!
So turn over a rock and then get to reading! For even more bug books check out the list here.