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Children's Nonfiction Insects, Spiders, Etc.

Nature All Around: Bugs

by (author) Pamela Hickman

illustrated by Carolyn Gavin

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Insects, Spiders, etc., Butterflies, Moths & Caterpillars, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


Did you know there are twice as many insects in the world as all other animals combined? They're all around us ... if we know where to look! This beautifully illustrated book about bugs introduces young readers to ants, honeybees, dragonflies and more! It covers the basic body parts of different kinds of bugs, their life cycles, their range of unique habitats and even teaches how to tell them apart from common “insect impostors” like spiders. And it takes readers on a year through the lives of bugs, explaining which bugs can be found in each of the four seasons, and where. An interactive beginner's bug-watching guide provides a series of questions to lead readers through the steps of identifying bugs, and lists the tools every bug-watcher needs. This book is the perfect inspiration for new and long-time bug-watchers to get up close with these fascinating tiny creatures!

Pamela Hickman's comprehensive introduction to bugs is sure to encourage the naturalist in every child. The information is strikingly displayed through Carolyn Gavin's whimsical, painterly illustrations. As a part of the Nature All Around series, this book has strong STEAM curriculum applications for grades two to five, covering life science --- particularly the characteristics of living things --- and earth science topics. End matter in this excellent resource includes information about endangered bugs and how readers can help, step-by-step instructions for making an insect feeder, a glossary and an index.

About the authors

PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over forty non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, the Best Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International and the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Sterling Memorial Award. She co-authored the first book in this series, Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.

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CAROLYN GAVIN est peintre, illustratrice et graphiste. Ses illustrations vivantes et colorées reflètent son amour de la nature et des voyages. On les retrouve dans des livres et des magazines et même imprimées sur des tissus. Originaire d’Afrique du Sud, elle habite maintenant à Toronto, en Ontario.


CAROLYN GAVIN is a painter, illustrator and graphic designer whose work has appeared in print, as well as on fabric and housewares. Her vibrant, colourful illustrations are inspired by nature, travel, and exotic colour and pattern. Originally from South Africa, she now makes her home in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

No fly in this ointment.

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... Bugs is a finely balanced work of great quality.

CM Magazine

Nature-loving kids will enjoy reading this on their own or with parents.

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