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Creepy Crawly Stories

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

A fabulous favourite, which can be told again and again. Great for finding out about the life cycle of butterflies and lots of maths opportunities. 

You can watch an animated version here


Minibeasts: Ladybird First Fabulous Facts

Jaclyn Crupi & Ladybird

This is a brilliant first non-fiction text aimed at 3-5 year olds. It will introduce young children to the conventions of information texts, such as contents, headings and captions, in a fun and easily accessible way. 


Aaaarrgghh, Spider!

Lydia Monks

Little Spider has a lot to prove when she wants to be the family pet. Can she convince a family who is scared of spiders to keep her? This brightly illustrated picture book is an uplifting story about acceptance and belonging.



Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This fast-paced story by the well-loved children's author Julia Donaldson follows the story of the unlikely hero Superworm as he is put under a spell by the Wizard Lizard. The rhyming narrative and bright, detailed illustrations make for a popular and enjoyable story time.


Twist and Hop, The Minibeast bop

Tony Mitton

Minibeasts in all their glory gather in this brand-new book from the creators of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus. Join in with beetles and ladybirds, ants and bees and bugs galore as they dance the night away! But who is missing from the fun . . . will poor slow snail arrive in time? Bug-fans everywhere will enjoy this insect romp.


I Love Bugs

Emma Dodd

Come on a creepy-crawly bug safari through one little boy's garden . . . with a brilliant surprise at the end. Perfect for bug-lovers and budding scientists everywhere!


Snail Trail

Ruth Brown

The pages of this picture book contain short, simple text on beautifully detailed illustrations. Follow the journey of the snail as he goes over hills, through tunnels, past slippery things and finally out into a delightful surprise at the end. A good book for encouraging positional language.


The Bee Book

Charlotte Milner

Learn all about bees with this brightly coloured and highly appealing non-fiction picture book. Topics include where honey comes from, how hives work, why we need pollination and how to help save more bees.



Matt Carr

This entertaining story, which is created in Matt Carr’s signature comic-book style with a palette of bold primary colours, follows Spyder, a secret agent arachnid whose codename is 008. Spyder is sent on a highly important mission to save one boy’s birthday cake from the destructive intentions of an uninvited Bluebottle. The story is full of puns, cool gadgets and extra information like a spider webpage at the end. 


Yucky Worms

Vivian French & Jessica Ahlberg

Worms might seem yucky at first, but there's more to these wiggly fellows than meets the eye! Presented in a style to be interesting and accessible to young children, this is a lovely non-fiction text to support a minibeasts topic in EYFS and KS1.


Firefly Home

Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

Florence Firefly is lost and despite her ability to light up the night in the most beautiful of ways, she needs help to find her way home. This is an interactive story where readers are encouraged to join in different actions to help Florence on her journey past different bright lights to her house, including clapping and tracing patterns on the pages. 



Mad About Minibeasts!

Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

A brightly-illustrated collection of uplifting rhymes about all sorts of minibeasts. These rhymes are ideal for reading aloud and learning by heart! 





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