What We’re Reading – Montessori Friendly Books About Minibeasts

Little Bean, along with most toddlers, is fascinated with all things creepy and crawly. She will spend long periods of time watching them scuttle and slither and we’ve enjoyed having a closer look at them in our bug magnifier. This summer it’s been perfect weather for getting out and looking for bugs and we have had some works and books out to go along with her interest. Here’s a look at what we’ve been reading:


Insect Emporium by Suzie Brooks and Dawn Cooper is a must have for every home! It has the most beautiful illustrations which give a feel for the sheer diversity found in the insect world. Containing some information without being overwhelming, this book is great for all ages. (UK link/US link)


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle isn’t strictly Montessori friendly but it does portray the life cycle of a butterfly beautifully. This book is also a much loved classic and, with it’s fun storyline and engaging illustrations, it’s not hard to see why. (UK link/US link)


Explorers: Insects and Minibeasts by Jinny Johnson is jam packed with information! It covers topics such as life cycles, hunting and defence mechanisms and has loads of lovely photographic imagery. This is a great reference book, I’m looking forward to having a peek at some of the other books in the Explorers series. (UK link/US link)


Part of the Nature Storybooks range, Yucky Worms by Vivian French proves once and for all that worms aren’t yucky! This book presents lots of facts within a charming narrative and has some suggestions at the back for things to look out for and experiments you can do at home. A very interesting and fun read!(UK link/US link)


Are You a Ladybird? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries is another book which presents a lot of facts in a fun and engaging way. Following a ladybird through it’s life cycle, this book has simple text and big, beautiful illustration, the perfect book for a ladybird lover! (UK link)

Peace, Nat


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