Monday, June 16, 2008

CATCH THE READING BUG WEBLIOGRAPHY (from Rhonda Puntney's CEO Newsletter through April 2008)

Websites are loosely categorized by activities and games, bugs in books, crafts, fingerplays and songs, food and recipes, general education, and miscellaneous.


  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider Game
    You will need to create a water spout for your Itsy Bitsy Spider out of plastic tubing and a PVC joint, small plastic spiders, water, plastic cups for pouring water down tube.

    How to play:
    • sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider
    • put spiders into tube
    • add water to "wash the spider out" (from the Makinglearningfun discussion group)

  • Who Will Be The Next Etymologist?
    Games are ubiquitous. Turn on TV and you will see people earnestly being apprentices, trying to survive in the boardroom, racing in amazing ways, and dancing their star-studded feet off. In this all-new game by Summer Reading Game Guru Pam Carlson, our young library patrons will complete a series of educational bug-related tasks to find out "Who Will Be the Next Etymologist."

    It's easy and fun and everything you need to know is here including the ever-so-high-fashion iron-on t-shirt artwork and a predictably popular PowerPoint Presentation. So download the data and then detail duties to the diligent that are to join you in the "bug room." (From Stephanie Stokes at

Other bug games you can buy: Ant in the Pants, Cootie, Bug-opoly, Bug Bingo, much more. I just did a quick search on


Here are several links to online games featuring bugs:


Insects (and Other Arthropods) in Literature

Humanity has been reflecting on insects for a very long time. In the Cave of Spiders near Valencia, Spain, there is a 6000-year-old petroglyph that depicts the gathering of wild honey. The Chauvet Cave paintings of southern France are, at 30,000 years of age, the oldest works of art known to us. Amidst the riot of horses, lions and rhinos on the cave walls are apparent images of butterflies and centipedes. Likewise, the oral and written traditions of many peoples include stories that feature insects or other arthropods. Throughout time, these animals have been used by writers and storytellers to flesh out a wide array of thoughts and emotions, as the selection here illustrates. Some of these pieces deal directly with insects; in other cases, the imagery is a step or two removed.

Favorite Bug and Insect Characters in Children’s Literature (in no particular order)

  • Charlotte
  • Miss Spider (and all variations thereof)
  • Stellaluna
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Giggle Bugs (or any of the David A. Carter bugs)
  • Maybelle the Cockroach
  • Big Bad Bully Bug
  • Fly (from Diary of a Fly)
  • Spider (from Diary of a Spider)
  • Bow-Wow’s Bug
  • Harry the Poisonous Centipede
  • Manuelo the Praying Mantis
  • Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective
  • Hector
  • Inspector Hopper
  • Crickwing
  • The Little Squeegy Bug
  • The Grouchy Ladybug
  • The Very Busy Spider
  • Anansi


Bug Crochet Patterns

Get the teen stitching groups involved in the action and have them work up these goodies for you.

Dragonfly Pin

Honey Bee

Mosquito Finger Puppet



Bug Fridgies

Insect Repellent

Bug Origami

A sampling of folded paper insects you can create.

Paperfolding: Insects

Features insects from the Origami Insects book by Robert Lang. Order the book from Amazon here or try your favorite vendor.

Insect Origami Folding Diagrams

Origami Cicada

An Easy Origami Ladybug

Origami Butterfly

Decorate your library with these cute butterflies!


Songs and Fingerplays about Bugs


The Family Fun website has included several delicious recipes to make all kinds of bug-related treats!

The Very Tasty Caterpillar

L is for Ladybug Cake

Bug Mountain Cake

Web Crawlers

Flutter Delight Cupcakes

Lovely Ladybug Candy

Bug Snacks

If the kids attending your programs next summer aren’t into chocolate covered ants, try one of these snacks instead!

Iowa State’s Tasty Insect Recipes

Even featured on Leno one year…… uses real insects

Bug Food I: Insect Themed Food

For the less adventurous – this only looks like bugs. For those of you who are willing to give insects a try, go to:


Bug Bios

“Shameless promotion of insect appreciation.” This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures. Includes photography, a digest of previous articles, links, educational resources and much more.

Fun Insect Websites

From the University of Wisconsin Entomology Department.

Koday’s Kids Amazing Insects

Great resource for photos and information for kids. Includes a webliography of other recommended sites for kids.

Butterfly Website

The complete website for butterfly lovers, gardeners, teachers, students, and farmers. You’ll find butterfly clip art, inspirational stories, butterfly gardening tips, and more.

Digital Dragonflies

An online collection of dragonflies of all types. Shows specimens at high resolution, and includes a link to the online Dragonfly Museum. Includes information on the hardware and software used to scan photos of the dragonflies and descriptive lists of specimens.

Iowa State Index of Entomological Resources

Directory and search engine of insect-related information on the internet. Searchable by content type, taxonomic group, entomological subdiscipline.

The Virtual Insectary

The Virtual Insectary not only provides images of some common insects, but includes information on the foods which they eat as well as the habitats where they can be found. Excellent photographs and close ups of insects.

Bugs in 2D and 3D

This is an informational web site for a film on bugs produced by Terminix. You can down load the movie trailer, learn more about the insects featured in the film, and click on stills from the film.

Young Entomologists Society

Organization kids can join to share their interest in bugs with other kids.

Insects for Kids

A very good (and recently updated) webliography of insect sites that will interest kids.

E.O. Wilson may be the best-known academic working on the biology of ants, though it is likely that most myrmecologists will find this site rather helpful and interesting. The site and its database are maintained by staff members at the American Museum of Natural History and the Ohio State University. As their website proclaims, they are moving "Towards the 12,000 species!", and visitors can search the database by taxon or author, and visitors can also avail themselves of the help feature. The site also includes a very helpful collection of ant-related websites, along with links to related blogs. For casual visitors, the site also provides an answer to the question "How many ants are there?" and actual lists of the ants of the world. (Scout Report, 8/10/07)

Non-insect bugs:

All About Arthropods

Spiders, Ticks, and Centipedes


Non-Insect Arthropod Orders

Introduction to the Arthropoda

What’s That Bug?

I love it – when they redesigned their website they wrote that they are undergoing a “metamorphosis”! Great play on both of the CSLP themes. Great site with a lot of photos, information and commentary from the WTB folks and reader submissions.

A Grand Look at Grasshoppers

From Canadian Geographic Magazine’s website. Includes sections called: Friend or Foe?, Pest Detective, It’s a Bug’s Life, Grasshopper Anatomy, Literary Hoppers, and more.

Keeping Insects as Pets

This short fact sheet on pet insects discusses containers, water and food, maintenance, and examples of insects (crickets and stick and spiny leaf insects) that can be kept as pets. From the Australian Museum. (from the Librarians Index to the Internet)

Buginfo: Insects as Pets

Brief descriptions of some insects that would be suitable as pets, including field crickets, praying mantids, ant-lions (also known as doodlebugs), caterpillars, and mealworms. From the Department of Systematic Biology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.



Take a look at the buggiest Libraryland Site on the Web -- LibraryPalooza -- and catch

fonts and flies, books and bugs, stencils to crawl your wall, a six--legged mascot and his ANTics, a fly--munching frog (big and green) and FREE bug things that are really keen.

There are t-shirt iron-ons and puppets for your fingers, a 38 page bug strange--but--true factoid display kit and instructions with photos, songs to sing and songs to play, and a Bug Fest! Extravaganza -- we'll show you the way.

You can get the official kids and teens fonts for use in your printed materials and even more fonts, dingbats, and fun banners than there are ants at a picnic.

It's all there for the taking as you read this, and more buzz is being added as each new idea hatches at (thanks to Stephanie Stokes for this!)

The Ugly Bug Band

Website for an indie Canadian band described as a combination of big band and ska. The MP3 links on the their home page wouldn’t download for me, but a quick look at Myspace found them at and you can hear their tunes there. Fun stuff.

Milwaukee Public Museum’s Puelicher Butterfly Wing

Description of one of the best exhibits at the MPM.

British Columbia’s Summer Reading Club

Website for the province of BC’s summer reading program in 2007, which used the “Catch the Reading Bug” theme.

Insects in Art

Brief historical perspective on the portrayal of insects in ancient art.

From a teacher resource page at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts website.

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