Some Bugs

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Makes looking at bugs look exciting, gets kids outdoors.

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Educational Value

Shows kids a lot of different bugs and how they're different from one another and urges kids to "KNEEL down close,/ LOOK very hard,/ and find/ SOME BUGS/ in your backyard!" A spread at the back identifies each one pictures in the rhyming text. The insect observation looks so fun and exciting, it could nurture an interest in science and inspire kids to go on their own bug hunts.

Positive Messages

Bugs are a part of nature. Different bugs have different distinctive qualities. Looking at bugs is fun and interesting. Get outside and look for bugs in your own backyard. Doing things outdoors is fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The one kid in Some Bugs is curious (pictured looking  at bugs through a magnifying glass) and joyful (holding a net and exuberantly chasing after a butterfly).

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Some Bugs is a colorful, rhyming picture book that in very simple text describes a bunch of different insects in terms of they what they do -- flutter, glide, click, buzz, build, hunt, etc. It makes bug life look exciting and bug hunting/observing look fun. It also urges kids to get outside, "KNEEL down close,/ LOOK very hard,/ and find/ SOME BUGS/ in your backyard!" A spread at the back identifies each insect pictured in the book, including a katydid, monarch butterfly, mosquito, boll weevil, bumble bee, stink bug, and praying mantis. Some Bugs is a great choice for Earth Day or any day.

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What's the story?

SOME BUGS shows all kinds of insects and points out their different characteristics in simple rhyming verse. "Some bugs STING./ Some bugs BITE./ Some bugs STINK./ And some bugs FIGHT!" Scale is provided by placing the insects in settings with plants, logs, a picnic basket, or flower pot, where they're observed by larger creatures: a cat, raccoon, bird, mole, and little kid.

Is it any good?

Some Bugs does a fantastic job of introducing kids to the world of insects. By focusing on what a bug does -- flutter, crawl, roll up in a ball, hop, glide, swim, hide, etc. -- the book gets kids interested in the actions they can observe, rather than focusing on the insects' names. Yet each insect is identified on a busy two-page spread at the back.

The colorful mixed-media spreads (in some ways reminiscent of the more spare Eric Carle books) draw readers in and should inspire kids to get outside and look for bugs in their own backyard, neighborhood, or park. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bugs. Do you like bugs or think they're creepy-crawly? 

  • What are your favorite insects? Are any of your favorites pictured in Some Bugs? What's your favorite picture in the book? Why?


  • Go outside and get down low to observe some bugs. Ask a grown-up for permission -- and maybe for help on your bug hunt. You don't need a magnifying glass to see most bugs, but you might want to bring one along to see them better.. 

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