Early Lit Bits: “Bugs by the Numbers” Book Review

Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner & Sarah Forss
Did you know that a dragonfly can catch and eat about 50 mosquitoes in a day, or that mosquitoes can detect human breath from 75 feet away? Bug facts such as these abound in Bugs by the Numbers by Sharon Werner and Sarah Foss. The creators of Alphabeasties have tackled the insect world, bringing a book to share with bug-lovers of all ages. 

Each illustration uses a specific number related to the bug to create incredible shapes, from ants and bees to cockroaches and scorpions. Fascinating facts highlight each page and fun flaps accompany many of the larger bugs. The sturdy pages and cut-outs are perfect for small hands. Even pre-readers will enjoy poring over the amazing bug shapes and interacting with the fold-out pages. 

This unique non-fiction book creates an opportunity for talking about bugs with your child, discussing what you already know about them and discovering new information together. Talking and asking questions are great ways to increase vocabulary and get your child ready to read!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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