Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane, 2011
1. The first caterpillar in the story “crawled,” the second one “climbed,” and the third one “wriggled.” Pretend to be each one of those caterpillars. Is there a difference between crawling, climbing and wriggling?
2. Can you think of other ways a caterpillar might move?
3. Let’s count the caterpillars at the book’s end together. What numbers would come next after ten?
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook Press, 2012
1. Compare the colors at the end of the book to the beginning. Have they changed? If so, how and why?
2. What do you think you might hear if you put your ear to the ground in the spring? What else might you hear if you listen closely to outdoor sounds in the spring? How about summer, fall and winter?
3. (Adult) With children, plant seeds indoors in cups. Send home after plants have sprouted.
Insect Detectives by Steve Voake. Illustrated by Charlotte Voake. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010
1. What are some things in nature we can see (any time of year) . . . Let’s choose one to look at more closely . . . Now what do you see?
2. Let’s go outside and find an insect to watch. (spring/summer). . . What you notice it?
3. If you were an insect detective, is there a bug you would want to look for?