Books about mud, bugs and growing plants for 0-5

Lift and Look Bugs

Young children love splashing in muddy puddles and discovering minibeasts. This selection of books explores the fascinating world of soil, plants and bug life.

  • Mad About Minibeasts!

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Mad About Minibeasts!

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    These simple, cheerful and humorous rhymes about all the familiar insects you might encounter in your garden are great fun to read…

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  • Build a… Butterfly

    Author: Kiki Ljung and the Natural History Museum

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Build a… Butterfly

    Author: Kiki Ljung and the Natural History Museum

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    This sturdy board book with bold, colourful illustrations guides the reader through the life cycle of a butterfly, slotting togeth…

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  • The Very Busy Spider

    Author: Eric Carle

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Very Busy Spider

    Author: Eric Carle

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 7+

    One morning in a farmyard a spider begins to spin a web. All the animals try to persuade her to stop but she doesn't answer any of…

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  • Puddling!

    Author: Emma Perry Illustrator: Claire Alexander

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  • Puddling!

    Author: Emma Perry Illustrator: Claire Alexander

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    This delightful celebration of splashing in puddles is a joyous book, full of community, friendship and the pleasure of being outd…

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  • Puddle Pug

    Author: Kim Norman Illustrator: Keika Yamaguchi

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Puddle Pug

    Author: Kim Norman Illustrator: Keika Yamaguchi

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

    This is a warm and playful tale of friendship and fun, with delightful illustrations, sure to give young readers a giggle!

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  • I Like the Rain

    Author: Sarah Nelson Illustrator: Rachel Oldfield

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • I Like the Rain

    Author: Sarah Nelson Illustrator: Rachel Oldfield

    Interest level: 2-4

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    This book conjures up everything that is fun about rain: splashing in puddles, dancing with umbrellas, as well as staying cosy and…

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  • A Good Place

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 3+

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  • A Good Place

    Author: Lucy Cousins

    Interest level: 5-7

    Reading age: 3+

    Four friends including a ladybird, a bee, a beetle and a dragonfly search for a new home and finally find the perfect place in a l…

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are al…

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  • Lift and Look Bugs

    Author: Tracy Cottingham

    Interest level: 0-3

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  • Lift and Look Bugs

    Author: Tracy Cottingham

    Interest level: 0-3

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    Published in partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, this board book for young readers explores some of the places we…

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  • Beastly Bugs

    Author: Sarah Snashall

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Beastly Bugs

    Author: Sarah Snashall

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    A fun little book about mini beasts with lots of somewhat gruesome looking photographs...

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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • The Weaver

    Author: Qian Shi

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Stanley the spider is an imaginative creature who loves collecting things to incorporate into his beautifully woven web. This stun…

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Busy Grow

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Diana Bedoya

    Interest level: 2-3

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    A little girl and a little boy plant seeds in the earth and water them. Over time, the plants grow and start to produce flowers, a…

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