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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Preschoolers

A Talk & Read Activity for Preschoolers

Bug Hunt

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Bug Hunt

Have you ever noticed your child become fascinated by watching a bug? Encourage your child's curiosity and love of nature by looking for bugs in your backyard or at the park. Bring along a magnifying glass if you have one, and a notebook and pencil to record your findings. When you find a bug, examine it, talk about it, and write about it in your notebook. You’ll use a lot of new words when studying bugs – write those down too! Then, go to the library and check out some books about bugs.


Big Bugs, Small Bugs

(To the tune of Frere Jacques)

Big bugs, small bugs,
Big bugs, small bugs,
See them crawl,
On the wall?

Creepy, creepy crawling,
Never, ever falling,
Bugs, bugs, bugs,
Bugs, bugs, bugs.


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Hustle Bustle Bugs
  • Hustle Bustle Bugs by Catherine (Children's story writer) Bailey
  • Insects by the Numbers
  • Insects by the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
  • Bugs: What Do Bees, Ants and Dragonflies Get Up to All Day?
  • Bugs: What Do Bees, Ants and Dragonflies Get Up to All Day? by Jessica Ware


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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