Hi everyone. It’s time for another pram jam post with yours truly. The month of June is upon us and apart from thinking “Oh-My-God, half the year has already disappeared!” we are also thinking “Hurray! Time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar

But we don’t want our furry little green friend hogging all the spotlight (he already got through all the cake, ice cream, pickle, cheese, salami, pie … and so on) so our theme for today is going to be for all the creepers and crawlers out there in natureland: it’s a bug’s life. (Please also don’t point out the fact that a caterpillar is the larval stage of a butterfly, which is an insect – I know, okay?! Let’s not get too technical and split too many hairs – I haven’t got enough left for that).

Let’s start with two titles from that popular Eric fellow …

The very hungry caterpillar
by Eric Carle

A very hungry caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of foods, becomes very large, and spins a cocoon from which he emerges transformed.

Book cover for The very hungry caterpillar

Hugs & kisses for the grouchy ladybug
by Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug feels less grouchy once her friends show her how nice love can be.

Book cover for Hugs & kisses for the grouchy ladybug

While it’s quite easy to encourage a love and fascination with nature on the large scale – the trees, plants and flowers – it’s just as important to understand the teeny tiny things that live in that space and make it all possible. Let’s have a look at some other vibrant and colourful titles that may inspire some backyard adventuring and discovery.

Book cover for I love bugs!
Book cover for  Hello bugs : what do you do?
Book cover for  When the bees buzzed off!
Book cover for Mrs. Peanuckle's bug alphabet

And to finish, a couple of rhymes that go perfectly with our theme …

The Caterpillar

One little caterpillar crawled on my shoe
(wriggle finger like a worm on one shoe)

Along came another and then there were two
(show two fingers)

Two little caterpillars crawled on my knee
(wriggle two caterpillars on one knee)

Along came another and then there were three
(show three fingers)

Three little caterpillars crawled on the floor
(walk three fingers along the floor)

Along came another and then there were four
(show four fingers)

Four little caterpillars all crawled away
(walk four fingers behind back)

They will all turn into butterflies one fine day!
(join your hands together like a butterfly and fly away)

Incy Wincy spider

Incy Wincy spider
climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain
and washed poor Incy out
Out came the sunshine
and dried up all the rain
And Incy Wincy spider
climbed up the spout again.

Bonus 2nd verse I’ve never heard – with plenty of tickling actions! Thank you, interwebs!
(pun intended)

Incy Wincy spider
climbed up on my chair
He climbed up my arm 
and then hid in my hair
He tickled my leg 
and tickled my toes
Then Incy Wincy spider
sat on my nose!