Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Travel Through the Alphabet with The Alphabet of Bugs #Review + #Giveaway

Thank you to Sky Horse Publishing for providing me with The Alphabet of Bugs in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

Travel through the alphabet with The Alphabet of Bugs to learn about the many beautiful and unusually named bugs found in nature—and brush up on those ABC's as well!

The Alphabet of Bugs is the perfect gift for both those learning the alphabet and insect lovers. Even those normally squeamish around bugs will enjoy the colorful photographs of these unique and beautiful creatures. Children who already know their basic bugs will broaden their horizons to the more unique and rare, and parents who are tired of simple butterflies and beetles will find this book worth rereading. Spectacular real-life photographs of insects of all kinds will inspire both children and parents to learn more about the different creatures found in the natural world. This book is meant for readers ages 3–5 (grades preschool–kindergarten).

Valerie Gates
Valerie Gates

Author Valerie Gates is an Emmy award-winning Art Director, Graphic Designer and Photographer. Her work can be seen at

She teamed up with her friend, Ann Cutting to create The Other Colors and The Alphabet of Bugs. Valerie's favorite bug in the book is the Katydid because it looks like a ballet dancer. She lives with her husband and children in fairly bug-free, colorful Wellesley, Massachusetts.

We received our own copy of The Alphabet of Bugs, and couldn't wait to check it out!

B finds bugs pretty fascinating. At times, he isn't sure whether to be totally amazed by them, or sort of freaked out. We have often discussed the different types of bugs over morning snack, juice and coffee (after you become a parent, there aren't many things that gross you out anymore). We enjoy looking at photographs of different insects, pointing of differences and similarities. B always tends to be drawn to the sinister-looking bugs, and I love the ones that are colorful and have beautiful details.

We knew nothing about the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper before reading this book!

The beautiful artwork captures the true beauty of each and every bug featured in The Alphabet of Bugs.

The Velvet Ant... so velvety!

B can't get enough of this gorgeous book!

I loved bugs when I was a kid, and have fond memories of looking for katydid shells on trees in the woods with my mom and sister. I have tried to instill that same wonder, appreciation and respect for these magnificent creatures in my own son. The Alphabet of Bugs gives us an up close and personal view of many bugs we wouldn't dare get too close to in real life. Not only are we able to view and appreciate their true beauty, we're able to work on letter and word recognition in a fun, new way. The repetitive consonants and vowels are helping B expand his vocabulary, and helps him with reading comprehension, as well. It's never too early to introduce your children 'bigger' words, or to encourage proper grammar and speech.

The Alphabet of Bugs has already become a family favorite, and is one that we have read many times, as we track B's summer reading progress. This is such a neat way to review the ABC's your your child(ren), and would make a wonderful addition to your home library, or to your classroom, if you happen to be a teacher!

Want it? Get it!

Look for The Alphabet of Bugs on Amazon, available in hardcover or e-book for Kindle. You can also learn more about Author Valerie Gates, and her other works on Amazon.

Want it? Win it!

One luck reader will win their own hardcover copy of The Alphabet of Bugs by Valerie Gates. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older- one entry per household, please. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win! Please note that this blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please check our policies page for complete contest rules.

Special thanks to Sky Horse Publishing for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway for our readers!

Good luck & keep reading with your kiddos!


  1. My youngest is going into preschool and loves bugs! This is perfect for us to look at together.

  2. My niece is just learning her letters, this would be a wonderful gift for her!

  3. I would give this book to my granddaughter. She would love it.


  4. I would share it at school


  5. I would share with my daughters who are always collecting bugs.

  6. Jerry

    I would share this with my kids

  7. I would love to read this to my grandkids


  8. Jeff

    This would be great for Becky

  9. Beth

    I would give this to my friend

  10. Twila

    We love ladybugs

  11. Beth

    We love all kinds of insects


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