Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Insects

A Guide for Children 

Bilingual Edition: About Insects/Sobre los insectos

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of insects.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple,easy-to-understand language to teach children what insects are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live.  With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the wide variety of insects, from grasshoppers to the Monarch Butterfly. An afterword provides further details on the insects featured and inspires young readers to learn more.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-881-3
Publication Date: 3/1/2000
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-882-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2003
Page Count: 48
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-1-737
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 1.7
Lexile: 330L
GRL: J, Gr 1
Themes: Insect Behavior, Insect Characteristics, Insect Habitats
BISAC 1: JNF003120 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
BISAC 2: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 3: JNF051050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Biology


“In image and text the Sills succeed in conveying a great deal of information at a very basic reading level. Excellent classroom or pleasure reading for science and nature fans and for any beginning readers drawn to nonfiction.” ―Booklist

“A beautiful picture book…” ―Science Books & Films

“This is a captivating book about insects for primary children. The illustrations are very colorful and enjoyable. The content is very accurate and interesting. I do feel it would captivate the interest of primary children. The afterward section adds a lot of additional information for the adult reader to share.” ―ACS Readers Haven


NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.