The value of reading shouldn’t be underestimated. Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss said it best in his book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Considering Dr. Seuss’ incredible influence in the world of children’s literature, it’s fitting that his birthday is celebrated with a nationwide day to appreciate reading.
The National Education Association’s annual Read Across America Day is on March 2nd (or the school day closest to March 2). Nationwide an estimated 45 million students, educators, and parents participate in this event each year. The purpose of the day is to honor Dr. Seuss and to get kids excited about reading.
This year, we’re joining the celebration and, of course, putting a buggy spin on it! Here are some fun and interesting children’s books about mosquitoes to check out on Read Across America Day!
Blood Suckers by John DiConsiglio
Recommended for grades 6-8, this book isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s part of a series called “24/7: Science Behind the Scenes” that looks at how historical crimes and mysteries were solved! The Medical Files collection specifically delves into the science and technology behind medical cases. Blood Suckers focuses on how mosquitoes can spread deadly diseases, and details true cases of people who have gotten sick or died from a mosquito bite.
Mosquito by Virginia Kroll
Younger kids (K-3) will enjoy this whimsical and humorous tale of revenge against a pesky mosquito! The story begins with a mosquito annoying all the animals in the forest, and each one tells her what a nuisance she is. Eventually, one forest critter has had enough, and the mosquito gets what was coming to her. The book includes lots of word play, rhyming, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, and it also has a list of mosquito facts at the end.
Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy
For a more scientific take on mosquitoes, check out Mosquito Bite. The book explains the life cycle of a mosquito and how mosquitoes use their senses to find food and survive. There’s also a parallel story about a boy who could be bitten by the mosquito! There are plenty of fascinating close-up photos that give kids a better understanding of these insects. (Suited for Grades 3-5)
This comic book is the second in the Ricky Ricotta Series from the creator of Captain Underpants. The series is about a mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his flying robot friend. In this installment, Ricky and his robot have to defend the earth against an army of Mutant Mosquitoes led by an evil villain named Mr. Mosquito. This fictional, illustrated story is sure to entertain kids in preschool through 3rd grade!
The Mosquito Book: An Entertaining, Fact-filled Look at the Dreaded Pesky Bloodsuckers by Brett Ortler
The title isn’t an understatement – this book is certainly fact-filled. Better for more advanced readers, it includes everything you need to know about mosquitoes, written with the goal of helping you avoid getting bitten! It covers topics like the anatomy of the insect and the science behind mosquito-borne illnesses. It also includes reviews of the most common insect repellents, so you’ll know what product to turn to when you want to fight the bite.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is a West African folk tale, and this retelling is aimed at kids in grades K-2. The story stars a mosquito who offends an iguana with a tall tale. This causes a chain reaction, offending various animals in the community and leading to disaster. The resulting meeting of animals reveals why mosquitoes are doomed to always be pests. The book earned a Caldecott medal in 1976.
And we didn’t want to leave the adults out, so here are two titles for grown ups (or kids at heart)!
Mosquito: The Story of Man’s Deadliest Foe by Andrew Spielman Sc.D and Michael D’Antonio
This book is written by a world-renowned mosquito expert and an award-winning reporter. It covers everything you could want to know about the mosquito, the role it has played in history, and the danger it poses to humanity. The authors look at the world from the mosquito’s point of view, discussing everything from its life cycle to its predators. The book includes unusual facts and interesting anecdotes about mosquito-borne diseases, and demonstrates the importance of understanding more about this little pest.
Mosquito Repellent Plants by Julie Frye
For those looking to take a more practical approach, there’s Mosquito Repellent Plants by Julie Frye, a how-to guide on natural ways to keep mosquitoes away from your backyard! It contains photos, step-by-step planting instructions, design advice, as well as recommendations for plants that will repel mosquitoes and natural remedies to make using those plants. It’s suitable for both experienced and novice gardeners. Of course, if these DIY remedies don’t do the trick, you can always call Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC, and we’ll help you reclaim your yard!