Books About Ants

Fill your summer book basket with books about ants! Start with this collection of fiction and nonfiction picture books about ants for preschoolers!

Whether you’re teaching about ants within an insect unit study or you’re studying them after finding some outside, these picture books are sure to engage and entertain your preschool and kindergarten kiddos.

Fill your summer book basket with books about ants! Start with this collection of fiction and nonfiction picture books about ants for preschoolers!

Books About Ants

Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your preschoolers learn more about ants

You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.

Are You an Ant? (Backyard Books)Anthill (Happy Fox Books) One-of-a-Kind Board Book Teaches Kids Ages 2 to 5 about Ants, Exploring More Deeply into an Anthill with Every Turn of the Page; Educational Facts, Vocabulary Words, and MoreThe Life and Times of the Ant


Are You an Ant? Give children who love to track ants an inside look at the everyday life of this fascinating insect, as they explore the similarities and differences to themselves.

Anthill – We see ants almost every day, but have you ever wondered what they do on a daily basis or what it would be like to live inside of an anthill? Now you can find out!

The Life and Times of the Ant – Seed lifters, dirt diggers, social beings, ants have the most advanced brain of all insects! So watch where you step, especially on a warm day: a small but mighty ant may be underfoot.

Hey, Little AntInside an Ant Colony (Rookie Read-About Science)Ants Rule: The Long and Short of It


Hey, Little Ant – What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book.

Inside an Ant Colony – This book takes readers inside the daily workings of an ant colony and shows that even ants must work together to get the job done.

Ants Rule – The ants need to plan the Blowout Bug Jamboree! But how can they build a roller coaster for the festival if they don’t know how many bugs will come, or how big those bugs will be?

The Ant Family - Fun Facts You Need To Know : Third Grade Science SeriesLittle Ant and the Butterfly (Little Ant Books) (Volume 1)Two Bad Ants


The Ant Family: Fun Facts You Need to Know – Why should you learn about the ant family? Well, because of the lessons they teach you about family, teamwork and ecological importance.

Little Ant and the Butterfly – Little Ant thinks that he is the best insect in the world. When he meets the slow caterpillar he is not impressed, and tells her so. But has Little Ant judged her too soon?

Two Bad Ants – The three-time Caldecott medalist tells the tale of two ants who decide to leave the safety of the others to venture into a danger-laden kitchen.

I Don't Like to Eat AntsThe Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants: A Book about AntsLittle Ant Goes to a Picnic (Little Ant Books) (Volume 2)


I Don’t Like to Eat Ants – This charming, relatable, story shares a timeless message about the importance of trying new things.

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants – Filming Keesha’s pet ant for a science project fair, the students in Ms. Frizzle’s class take a journey into the lives of ants during which they learn many fascinating facts about the ant community. Original.

Little Ant Goes to a Picnic – Little Ant wants to bring the biggest and tastiest crumbs back to the anthill. But when he rushes into a picnic before the humans have left, he discovers that gathering food at a picnic is a dangerous job! 

The Ant Hill DisasterOne Hundred Hungry AntsAnt Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)


The Ant Hill Disaster – After the Ant Hill School is destroyed, a little boy ant is afraid to go back to school. His mom caringly explains to him that sometimes things happen in life over which we have no control, but we have to find a way to keep living and growing. 

One Hundred Hungry Ants – One hundred hungry ants march off single file to sample a picnic, but when the going gets too slow, they divide into two rows of fifty, then four rows of twenty . . . until they take so long that the picnic is gone!

Ant Cities – Did you ever wonder where an ant goes when it disappears into an anthill? Underneath the hill, there are miles of tunnels and hundreds of rooms!

Which of these books about ants will you read first?

Teaching Resources

Add a fun The Ants Go Marching felt set to your literacy center, and kids can act out the rhyme over and over again.

These ant activities for kindergarten are perfect for kids ages 4-6! Find crafts, printables, books, and more.

This simple ant craft for preschoolers is sure to be a hit with your little ones during the spring and summer months.

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