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How to Build an Insect

by Roberta Gibson and illustrated by Anne Lambelet

Publisher:  Millbrook Press

ISBN-10 : 1541578112
ISBN-13 : 978-1541578111

Let’s build an insect! In the pages of this book, you’ll find a workshop filled with everything you need, including a head, a thorax, an abdomen, and much more. This wonderfully original take on insect anatomy will spark curiosity and engage even those who didn’t think they liked creepy, crawly things!

How to Build an Insect from Millbrook Press is available for preorder at Lerner, Changing Hands Bookstore (local Indie), Bookshop.org, and Amazon.

• Notable Award NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2022
• Notable Award Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, 5-9 year olds list, 2022

Current nominee for the 2023 North Carolina Children’s Book Awards.

See the STEAM Activities page for build-an-insect ideas.


Distinctive and Fun  ~Kirkus

“Gibson and Lambelet provide a fun, instructional easy reader text and a science project for children. . . . A must-buy for elementary school and public libraries.”—starred ~School Library Journal

“An ideal book for turning STEM into STEAM.” ~ Booklist

News:  Chosen as a 2022 Notable Book in the Language Arts by Children’s Literature Assembly.

Views around the Blogosphere:

How the book came about at First Draft to Final Book

Authors who write about arthropods chat at GROG blog.

Visit for the lovely review, stay for the awesome activity suggestions at Archimedes Notebook.

Be sure to visit Anne Lambelet’s website, too.

LitLinks: Un-bee-lievable STEAM activities to make students wild about insects (educational activities to accompany the book)