About the book
Bugs might be small, but their impact is HUGE! Discover the wonderful world of mini-beasts in this fantastic guide to insects and how they help humans every day.
Did you know that flies can help us solve crimes? Spiders can be astronauts? Moths are the ultimate fashion designers? From making our food to keeping the planet clean and solving crimes, bugs come to our rescue every day. Often without us even realising! Discover the extraordinary things that bugs do for us - and how we can look after them too - in this vibrant gift book written by the Natural History Museum's senior entomologist.
What did the judges think?
Chair of the judges Professor Usha Goswami said: "The cover of this book alone was stunning, and I was immediately drawn to it. Each page features gorgeous, detailed illustrations and amazing facts about the role bugs play in our day to day lives. I particularly loved the page on bugs in space – who knew spiders could be astronauts?"
About the author and illustrator
Dr Erica McAlister is a British scientist and museum curator. She is an expert in insects and is Senior Curator of Diptera at the Natural History Museum. She has appeared on various BBC Radio 4 programmes and TV programmes. In addition to radio and television appearances, she frequently presents talks at the Natural History Museum.
Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator with a penchant for playful colour and rich texture. Having grown up in a rural area surrounded by nature, it's no surprise that furry and feathered creatures are her favourite subjects to draw. When she's not drawing, Steph can be found sipping tea and reading books. She lives in West Virginia, USA, with her husband and two dogs.