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Litter Bugs

A sweet story which teaches children problem solving, how to get along with others, and, of course not to litter!

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I have no idea how I wrote this audiobook, it simply popped out of my head! However I do remember that I wrote the entire score and song in a day. The Bug Club's song is so catchy, I found myself singing it everywhere I went. I had some pretty strange looks in the supermarket! 😆

When I write stories, I don't try to give them messages or educational elements. This just seems to happen, I never analyze how I write them. I just let it all happen naturally. I love the simple message in this story because I have actually always disliked "Litter Bugs"!

I think it's extremely important to educate children about the environment as soon as possible given the current climate. Book Details

Character voices:

  • Thomas Meadows - Ben the Beetle
  • Cormac McCoy - Darren the Dragonfly/Simon the Slug
  • Lou-Lilâ Masson-Lacroix - Ladybird Louise
  • Adie Hardy - Collin the cockroach/Danny the Daddy Longlegs
  • Anna-Christina - Wendy the wasp
Adie Hardy recording the Bug Club's song in audiobook Litter Bugs by Music Audio Stories
Cormac Mc Coy recording the Bug Club's song in audiobook Litter Bugs by Music Audio Stories
Lou-Lilâ Masson-Lacroix recording the Bug Club's song in audiobook Litter Bugs by Music Audio Stories

Adie, Cormac and Lou-Lilâ recording the Bug Club's song.

A child's drawing of our audio book Litter Bugs from Story Time image

Teaching Children

This audiobook is so popular at Story Time and is one of few stories where I use props. I brought a soft bin and made "rubbish" with crunched up colourful paper so we could actually throw rubbish in the bin as we sing the song. The children absolutely love this and sometimes they do the activity so quickly, I have to throw the rubbish out of the bin again because the song is still playing and all the rubbish is already in the bin! 😂

Some of the drawings for this story have been fantastic. One little boy drew a picture of a road. I said to him "that's great but where's all the rubbish?" To this he replied "it's in the bin." I said "oh ok, but where are all the bugs?" He raised his eyebrows high and proudly said "they went home!" The teachers and I laughed, he is a genius!

Behind The Scenes

This audiobook was great fun to put together.

Feedback

This audiobook has had outstanding reviews. Shelf Full of Books awarded it with a 5 Star Rating and loved the message in the story. Let’s work together and let’s keep our environment clean 🚯 ♻ I found it amusing in Kathryn Svendsen's review how she pointed out that "You might have to explain a couple of words to your children as the authors are British and use the British versions of the following words: garbage -- trash, rubbish and garbage can – bin." I must admit, I hadn't even thought of this when I wrote this story! 😆

“I’m telling you, this song is insanely contagious! I guarantee you’ll be singing (and humming) along to this song!” Priscilla and her Books. And it's true by the way! 😉

I particularly loved the way Rachel Bitmead involved her two daughters in her review for her blog Life of my family and me. They both made us great drawings of the story. She loved the way the audiobook is interactive and encourages children to use their imagination and join in.

Book Room Reviews likes the different voices and how they fit the characters. Reviewer Dick Leonardo said he likes Simon the slug because he sounds kind of like a “Surffer Dude”.

Dawn Heslin from Bound4Escape wrote “Litter Bugs is not only a fun story to listen to but it teaches children problem solving, how to get along with others, and, of course, not to litter!.” She ends her lovely review by writing how cute, fun, and age appropriate my stories are.

💜 Anna-Christina

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