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Why Are Cicadas So Loud?

Books and Websites to Share with Kids

When the cicadas are at their most deafening, these resources will help you understand and explain why:


  • BioKids -  Info, pictures, sounds and more from the Univ. of Michigan
  • Creature Feature – All about cicadas, from National Geographic for Kids
  • Cicada -  Detailed Encyclopedia Britannica entry, with more links to other resources



by Helen Frost

For K-1st grade. Includes detailed photos, with a focus on cicadas’ physical characteristics. Includes a glossary.



by Ann O. Squire

For 2-5th Grade. Learn about the fascinating lives of cicadas and how they emerge from the ground by the thousands every summer, filling the air with their mating calls. Includes a glossary, index and “learning more” section.


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