Writing Beyond Tech: Bugville Critters

By William Stanek
March 19, 2010

A fun follow up to my previous post about writing outside of technology. This one focuses on my childrens picture books and a series called Bugville Critters.

All 16 of my original Bugville Critters books have been published. The latest releases are small format starting at $5.99. These small-sized editions don't have the bold, beautiful paper of the large, premium editions starting at $9.99, but they have the same stories and illustrations.

The first sixteen releases are organized in two main sets. The first set of 7 books follows Buster during his first school year. The second set of 8 books follows Lass during her first school year.

The Buster books are:


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The Lass books are:


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There's also Buster Bee's Adventures with Letter and Words!

The Bugville Critters stories were recommended to parents for their children by Parenting Magazine in September 2008. The magazine recommended "Visit Dad and Mom at Work," "Go To School," "Have A Sleepover," and "Visit Garden Box Farms." These stories are included in "Bugville Critters Storybook Treasury Volume 1" and in "Bugville Audio Collection 1."

You'll find dozens of letters from children who have read the Bugville books at www.bugvillecritters.com. Recently, I received another large batch of Letters to Buster (over 100!) from classrooms in Vermont, California, Delaware, and Texas. Buster is busy working on sending personal replies to every student!

Continuing with the tradition started with the original Bugville Critters books, the newest Bugville books were released first in audio. The twelve new adventures for Buster and his pals are:


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These books were released in audio in 2009. They're fully illustrated and typeset now and will be coming out in print in 2010 and 2011. The 12 new books make a total of 28 fun-filled adventures starring Buster, Lass, Cat, Dag and all the other loveable critters of Bugville.

Some cool facts about Bugville:

  • I developed the idea for the Bugville Critters in the 1990s and wrote the first book in 1996. When that book was published in 2007, nearly a decade later, I had already completed 28 Bugville Critters books. With the final typesetting of "Visit the Library" recently, my 15-year journey in Bugville is complete (but I fervently hope, not at an end).
  • My children are the ones who urged me to get the Bugville Critters books published and that is what I set out to do in 2004. It took nearly four years to get the first set of books into print.
  • To bring the books to audio, I began working with voice artists in 2005. It took four years of work with multiple voice artists to get to the release of all 28 Bugville Critters audio books.

Thank you for reading. Hope you'll take a journey through Bugville with me soon!


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