Spiders are spooky and scary. Or are they? Read about these fascinating Arthropods and know how useful they are for our environments. These fiction and nonfiction books are perfect to remove the fear of spiders in young kids. Toddlers and preschoolers would enjoy the fun fictional spider stories and simple facts. Kindergarten and early elementary children can practice reading with these beginner-level books.

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Fascinating Spider Books For Kids

spider books for kids

Toddlers & Preschoolers

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Little Spider is a finger puppet book suitable for babies. There is very little text and it rhymes. Kids enjoy looking through the peek-a-boo holes on every page.

(Ages baby-3 years)

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Never Touch a Spider! is an interactive touch-and-feel book. There are also other insects inside. Each page has a silicone touch part, keeping it interesting for babies and toddlers.

The text is funny and rhyming. And pictures are gorgeously colorful. (Ages 1-3 years)

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There’s a Spider in this Book! Fluffy the cat wants to eat Eric the spider. So, Eric is hiding. Children have to find Eric on every page.

The story is fun. Kids enjoy the interactive part of searching for the spider. (Ages 2-5 years)

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The Eensy-Weensy Spider Read to your toddler this popular nursery rhyme, accompanied by beautiful pictures.

The adventure of the baby spider continues with other creatures like bugs, frogs, and more – before falling asleep in the hammock.

A perfect bedtime read. (Ages 2-6 years)

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Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk

Miss Spider is having a tea party and invites other bugs. But they are not interested and runs away from her. Read how they eventually find out spiders are not scary. The party ends up being a success!

There are lots of different bug characters to keep children intrigued. (Ages 2-6 years)

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Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin(Author), Harry Bliss(Illustrator)

Read the bestseller adventurous tale of a spider’s entire day through the diary it keeps. Children can find a lot of similarities with the activities. Of course, the spider gets to do other things like spinning webs, climbing things! (Ages 3-7 years)

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I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton is aA humorous book with spider facts.

It also teaches kids that math is at the core of everything. Preschoolers can enjoy the story and facts. While elder children would appreciate the math connection more.

A fun read for kids scared of spiders. (Ages 3-9 years)

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Spiders by National Geographic kids.

Climb into the fascinating world of spiders with this book. Learn about all types of spiders – red, yellow, blue.

The book is filled with lots of colorful pictures and easy-to-understand facts. (Ages 3-6 years)

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Can a Spider Be Fluffy? introduces kids to different kids of spiders – both rare and common. Some smooth, some shiny, few hairy and more.

A scientific book with beautiful (and not scary) illustrations. (Ages 3-8 years)

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Spiders by Gail Gibbons introduces kids to the fascinating world of these arachnids.

Children would love reading about baby spiders to large tarantulas. Know some interesting facts and understand how most spiders are actually harmless.

Look out for the different types of webs. (Ages 3-6 years)

Early Elementary (Kindergarten-Grade2)

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Spinning Spiders Read how spiders spin different kinds of webs and capture preys. Understand the science behind them.

Did you know there are more than 30,000 kinds of spiders? Find many such interesting facts.

A beautifully illustrated nonfiction book for early elementary kids. (Ages 4-8 years)

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Aaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks

This is a fun read about a spider who wants a human family pet. It tries its best to impress them. But the family just screams ‘Aaaarrgghh, Spider!’, when they spot it. What is the spider to do!

A good choice to have a discussion around tolerance and familiarity with kids. (Ages 4-8 years)

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Are You a Spider? Any spider book list is incomplete without the mention of this popular Judy Allen book.

Read some fun facts like how spiders eat their own damaged web, before starting a new one!

The end delights the kids, with the book concluding that the reader is a boy or girl, not a spider. (Ages 5-8 years)

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Spiders by Nic Bishop (Author & Photographer)

This is the young readers’ version of the original award-winning book. Read fascinating facts about spider habitat, life cycle, and everything else.

Images are real and spectacularly beautiful. The text is easy and suitable read for the 1st & 2nd grades. (Ages 5-7 years)

FREE Spider Activities, Worksheets For Kids

Compliments the book reading with these easy hands-on activities. Make learning fun.

  1. Making a spider web is quite easy. The ingredients are basic like paper, paper plate, thread, etc. Even preschoolers can do it easily.
  2. Also, check this mini-pumpkin spider. Perfect for Halloween time.
  3. Here is an activity to teach kids about the spider life cycle.
  4. This Spider webs science activity from buggyandbuddy.com is suitable for kindergarten kids.
  5. naomimeredith.com has a few cool Spider STEM activities. The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow.
  6. These FREE life cycle of a spider worksheets from 123homeschool4me.com are quite helpful for children to learn more about spiders.

Get into the Spidey mood for learning with these fun Spider costume for kids.

Watch this fun Read-aloud of Diary of a spider

curtesy: Jennifer Tucker