One of the most fascinating things to witness during the fall is all the amazing spider webs across bushes, dangling from doorways, and drifting across all the dew-covered surfaces. Let’s build on those noticing with these books about spiders for preschoolers. These preschools books will be oohed and aahed over time and time again.
Preschool Books About Spiders
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Fiction Books About Spiders for Preschoolers
Bear’s Scare by Jacob Grant introduces us to a tidy bear who prides itself on keeping a clean and orderly house. But, one day he notices evidence of an untidy guest- a spider. Will Bear be able to track down this web maker? Well, he will messily try. Children will enjoy searching for the spider throughout the book.
Seaver likes to spin his own webs. Yes, he was supposed to be an orb weaver, but he prefers webs of squares, triangles, and hexagons. And, guess what? His webs work just as well if not better than others. So, spin your own web! This is a fun one for a unit on shapes, being yourself, or spiders. Check out Seaver the Weaver by Paul Czajak.
Another book that is similar to Seaver the Weaver is Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood.
The Hugely –Wugely Spider by Ethan Berlin starts with the Itsy-Bitsy Spider, the Mitsy-Bitsy Spider, the Litsy-Plitsy Spider and Witsy-Ditsy Spider climbing the waterspout. Hugely-Wugely Spider was too big to climb the spout.
But, Hugely-Wugely really helps out when the rains starts to come and the spiders could use a little help. The kids will be giggling throughout the book and singing along.
Of course, you have to sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” with preschoolers while learning about spiders. And, there are even variations of the song in book form. The Eensy-Weensy SpiderThe Itsy Bitsy Spider by Mary Ann Hoberman or The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani.
And, then use my activities to go along with the song and books.—->Itsy Bitsy Spider Activities
The other classic book that comes to mind when you mention spiders is Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider. Children love to trace the raised web on the pages.
I have lots of activities to go along with the book too.—>The Very Busy Spider Activities
Just Itzy by Lana Krumwiede is the story of a spider tired of being called “Itzy Bitzy.” It’s time to be a big spider. Can Itzy spin its own web? Find out as you meet a cast of characters from other nursery rhymes.
Preaschoolers will enjoy pouring over the intricate illustrations alone or with a friend in A Web by Isabelle Simler. Explore the landscape that a spider collects and weaves a web in. On each spread, illustrations are labeled so students can learn all sorts of bug and plant names. Can the children spot parts of the spider on each spread?
Informational and Nonfiction Books About Spiders for Preschoolers
Wow, the illustrations in this book are amazing. Preschoolers will love learning about the jumping spider through the eyes of the spider hanging out in the backyard garden. Lots of backmatter is included for arachnid enthusiasts. This book works equally well with older kiddos too. Check out Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spiderumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider by Jessica Lana.
I’m Trying to Love Spidersby Bethany Barton is full of spider facts to try and convince you that spiders are pretty cool.
National Geogrpahic always has gorgeous photographs in their books. Pour over the images in
Spiders by Laura F. Marsh.
For another book with amazing photographs, read How Do Spiders Hear?by Nancy Furstinger. This is a fun book because it focuses on hearing. And, there is even an activity to try at the end of the book.
Melvin Berger’s Let’s Read and Find Out Science Books have been popular for a long time. You’ll even find one on spiders. Read Spinning Spiders and find out how spiders catch their prey.
Speaking of series, don’t miss Elise Gravel’s The Disgusting Critters Series. Spider is just one of the gems in the series. Learn all sorts of cool facts about spiders from using their silk to protect their eggs and they can mimic their prey to sneak up on them.
The Backyard Books is another great series for preschoolers. Are You a Spider? by Judy Allen introduces children to the life cycle of the spider.
Scurry! The Truth About Spiders by Annette Whipple has some amazing photographs. Get up close and personal with spiders from the anatomy of a spider to the kinds of webs spiders spin. This browseable nonfiction will surely be a hit.
The next two books are super interesting but on the longer side. So, I’d share with preschoolers who have a longer attention span or are super interested in the topic.
Spidernaut : Arabella, the Spider in Space by Jodie Parachini is the story of a spider taken to space in 1973 and the lessons learned from the experiments conducted in space.
Spiders have made return trips to space. Check out Nefertiti, the Spidernautby Darcy Pattison about a spider who spent 100 days on the International Space Station in 2012.
Printable Spider Book List
Grab a copy of the list of books shared above. It’s great for sticking in your lesson plan binder or taking to the library.
Happy spidery reading with the kids.