Recently I came across an interesting title when working on a book order. The title screamed out at me I’m Trying to Love Spiders! The words love and spider in close proximity to each other? How can that be? Of course, my interest was piqued. I ordered it and had almost forgotten about it until it arrived. Once I read it, I knew I had to plan a spider storytime for my preschoolers. Creepy as they might be they are useful to us humans. I am referring to spiders, of course.
The web unraveled as I sought out companion books for this spider themed storytime. Books with a spider as the main character, nonfiction texts about spiders, even a spider’s diary! Here is a sampling of what I found.
The book that started it all! The title yelled out to me. I mean, I could not imagine anyone trying to love spiders unless you were an arachnologist (uh-rak-nah-lu-gist). Once I read it, though, I knew it would be a storytime hit. I loved the way the author incorporated spider facts like what other animals are in the arachnid family, how many species of spiders there are, and how many pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a year. By the way – they can eat a whopping 75 pounds of bugs in a year! Considering a bug weighs maybe an ounce. It takes 16 of those maybe an ounces to make a pound. Do the math: 16 x 75 = 1,200 bugs!!!
Disclaimer: My math may be a tad off, but you get the picture.
THAT IS A LOT OF BUGS!!!!! Maybe I should have left that little spider in my bathroom this morning alone. Oh, the guilt!!
A spider decides he will try and convince a family to keep him as a pet. The family obviously does not understand this until the spider shows them his special skill in capturing insects. Everyone is happy about this new pet until he invites his friends over. Of course, a spider’s friends are other spiders. When the family returns home they get quite a shock!
I love Doreen Cronin and had almost forgotten this was one of her books. It takes you through a spider’s life and is set up like a diary or journal entry.
A classic by Eric Carle so I knew it was a good one! I love the pages in this book because the web is raised on the page to give it dimension. Kids love this!
Talk about up close and personal photographs! I am sure the photographer had a super telephoto lens to catch these shots. While the pictures in this book really creeped me out, I can see kids loving them. This is a perfect beginning information book about spiders. I really like that they used the word “pest” instead of “bug” when referring to spiders eating insects. Great for vocabulary development!
Well, no, I am not a spider! Are you? Just kidding! This is a great nonfiction title that reads like fiction which makes it a good choice for a storytime.
You cannot have a storytime without some songs. The singing slows down language and helps children build their phonological awareness and increase their vocabulary skills. I set out to locate a song to go along with this creepy crawly spider theme. Raffi has a great version of Spider on the Floor. I also found some plastic spider rings and let the children use them as props for the song. They moved the spider to the different places the song indicated. Creepy good fun!
Of course, I can’t forget the Eensy Weensy Spider.
The gals at Jbrary (my personal favs) have offered more than just the Eensy Weensy Spider. They suggest itsy bitsy, great big, very quiet, very noisy, tiny baby, very fast, or very slow spider. Great variations on a classic nursery rhyme!
Spinning the web of this storytime was super fun! Who knows? It may have inspired a future arachnologist or two or three in the audience. Check out a storytime at your local Fontana Regional Library branch where we strive to inspire our future….your kids!