This month my desk is overflowing with nonfiction books about spiders. I’m drafting a new manuscript and these books set the bar high. Really high.
The authors tackle the topic in their own unique ways. From Bethany Barton’s use of humor to Nic Bishop’s amazing photography, you can read these books back-to-back and still feel excited to read more.
These books are what nonfiction should be — fun, interesting, and hard to put down. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I am.
How I obtained the books: I bought these books
I’m trying to love spiders
By: Bethany Barton
Are you trying to love spiders? But find that every time you study one it ends up dead? Cute illustrations and a quirky plot help kids learn about these fascinating arachnids.
By: Nic Bishop
The photography is what sets this book apart from others. According to the author note, Nic has traveled around the world to photograph spiders — and even raises them at home to capture rare events like molting and laying eggs. This book is reading level 2 reader (a 3rd grader should be able to read it), and younger kids will enjoy having it read to them.
By: Laura Marsh
This is an excellent book published by National Geographic Kids. It is peppered with colorful callout boxes and jokes — great for new readers overwhelmed by extensive text. The book incorporates beautiful photographs and ends with a colorful quiz that reinforces new vocabulary. It is reading level 1, which is targeted to kids who are beginning to read on their own.
By: Gail Gibbons
This book more text-heavy than the others and therefore offers more detailed content. In particular, the book explains the origin of the word arachnid, how spiderlings balloon to their new homes, and how spiders spin webs. It would be a great accompaniment to an elementary-school unit on spiders.