If you suffer from arachnophobia like I do, you might struggle to find books about spiders that won’t scare you! Look no further! Check out this list of spider books for the faint of heart from a self-proclaimed spider hater!
Spiders… ugh. I don’t like the creepy, crawly creatures!
One time, I almost wrecked my car because of a spider. I was driving down the road, minding my own business, when I noticed a spider on my dashboard. I actually pulled over so I could get it out of my car, and when I reached for it, it jumped 10 feet and scared me to death. So I opened my car door and jumped out of the car to get away from the crazy jumping spider. And the car started rolling! In my haste to get rid of the spider, I had forgotten to put the vehicle in park. So here I am, half in and half out of my seat, running alongside the car trying to reach the brake pedal. Yeah, I’m laughing now, but in that moment, I was scared to death.
I was finally able to reach over and hit the brake pedal with my hand and stopped the car. And killed a spider. I’m sorry if you are a spider-lover, but after all that, there was no way he and I could live in the same space. I had places to go, so he had to go.
So today’s list of books comes to you despite my deep-seated fear of creepy-crawlies. I’m ok with them as long as they stay where they are supposed to – like far away from me! #spiderlivesmatter Yeah, I know. Go ahead and laugh. I know you want to.
5 Spider Books for the Faint of Heart
This is the first (actually, only) book I thought of when I realized the subject for this week. Charlotte is the only spider I think I have ever loved! This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. This book is going on my read-aloud list with my kiddos… soon!
I came across this book when I started searching for books on this subject. This book is perfect for the arachnophobes in your life. It’s written from the perspective of someone like me who hates spiders and always squashes them! Maybe I can learn to appreciate spiders for the great qualities God gave them. (I can’t see it, but I guess even the most scary creature has to have some redeeming qualities. Maybe.)
This book is exactly how I react to spiders! I totally laughed while reading this book. I don’t think I could ever have a spider as a pet, but I do love to come across a beautiful web. In the woods. Where spiders belong. But, if I came home to a scene like the last page, I would move! Just sayin’!
I’ve always been a huge Eric Carle fan. So this list wouldn’t be complete without his spider book, perfect for the youngest spider lover!
As you probably know if you have followed my blog for any amount of time is that I love old books. The older the better, I say! So I couldn’t pass up this great old book by j. Henri Fabre. It is from the same author as The Storybook of Science, which is a book often recommended in the Charlotte Mason circles for young science enthusiasts. We used the Storybook of Science last year for science and found the book very interesting. While I haven’t read The Life of the Spider through completely, I have listened to some of the audiobook, and it seems to be very engaging and interesting. If you have a kiddo that has an interest in spiders this book would be a good one!
Ok, so I have gotten through this week’s What to Read Wednesday with no scars and few scares, although I feel like something is crawling on me now! Now let’s just hope I don’t have nightmares tonight! I hope you enjoy this week’s selections. Let me know what you think. What’s your favorite spider book? Are you afraid of spiders?
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