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Share a Story: Spider Storytime


Did you miss our Spider Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a buggy storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them.


ITSY BITSY SPIDER (Sing slow, medium, and then as fast as you can!)

     The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout (creep your fingers up)

     Down came the rain (rain with your fingers)

     And washed the spider out (swipe your hands down and outward)

     Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (make a circle overhead with your arms)

     And the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again (creep your fingers up one more time)


Walter's wonderful web by Tim Hopgood

Trying to build a sturdy web, Walter the spider tries a number of shapes before weaving the perfect one.


FIVE LITTLE SPIDERS (Use your fingers to count from 5 to 0)

     Five Little Spiders spinning webs in a door, one spun away and then there were four.

     Four Little Spiders spinning webs with glee, one spun away and then there were three.

     Three Little Spiders spinning webs brand new, one spun away and then there were two.

     Two Little Spiders spinning webs in the sun, one spun away and then there was one.

     One Little Spider spinning webs all alone, she spun away and then there were none.


Away we go! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

We listened to "Sleepy Snail and Speedy Spider" for the parachute today, but there are a lot of great songs on this CD.

More Songs and Stories

Little Miss Muffet counts to ten by Emma Chichester Clark

In the nursery rhyme, the spider frightened Miss Muffet away. Well, not this time. The spider asks her to stay, and politely she does. Then come the animals: two, three, four, five--bearing gifts, and delicacies, and decorations. But why? 

Frank loves making beautiful webs, scaring humans, running, and scurrying but after waking up one morning missing a leg, he wonders if he still is a spider.

Gregory the Spider : Romping Through the Year by Marina (ILT) Cynthia Dreeman/ Saumell Meyer

Join Gregory, a playful and plucky spider, as he journeys through the year and celebrates each Season's special days! Parents and kids alike will enjoy Gregory's adventures in this lively read-aloud, sing-along picture book full of vivid illustrations of Gregory and his friends! 

The spider by Elise Gravel

Part of a series of hilarious nonfiction about disgusting creatures, this book looks at the spider. It covers such topics as the spider's habitats (pretty much everywhere but outer space), the silk it spins (it can trap prey and makes a nifty bowtie), and its parenting practice (female spiders carry around their eggs in a silk purse). 

Diary of a spider by Doreen Cronin

A young spider discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being a spider, including how to spin webs and avoid vacuum cleaners.

A praying mantis who longs to make music gets help from a spider named Debby Webster.

In an amusing retelling of this much-loved nursery song, Little Miss Muffet's picnic is not only disturbed by a spider, but by a host of other creatures as well! Luckily, they're prepared to share, so there's a feast at the end. Look through the holes in each page to guess see what food the animals like, and what noises they make.

The spider and the fly by Mary Botham Howitt

An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.