I'm Trying to Love Spiders is written and illustrated by Bethany Barton and was a 2016 Children’s Choice Book Award winner.
The story is a great read aloud but since it is told in first person, it also can be used to model personal narrative. The fun, cartoonish style illustrations will engage even those with a fear of spiders. The author both tells her strong dislike for these eight legged creatures as she contemplates squashing one and shares fascinating facts about them as she tries to convince herself that loving spiders is possible.
An added plus is that it is written in a way that encourages children to take a closer look at something they may have a fear of and approach it with a different attitude. Use these free printables as an extension after you read the book to list ways to try to love spiders or write your own spider stories!
You might like to use this book in October especially if you are looking for a fun Halloween alternatives or you might like to save it if you study insects and spiders later in the year. If you're looking for more spider resources, we've got you covered!