Books on: Spiders, Insects & Mice

Books which either show spiders and insects in a positive light or tackle the fears that some children experience when coming face to face with spiders and insects.

Aaaarrgghh, Spider!
Author: Lydia Monks (Author)
How this book may help: Overcoming fears and phobias associated with spiders.
A lonely spider wants to be the family pet but the family don't like spiders and no matter how hard... read more

Tags: fears, phobias

Sophie's Masterpiece
Author: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Jane Dyer
How this book may help: May encourage a child who is frightened of spiders to look more favourably upon these fascinating creatures. The book also reflects the ageing process, and may strike a chord with a child who has lost an elderly relative. Additionally, it has underlying themes of tolerance and acceptance.
Sophie is no ordinary house spider: she is an artist who can spin the most intricate and beautiful... read more

Tags: bereavement, fears, loss, persistence

Eeeek, Mouse!
Author: Lydia Monks
Illustrator: Lydia Monks
How this book may help: his book may help a child who is frightened of mice to see a less threatening side to them.
Mummy spots a mouse in the house, which frightens the entire household except little Minnie, who... read more

Tags: pet, mice, fears, phobias

Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Author: Alex T.Smith
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is anxious about the dark, spiders, ghosts or monsters, and make them realise they are not alone.
Bella Bones and Monty Mittens are best friends and have lots in common (they both like the colour... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, friends, ghosts, monsters, phobias

The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

Little Princess - I Don't Want to Go to Bed
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Helping children to understand why it's important to go to bed on time.
The Little Princess doesn't want to go to bed, and doesn't see why she should have to when she's... read more

Tags: phobias, monsters, fears, anxiety

The Very Busy Spider
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator: Eric Carle
How this book may help: A story that portrays spiders in a positive way. This book may also encourage children to persevere with difficult tasks.
Publisher's summary: "Spinning her web keeps the spider busy all day long. A number of animals try to distract the spider..." read more

Tags: persistence, fears, phobias

All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Publisher's summary: "Most of us, no matter what race or culture, fear something at some time. This book for small..." read more

Tags: multicultural, fears, fear of the dark, emotions, anxiety, phobias

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