About Arachnids, A Guide for Children


We need to teach our children about spiders and scorpions! They are an integral part of our natural world.


About Arachnids, A Guide for Children is a beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the complex world of spiders and scorpions. Parents will appreciate knowing that most creepy crawlies are not venomous, and deserve to live their lives unperturbed.

In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what arachnids are, how they live, what they eat, and how they reproduce.

With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the diversity of the arachnid population, from the poisonous Brown Recluse Spider to the innocuous Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion.

An afterword provides further details on the fascinating, often misunderstood arachnids to inspire young readers to learn more.

  • Reading level: 3-8 years old

“This colorful volume is well-designed for children intrigued by the eight-legged creatures and for teachers planning preschool and primary-grade units on arachnids.” ―Booklist

“A beautifully illustrated volume that is ideal to read aloud. The exquisite paintings do much to mitigate the distaste some children show toward spiders and their relatives.” ―Science and Children

“The art work is beautiful and accurate depicting these scary and wondrous creatures. Carolyn and John Sill have teamed up beautifully to bring us another delightful book for children ages 3-8 teaching them to love the creatures in our wonderful World…” ―Chat with Vera

Additional information

Weight .275 lbs
Dimensions 10 × .25 × 8.5 in