BookBairn is fascinated by bugs and beasties and is delighted that Spring is returning and she will be able to go outside with her 'm...

Brilliant Books About Creepy Crawlies

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 BookBairn 2 Comments

BookBairn is fascinated by bugs and beasties and is delighted that Spring is returning and she will be able to go outside with her 'mag-a-no' (magnifying glass) and examine what she can find. So I thought it would be fun to read some books about little creepy crawlies that she might discover!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams

Ok, so there's only a couple of creepy crawlies in this one but BookBairn loves 'There Was a Wee Lassie Who Swallowed a Midgie' which is a Scottish take on this nursery rhyme but we had never read the original book. The traditional version is just as fun! There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, and then a spider, a bird and a cat and so on... Why she did such a crazy thing? No one knows. This is a fun story with bright and colourful illustrations and die-cut holes so you can see all the creatures in her tummy. And little ones will love singing the rhyme along with you. A word of caution though (and it was something I had forgotten) the old lady dies at the end. So if you don't want to discuss that or think your child isn't ready for it, this book is best avoided - try the Scottish one instead! But BookBairn loves the bouncy song and really enjoys this book despite the macabre ending.

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson and Sebastien Braun

This is slightly lengthier than traditional Julia Donaldson books because it is packed full of fabulous story! 'Spinderella' is about a little spider - and her whole family of spiders - who live in a primary school. They watch the children and become fascinated by their games of football but, being spiders, they can't count so never know how many goals have been scored. And when they play their own game of football, using a pea as a ball, they can't keep score. "Down with numbers!" they shout! But Spinderella has the help of her Hairy Godmother who shows her into a classroom where the teacher is showing the children how to count. And when Spinderella returns to her family, after a little mishap involving a child shouting "Spider!!!" and Spinderella being shown the window, she divides the family into two equal teams and can keep score. And just to make the game more fun - Hairy Godmother magics up some football boots so their tiny spider feet don't get sore kicking the ball. Young readers will love this story, and ones that love counting as much as BookBairn will defintely have fun teaching Spinderella how to count. And big brothers and sisters reading along will have fun spotting the Cinderella connections! The illustrations are bright and colourful and the spiders are more adorable than heebie-jeebie inducing. So a perfect book for the whole family to read together!

Norman's New Shell by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Norman is a little slug who wants to be a snail so he sets off on a mission to find the perfect shell. He tries a rubber duck, teapot, apple until he finds the perfect substitute shell. Written in simple concise text, this is a delightful story to read together. Each page is cut out to the outline of Norman's new shell so little ones will enjoy exploring the pages. And if it doesn't strike you as an adorable irresistible story already, it is a perfect book for teaching colours as each shell is a different colour. BookBairn loves this one. Maybe a little too much. I'm going to have to keep an eye on the slugs in the garden to make sure she doesn't start attaching things to their backs. (Just kidding! - No animals will be harmed as the result of this funny story!)
*Edit: In fact, we have a snail game where you balance pieces on the back of a slug body to create a shell so we used some blue-tak and tried out different shells just like Norman does!

These brilliant books are just some of the 400 books in the Scholastic World Book Day Book Club which has brilliant recommendations for books for all ages. When I was contacted by Scholastic I found it really hard to choose from their vast selection and couldn't believe some of the offers they had, especially on their value packs - great for schools and nurseries or people just starting to build their own library at home. All the books featured in their World Book Day Book Club are discounted and, when you shop with Scholastic, you can make it go a little further as Scholastic donate 25% worth of free books back to the shopper’s nominated school or nursery for every order over £10, which means schools can add to their library or class book shelves for free! To browse the full World Book Day Book Club, (search by age and type of book) check out

Scholastic want to make every day 'Book Day' and in celebration of World Book Day they are running a competition to get more books into kids hands. All you have to do is send a written or video review to Scholastic by tagging them (@ScholasticUK) and World Book Day (@WorldBookDay) on Twitter and use the hashtag #KeepReading with your review by 29th March and they'll select three winners to give £30 worth of books to and to donate £30 worth of books to a school or nursery of the winners’ choice. (Other terms and conditions apply so check out their website for details.) And good luck!

Hope your little bookworms enjoy some mini-beastly reading!
Mummy and BookBairn xx

*DISCLAIMER: This is a collaborative post with Scholastic Books - we received a donation into BookBairn's nursery's Scholastic account and the books reviewed in this post. As always opinions are completely our own!


  1. I like the sound of these books. BookBairn is fascinated by creepie crawlies and likes to find them in their hiding places in the garden. I think she’d love pond dipping or rock pooling. Maybe during the Easter holidays?

    1. She would love that! She was very excited to go and see if the frogs were at the pond yet with you yesterday!