Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

About Arachnids

A Guide for Children

Part of About…

by Cathryn Sill
illustrated by John Sill

This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the complex world of arachnids.

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.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-038-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2003
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-364-1
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Page Count: 40
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 3 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 2.3
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre I
Lexile: 460L
Themes: Arachnid Behavior, Arachnid Characteristics, Arachnid Habitats


“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


Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ― National Science Teachers Association, Children’s Book Council, 2004

NSTA Recommends ―National Science Teachers Association, 2004

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (Honor Book, Science K-6) ―Society of School Librarians International, 2003

Texas 2×2 Reading List ―Texas Library Association, 2004

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Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee, Picture Book) ―Association for Indiana Media Educators, 2005-2006

South Carolina Picture Book Award (Nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 2007-2008

Armadillo Readers’ Choice Award (Master List) ―Round Rock Independent School District, 2004-2005

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Meet the Author

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.

Meet the Illustrator

John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina. You can visit his website here.