Worm Spider and Fly

Diary of a Fly, Diary 
of a Spider,
& Diary
of a Worm
by Doreen Cronin
illustrated by Harris Bliss

 lesson ideas, DRA/Lexile reading levels, and more

Diary of a Worm and the subsequent Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Spider are year after year favorites in many lower grades classrooms. Each book presents slice-of-life vignettes about life as a worm, a fly, or a spider--all written in diary format. Kids will love seeing the creatures in familiar settings, like the school room, on the playground, playing games with friends, etc. The humor is so clever, you'll be laughing aloud as well. And Bliss's funny illustrations are a perfect match. This is definitely a series to have!

Diary of a Worm
A cute cartoon worm in a baseball cap describes his everyday life in small, hilarious entries that provide a worms-eye view of the world (ie: having no arms, dodging people digging for bait...) Kids will want to hear this one over and over, plus see it up close look at every detail.

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  PreS-Gr. 3      DRA Level: 24
Reading Level:  age 4-8          Lexile Measure: AD360L

Awards & Rating         SLJ Best Book
IRA Children's Choice    Parents' Choice Silver Honor
Amazon Cust Rating:
5 stars (112 reviews)

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Diary of a Worm

Diary of a Spider
Spider is a friend of worm's and makes appearances in worm's diary, so this book's a natural sequel. This time the reader is treated to diary entries about life as a spider (ie: vacuum drills at school, bringing your molted skin to school for show and tell, etc.) Perfectly paired with more great Harry Bliss illustrations!

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  PreS-Gr. 3      DRA Level: 24
Reading Level:  age 4-8          Lexile Measure: AD510L

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:4.5 stars (48 reviews)

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Diary of a Spider

Diary of a Fly
Worm has a diary, spider has a diary...now it's time for fly--the last of the three friends--to have a diary as well! As with the others, this book is formatted into hilarious, brief diary entries that speak of the perils and joys of growing up as a fly, each paired with fun cartoon illustrations. Fans will absolutely want this one too!

Reading Stats
Interest Level:  PreS-Gr. 3      DRA Level: n/a
Reading Level:  age 4-8          Lexile Measure: n/a

Awards & Rating
Avg Customer Rating:5 stars (23 reviews)

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Diary of a Fly

If you are looking for related activities and lesson ideas to go with this series of books, please click here: Diary of a Worm lesson ideas, etc

Peek Inside:
Below are the first two spreads from inside Diary of a Worm. So adorable, and hopefully you can read the text to get an idea of the clever and funny storyline and journal format.

Diary of a Worm

Diary of a Worm

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