Books About Jellyfish and Worms for Kids

This is part four in my series of book, video, and game recommendations for homeschool biology in the elementary years. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing more of my favorite resources for kids. I’ve already posted recommendations for biology encyclopedias, Cells, and DNA and Genetics.

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These are my favorite books for a unit on simple invertebrates: sponges, jellyfish, and worms. Some are out-of-print, unfortunately, but most are available from larger library systems.

Jellyfish to Insects: Projects with Biology by William Helmsley. If you can find this older book at your local library, it’s worth it. Wonderful diagrams of different animals and insects, informative text, and fascinating sidebars full of information. Every time we’ve checked this one out, it’s been a favorite.

jellyfishdayJellyfish (A Day in the Life: Sea Animals) by Louise Spilsbury. A fun overview for your little ones who might be fascinated with jellies.

Sponges, Jellyfish and Other Simple Animals by Steve Parker. This has a textbook feel to it, but has some nice images and good information about the various simple invertebrates.

wiggling worms at work

Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer. The illustrations for this book are incredible. This book tells the story of earthworms and their role in making soil, and makes it easy enough for even early elementary students to understand. A family favorite.

Sponges Are Skeletons by Barbara Juster Esbensen. Part of the Let’s Read and Find Out series, this is perfect for younger elementary students to learn the difference between invertebrates and vertebrates.

Night of the Moon JelliesNight of the Moonjellies by Mark Sasha. No study of jellies would be complete without this fictional story of a child who spends his day working in order to get a fantastic surprise in the evening.

Clown Fish and Sea Anemones Work Together by Martha E. H. Rustad. Especially for your young Nemo lovers, this book is full of nice pictures showing the symbiotic relationship between clown fish and sea anemones.

Diary of a WormDiary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. A humorous piece of fiction that might help your children feel differently about worms. This entire series is hilarious.

I hope this post has helped you find some new books to read with your kids or to supplement your homeschool biology studies. Do you have other favorite books about jellies or worms that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments! Thanks!



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