I'm trying to teach your children to love SPIDERS and all of nature, really. I am zoologist and children's author, Daisy Griffin. AMA!
Hi Reddit, I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Zoology in 2006. I have been writing children's chapter books since 2010. Last year, my daughter asked me to write a book about spiders so her friends won't squish them anymore. I accepted the challenge!
Edit: Thanks to everyone who asked questions. This was a lot of fun. I'll try to check back and still answer any late questions thrown my way, but I'll be out of pocket for a while. See ya!
Edit2: There seem to be a lot of spider phobias out there. I believe that knowledge is always beneficial and the more you learn about spiders, the better off you are. That said, a phobia is different than just fear. It's irrational, and I don't know enough about the human psyche to help on that issue. The fact that you fearfuls are hear looking at info and talking about the phobia is a good sign, though.
Edit3: Added link to Samantha Spins a Web's Kickstarter Campaign