Do you love to read? Your teachers probably tell you how important reading is all the time. And guess what? They’re right!

Reading helps you in many ways beyond just being able to read and get good grades in Language Arts. Being an avid reader helps you become a better speller. Reading can also help you become a better writer. In fact, the more you read, the better you’ll do in all your subjects.

Do you have friends who always have books in their hands? We bet you catch them reading all the time. Sometimes those people who like to read all the time are called bookworms. Is it because they look like earthworms? No! So where did that nickname come from?

A bookworm is someone who loves reading books. These people are also called bibliophiles. Bibliophiles sometimes love books so much that they choose to collect them, too.

The term “bookworm” has been used since the 1500s. Way back then, libraries did not have the modern heating and air conditioning systems that they do today. As a result, many libraries could not control the environment surrounding their books.

Some old libraries became musty and attracted various pests. Some of these pests took the form of insects and worms who loved to eat paper and the glue in the bindings of books. These pests would spend their entire lives inside of books. It was only natural to transfer the “bookworm” idea to humans who loved to consume (read) books as much as these pests did.

So if you see a trip to the library as an adventure and are always on the lookout for a new book to read, you’re probably a bookworm. And that’s OK! There are millions of us in the world.

When you love books, it can be a lot of fun to share a great book with a friend. Seeing a friend read and enjoy a book as much as you do can be very satisfying. It can also strengthen friendships, as you discuss the books you share with each other.

If you want to share your love of books with others, here are some easy tips you can use to encourage others to become better readers:

  • If you have younger siblings, read to them a little bit every day. Not only is the time you spend with them important to them, it instills in them a love of books that will continue throughout their lifetimes.
  • Encourage your friends and family members to get library cards. Take field trips as a family to the library to explore the many books available there. You never know what adventure awaits you inside the pages of a book!
  • Find a book series that connects with your friends’ interests. If they get hooked by the first book, then they’ll likely continue reading the rest of the books in the series.
  • Support reading in all its forms. If your friends enjoy magazines, that’s great! If they like to play on the computer, send them to Wonderopolis!

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  1. Cool! My school library had a book worm with glasses and was holding a red book. It’s been two years since I’ve been there or actually gone to school there {I’m in grade 4 now}.

    • We think it’s super AWESOME that you remember about that book worm in the library at the school you used to attended, Caelah! Thanks for sharing about that…he sounds very studious with his glasses and red book! We hope you have an AMAZING day today and do lots of WONDERing! :-)

    • We agree that some books might not hold our attention as well as others, Sydney, but we think books are WONDERful tools to help us WONDER and learn even MORE! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about being a bookworm today! :-)

    • Hi, Shundee! Thanks for leaving us another great comment! Did you enjoy learning where the term, “bookworm” originated? We sure did! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing some of your favorite things, Crazy4Nails! We appreciate hearing from you today! :-)

  2. Dear Wonderopolis,
    We learned a lot from you today about being a bookworm. A bookworm is when you read a lot of books or have your nose in a book! Our class is a bunch of bookworms. We read all day, every day. We also read to our parents, siblings, animals, friends, teachers, grandparents, stuffed animals, and much more. Our reading goal for our class is fluency. This reminded us on how we can reread old books to help us with our fluency. Being a bookworm is fun and our teacher challenged us to get caught with a book!


    • Hello, Mrs. Jarvis’ Second Grade Bookworms! We’re so glad you stopped by today’s Wonder and learned some new things (although we’re super glad to learn that you guys already know A LOT about being bookworms)!

      We think it’s AWESOME that you guys like to read so much! We bet your families and pets (and stuffed animals) appreciate getting to spend time with you and hear what you are reading! We have a really cool past Wonder of the Day® to share with you:

      Wonder #40 – How Can Four Legs Help You Become a Better Reader? :-)

  3. Our class is full of bookworms! We love to read and do it every day. Some of our favorite books are about Star Wars, the solar system, and fairies. We also love the following titles: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Snowy Day, Penelope in the Winter, Owen, Henry and Mudge, and Amber Brown. But the book we are reading right now is The Tale of Despereaux. We really like this adventurous mouse and recommend the book to everyone!!! What a great wonder of the day!

    • WOW, Mrs. Morales’ second grade class! Those are all WONDERful books to read! We appreciate you giving everyone your recommendation for The Tale of Despereaux…we will have to read that book very soon! Keep reading and keep WONDERing…we think you guys ROCK! :-)

  4. Happy Wednesday Wonder Friends!

    Some of our favorite bookworm books are:
    Olivia-The Talking Eggs
    Caleb D.-My Big Dog
    Audrey G.-Cook-a-Doodle-Doo
    Taylor-Judy Moody
    Audrey C.-Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Allison-American Girl Series
    Max-Green Eggs and Ham
    Ayden-Nate the Great
    Cameron-Mystie’s Twilight
    Kelly-Marty Mcquire
    Jacob-Diary of Wimpy Kid-the Last Straw
    Molly-Rodrick Rules
    Alex-Nate the Great
    CalebT.-Cat in the Hat
    Mrs. Phillips-Pete the Cat
    Sam-River Monsters
    Kaitlyn-The Rainbow Fairy Series
    Kyle-Honk! Honk! Beep! Beep!

    We are going to work on making a movie of us being “caught” reading this month.

    Have a WONDERful Wednesday!

    • What a GREAT comment you left for us on this WONDERful Wednesday, Mrs. Phillips’ Mysterious Class! We really enjoyed learning about your favorite books! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing them with us! We think a movie about getting “caught” reading sounds like so much fun…you guys make the BEST videos! We really enjoy seeing you guys write, read, explore, learn and WONDER when Mrs. Phillips shares videos of your classroom on her blog! :-)

    • Those sound like SUPER fun things to WONDER about, Stefani and KD! Thanks for sharing your guesses for tomorrow’s Wonder! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing about one of your favorite basketball players, Nicholas! We appreciate you visiting Wonderopolis today! :-)

  5. No, I’m not a bookworm. I never ever read, but when I’m suppose to, the only book I read was about horses. I love wonderopolis.

    • It makes us SUPER happy to hear that, Rahul! Reading is FUN! We hope you are having a WONDERful day today…THANKS for visiting Wonderopolis! :-)

  6. These are my favorite books:
    The Warriors series
    Harry Potter
    The Lord of the Rings :)
    And National Geographic Magazines!!!!!

    • Happy Wednesday, Ellen! Thank you for sharing your favorite things to read…we think those are all WONDERful! :-)

  7. These are the best bookworms in my class:

    This year, Devan and I won the read-a-thon.
    ;) :) :(

    • It ROCKS that you and Devan won the read-a-thon this year, Ellen…WAY TO GO! Thanks for sharing which of your classmates you feel are the best bookworms! We’re glad you included yourself! :-)

    Warriors all of them and Harry Potter all of them
    These are the bookworms in my class:
    Devan [me]
    Me and Ellen won the read-a-thon.

    • Hi, Devan! High five to you and Ellen for winning the read-a-thon! We’re glad you guys like to read so much…we do, too! We appreciate you sharing your favorite books and your bookworm friends! :-)

    • That makes us REALLY happy to hear, Ellen! We like to read books because we get to explore different places, meet cool people, and learn so much…all just by turning the pages! :-)

  9. Dear Wonderopolis,
    I am a bookworm. All I do in my free time is read. And at home I always ask to go to the library. I really love this site.


    P.s. I love the video!!

    • We’re glad you like to read and that you are a bookworm, McKenzie! Thank you so much for sharing that with us today! We’re glad you liked the video for today’s Wonder, too! Have a WONDERful day! :-)

  10. THAT WAS HILARIOUS!!! : ) WE LOVED THE VIDEO. The mayor should have cut his top hat budget first. We would love to see more humor videos. Tomorrow’s wonder might be about roller coasters. We are close to the best amusement park in the world, CEDAR POINT! Some of us were brave enough to ride the top thrill dragster. Stay wormy!

    • Hi there, Mr. Draper’s Class! We think you guys are so AMAZING for letting us know you liked the video for today’s Wonder…it was pretty funny! We agree with you about the mayor’s budget!

      How COOL that you guys live so close to an amusement park! That roller coaster sounds like it might be THRILLING to ride! We bet it is a lot of FUN, too! Here is a THRILLING past Wonder about roller coasters that we think you guys will really enjoy:

      Wonder #251 – Where Is the Fastest Roller Coaster? :-)

  11. We think tomorrow’s wonder of the day might be about roller coasters.

    Most of our class are bookworms. We love to read and we love listening to stories!

    Thanks, Wonderopolis!

    • Thank YOU, Miss Kirsten’s Kindergarten GT Class, for always brightening our day with your WONDERful comments! There are other Wonder Friends who agree with you guys about what tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day® might be…hmmm…we WONDER if roller coasters are what we’ll all be learning about tomorrow?

  12. From reading town to Wonderopolis, this is the BIGGEST Bookworm (aka Annie)!!!!! I LOVE books!!!!!! I’m reading one called A Tale of Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz. It’s about Hansel and Gretel, but it’s creepier than you would think.


    • Thanks for this enthusiastic comment, Annie! We think the book you are reading sounds mysterious and scary, and we think it’s AWESOME that you like to read so much! Happy Wednesday! :-)

    • Hi, Chance! We sure do appreciate your comment today! Thanks for letting us know what you thought about this Wonder of the Day®! :-)

    • You’re RIGHT about that, Bryce! Reading is like food for your brain! You know what? We think visiting Wonderopolis is, too! Thanks for being a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

    • We’re so happy to hear that, E.B.! We are bookworms here in Wonderopolis, too! Thank you for sharing your love of reading…we think that’s AWESOME! :-)

    • We guess if you’re someone who only likes reading books about worms, you could actually be called a worm bookworm, Mr. Flab! Thanks for making our Wonder brains work a little harder today…you are a super clever commenter! :-)

    • Your comment makes our hearts smile, Jenna! We’re glad you like both reading AND exploring Wonderopolis! Both things make you WONDER and help you learn! :-)

    • We noticed that, too, Randall! We WONDER if he likes being a bright red bookworm with black stripes? :-)

    • We think this Wonder is worth a big “WOW,” too, Abby! Thank you for visiting Wonderopolis today and leaving us this GREAT comment…YOU ROCK! :-)

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the video for this Wonder and also for leaving us another AWESOME comment, Abby! :-)

    • We think it’s pretty cool that you are like the mayor in the video, Randall! He’s a sharp dresser! We WONDER if you like wearing a top hat, too? :-)

  13. I love books. Sometimes I read books to my little sister. I read chapter books. I always ask my mom if I can buy more and more books. I read vampire books like poison apple books and I bought a ten pack of a book called my sister is the vampire. bye.

    • Chapter books are FUN to read, Arianna! Thanks for sharing your favorite books and also for telling us that you like to read to your sister…we think family learning is WONDERful! :-)

    • That’s a really great guess, Isha and Mushkale! We hope we don’t get too dizzy if it is! We’ll meet you guys back here in Wonderopolis tomorrow so we can all see what the next exciting Wonder will be about, OK? :-)

  14. Wonderopolis,

    I am a bookworm myself!! Keerit isn’t really a bookworm! I always get caught reading when I’m supposed to be doing something else! Keerit doesn’t really get caught! I just LOVE books! If I had to pick one book to survive on, I just couldn’t pick one because I love all books!!! My mom says I judge the book by its cover! It’s true I do that! I don’t think Keerit does that! We think that tomorrow’s wonder is going to be about roller coasters!

    P.S. Mrs.Thiessen does NOT like roller coasters!!!!!!

    Mikayla T and Keerit :)

    • Thank you so much for your AMAZING comment, Mikayla and Keerit! We enjoyed learning about your “likes” and your “differences” when it comes to reading and being bookworms! We don’t think we could pick just one favorite book, either…there are so many SUPER books out there to read! :-)

    • Those statements are all VERY true about reading, Kabir, Aidan and Devin! We’re proud of you guys for WONDERing about being bookworms today! :-)

  15. Calvin and Husnain are bookworms because we love reading chapter books like Harry potter and Dairy of the wimpy kid. Calvin loves reading Harry potter books and Husnain loves reading Dairy of the Wimpy Kid. We think tomorrow’s Wonder is about motorcycles, roller coasters or race cars.

    • Hello, Calvin and Husnain! We think you guys ROCK for leaving us a comment and sharing your favorite books! We really like your ideas for what tomorrow’s Wonder might be about, too! We can’t wait to see if one of your guesses is correct! :-)

  16. Hi Wonderopolis,

    I loved today’s wonder but not as much as I love books! Are you a bookworm? I am! I think tomorrow’s wonder is about rides, but I’m not sure. I also love this site and all of the wonders!

    Sincerely, Mikayla R

    • Yes, there are LOTS of bookworms here in Wonderopolis, Mikayla! We like reading all sorts of books about all sorts of topics! Fiction, non-fiction…we just love books! Thank you for letting us know you are a bookworm, too! :-)

  17. I LOVE reading!! One of my favorite books is “The President’s Daughter”. My favorite series is “The Sisters Grimm”. It’s about descendants from the Brothers Grimm, and live in a town full of fairy-tale creatures and have to save the world.

    • Thanks so much for telling us what you think tomorrow’s Wonder will be about, Jaclyn! We would LOVE to WONDER more about roller coasters, so we hope you are right! :-)

    • That’s a super great guess, Abrianna! We appreciate you visiting Wonderopolis today and letting us know what you think the next Wonder will be about! :-)

    • It looks like you’re GREAT at making smiley faces, Eli! We appreciate all the ones you shared in your comment today…each one of them makes us smile! :-)

    • Your comment made us “lol,” Clayton! Thanks for exploring this Wonder about bookworms with us today and for being a GREAT Wonder Friend! :-)

  18. Bookworms are what make up the Best clasrooms! Reading Independently is an essential part of our day, as well as getting to know all those wonderful authors! Robert Munch, Eric Carle, Jan Brett, Leo Lioni, Patricia Polacco, Margaret Wise Brown, and so many more!

    • Thank you for inspiring your students to WONDER and READ, Malissa! We think it’s FANTASTIC that you have a classroom full of bookworms…that makes us SUPER HAPPY! :-)

    • Hi, Claire! That red thing is Hemmingway the Bookworm, and he “loves libraries!” We think he’s really funny and we like his accent, don’t you? :-)

  19. I love to read! Everywhere I go, I always have a book in my hand! When someone talks to me at home, I talk to them while I’m still reading! I can read 13 books in two days!

    • WOW, Katlyn! You are QUITE the BOOKWORM! We think it ROCKS that you enjoy reading so much! It’s one of our favorite things to do in Wonderopolis, too! :-)

  20. We are Bookworms!!! It was so exciting to hear my students discuss the literal meaning of a bookworm and then apply it to the metaphorical meaning. So cool. We even had students making analogies :) Thanks for keeping us WONDERING!

    • We LOVE bookworms! Hello to our bookworm friends in Mrs. Schnellbach’s class! We are all bookworms here at Wonderopolis… we Wonder if you’re reading a book in class right now? Thanks for sharing your comment with us today– we are glad you’re here! :)

  21. Hey Wonderopolis! Thanks for suggesting this for me!!! I LOVE reading, and I read it all the time. I have a huge collection of books, especially mystery, and I am the best reader in class.. Thanks so much for this wonder… And the video was HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!! :D

    • Hey Wondergirl11! How great– we thought this Wonder would make you smile! :)

      Ooohh, mystery novels are so much fun to read! Sometimes we can barely wait until the end– we want to know what happens! :) Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :)

    • HOORAY for reading, Coco! We LOVE to read books of all kinds here at Wonderopolis, and we’re so glad you do, too! Do you have a favorite book you’re reading now, or one that you want to read over and over again? :)

  22. What’s a top hat? I’ve never seen one and libraries are awesome so you can be really smart you know. What is a bookworm? I think they’re worms that are in books.

    • We’re glad you’ve been WONDERing with us today, Keedyn! It sounds like you’ve got some more Wonders of your own– we hope you’ll do some research to learn all about top hats! While a bookworm might be a worm found in a book, it’s actually a person who likes to read! Check out this Wonder for even more awesome information! :)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Are you a bookworm?
  • What is a bibliophile?
  • How can you help your friends become better readers?


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Are you ready to get caught reading this month? We hope so! If you’re looking for a new book to read, check out your school library or a local library in or near your hometown. Of course, you can always choose to browse through your books at home and pick an old favorite to re-read.

Take some time to think about some of your favorite books. What qualities of those books make you so fond of them? What kinds of stories do they tell?

If you’d like to share a favorite book of yours with your Wonder Friends, post about it on Facebook. Be sure to explain why you like the book so much and why you believe others will like it, too. We can’t wait to read your recommendations!

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