Butterfly Book Roundup

This week. Little M. and I have been exploring the life and anatomy of butterflies. Here are some of the best books we read this week. (Our favorite is at the bottom!)

(If you missed it, don't forget to check out the DIY Butterfly Wings for Dress Up Play, Butterfly Letter Craft, and the Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft that we did earlier in the week!  I may update this list as we find new cool books about butterflies!

10. I'm a Caterpillar, by Jean Marzolla & Judith Moffatt: This is an adorably illustrated little book which describes the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. It is written in the voice of the butterflies themselves in very simple short sentences that wouldn't be too difficult for a beginning reader.

9. Watch Me Grow: Butterfly, by Lisa Magloff: Part of DK's Watch Me grow series. Describes the life cycle of an unspecified little yellow butterfly from the perspective of the butterfly itself. Also lists some facts about various species of butterflies at the end. The text is filled with spectacular photography and detailed text that will be engaging to older children and younger children with exceptional attention spans.

8. Explore My World: Butterflies, by Marfe Ferguson Delano: This is such a neat little nonfiction book by National Geographic. Factual information is presented in very easy to read/understand chunks. More attention is paid to cool facts or adaptations of various butterfly species than the life cycle. Great addition to your butterfly book collection.

7. Butterflies, by Lisa J. Amstutz: This book introduces topics relating to butterflies in an easy approachable way which appeals to younger readers. Reading this with your child, you will discover the parts of a butterfly as well as information about a butterfly's life cycle.

6. Flutter, Butterfly!, by Shelby Alinsky: This is a lovely nonfiction selection from National Geographic that explains the life cycle of butterflies in a simple easy to understand way. Each page features simple to read sentences (great for beginning readers) and crisp inviting photographs.

5. Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Laura Marsh: Learn about the butterfly life cycle, butterfly adaptations, the differences between butterflies and moths, and more in this nonfiction book from National Geographic. Information is richly presented through text, diagrams, and lists, giving children multiple ways to learn about the subject matter and practice the skills necessary to understand nonfiction in general.

4. Great Migrations: Butterflies, by Laura Marsh: Yet another title by National Geographic. This book focuses on the lives of the generations of monarch butterflies that originate from Mexico in the spring and then fly back again come autumn. Very captivating subject matter and photographs make this book a great choice for older children looking to explore the subject more deeply. Little M. was fascinated by the predatory animals that ate the butterflies.

3. Starting Life: Butterfly, by Claire Llewellyn & Simon Mendez: This book provides a fantastic timeline for understanding the life cycle of a butterfly with progressive longer pages (so that you can see all of the steps from page one). This allows the reader to get an excellent synopsis of what they are about to read. The text is quite detailed, however Little M. was absolutely enthralled by the descriptions of the changes that the organism undergoes. I would definitely recommend this for older readers, but I would also try this book as a challenging selection for younger readers with solid attention spans.

2. Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors, by Petr Horacek: In this colorful text, a young child searches through a garden for a butterfly. Along the way, she finds all sorts of colorful creatures. At the end, the reader is rewarded with a gorgeous pop up style butterfly. This book is a phenomenal way to discuss colors with your child as well as the insects that are emerging outdoors this time of year.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle: This wonderful children's classic chronicles the life of a butterfly from the tiny egg it hatches from to when it emerges from its chrystalis as a beautiful butterfly. This book is a great review of days of the week. Use the sequence of events in the story to discuss time (first, next, after that, finally, etc). You can also use this book as an opportunity to discuss numbers and counting. Counting the apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges gives your child the opportunity to practice counting numbers 1-5. Counting the other foods will give your child the chance to count numbers 1-10 as well. The short simple sentences also make this a great read for babies and younger toddlers who may have shorter attention spans.  (Also, if you have Netflicks, check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Stories).

So, what are your favorite books about butterflies?  Did we miss anything?  Let us know in the comments below, and don't forget to share this list if you found it helpful.  You may also enjoy our roundup of books about rain, seeds, wind, or rabbits.


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