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10 Children’s Books on Caterpillars and Butterflies

10 Children's Books on Caterpillars and Butterflies

1.) Waiting on Wings

This delightful story explains the life cycle of the butterfly in a clear, enjoyable way that young children will understand. The rich language with many action verbs and the author’s clever use of rhyme make this book appealing to young children. The size of the illustrations are consistent with the story grammar as the pictures are largest at the point of climax in the story- when the butterflies are ready to fly. The illustrations are very brilliant in color which will appeal to young children. The end papers and title page are illustrated and a part of the story. The cover opens up to a large flower garden with the title on the right side. Descriptions of butterflies, flowers and how to grow a butterfly garden are included. Purchase on Amazon

2.) Ten Little Caterpillars

This beautifully illustrated book follows ten caterpillars, each one a different species, on their journey towards becoming butterflies. The closing pages feature wonderful pictures matching each species of caterpillar with the type of butterfly they become. It’s a story that’s appealing to children of many ages, whether they’re working on counting to ten, or doing a caterpillar/butterfly project for school.  It’s a great supplementary book for science projects too. Buy on Amazon

3.) Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story

Beautiful illustrations. Love the collage elements of the pictures! This book is a treasure to be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Even the insides of the cover are beautiful; such a simple touch, but it adds a good bit of aesthetic value to the book. The introduction page with the information on Glasswing butterflies is also a great addition to the book. The story is simple enough for young children, but manages to be educational too. The idea of bringing “life” back into the city is inspiring. The “starry night, city lights” illustration is particularly striking. All of the pictures are incredibly rich with detail. Each time I go thru the pages I notice some small detail that escaped me previously. People in the windows; the detailing on the top of a fence; all sorts of small critters creeping and crawling and flying around. Wonderful book! Buy on Amazon
4.) Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly

Kids will love to see the magic of metamorphosis with Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly, an 8×8 illustrated storybook.

Pinkalicious is so excited when Miss Penny brings monarch caterpillars to class. She makes friends with one and watches as it turns into a pinkamazing butterfly! Comes with some cute stickers too! Purchase on Amazon

5.) Charlie the Caterpillar

Book has a mistake uses cocoons for chrysalis. This is an older book and one that gets mixed reviews. How many of us can remember being ridiculed as children because we weren’t the tallest, or the strongest, or the prettiest kid in class, or because Mom and Dad couldn’t afford the latest designer sneakers, errr, athletic footwear, for us? This may be an old message, but it is obvious that it is a message kids still need to hear, more than just once. Frankly, I’ve known plenty of adults who still haven’t learned this simple lesson.
“Charlie the Caterpillar” is a wonderful and warm story about the difference between shallow sycophants and true friends. The illustrations are definitely the highlight of the book; Charlie and Katie are downright huggable. Far from being cartoonish, the caterpillars have a real depth to them. Buy on Amazon


6.) Are You a Butterfly?

It does a very appropriate job of explaining the life cycle of the butterfly in terms a preschooler can understand. The illustrations are also quite nice, not too detailed or flowery, not too plain. They complement the simple text very well.

This particular book’s special quality is in the way it invites the reader to imagine what it’s like to be a butterfly. My preschoolers greatly enjoy “acting out” the book, starting as a caterpillar eating its way out of an egg. The text is perfect for a simple preschooler “play”. It gives them a creative way to move and physically explore what they’ve learned. Buy it on Amazon.


7.) My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

Before I read this book I thought of the old Cat in the Hat books from MY childhood days. Books with silly rhyming and fluff. Books that were fillers of time but didn’t always teach you important information.

Oh, this book changed my outlook on the series. Today, I have several books from the series.  I was surprised with all the information they can pack into rhyming content. I pick and chose the pages I like to read, the book is about 45 pages. Purchase on Amazon

8.) Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly

If you haven’t heard of Fancy Nancy yet, you are missing out.  This book will make you change directions from the traditional butterfly/caterpillar books for the week.

How do you handle disappointment? Dealing with negative feelings?  Nancy’s best friend Bree is having a butterfly birthday party,
They make invitations and try on butterfly costumes.

When Nancy’s mom tells her she can’t go, because it is on the same day as her grandparents anniversary party, Nancy is heartbroken.

When she sees her grandparents, she perks up, a little. Nancy has so much fun at the party, she forgets to be furious. Purchase on Amazon


9.) Bye, Bye, Butterflies!

I enjoy the drawings in this book.  All the people have extra large heads and the windows are crooked.  Much how, I draw.  Gives the book character.

One day on a walk with his dad Charlie sees some boys and girls on the rooftop of the school saying goodbye as they release butterflies up into the sky. Charlie is amazed by all the butterflies flying around and wishes he could do something like that too. When Charlie starts Kindergarten the next year he becomes a “butterfly scientist” as well and helps his teacher and classmates care for some teeny tiny caterpillars as they grow into butterflies and are released by Charlie and his class. For me, it pulled on my heart strings a little. Happy to raise them, sad to let them go. Buy on Amazon


10.) Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

For Velma, the littlest Gratch, entering the first grade people barely remember her name. Although they have lovely memories for her older sisters. That all changes when she attends a school field trip to the Butterfly Conservatory and a monarch lands on Velma’s finger and won’t budge for days.

This book is for anyone who has felt their siblings had special gifts and that they may not have. It so solidly informs us that we all are unique and special, and is beautifully written and illustrated in tune with this message. Buy it now on Amazon

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