The children in my class loved learning about Butterflies and Caterpillars and making stained glass butterflies, fingerprint caterpillars and eating butterfly strawberry snacks. The books in this Butterfly & Caterpillar Themed Booklist for kids made the week so much more enjoyable. I hope you and your kids will love it too!
Butterfly & Caterpillar Themed Booklist for kids
The Very Hungry caterpillar, by Eric carle
A classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a beautiful butterfly.
The Butterfly Alphabet Book, by Brian Cassie
Welcome to the wonder and beauty of butterflies! Look through the wings of a Transparent, marvel at the size of the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, and try to find the camouflaged Indian Leaf Butterfly! Learn about these amazing butterflies, and more, as you read from A to Z about a group of the world’s most beautiful insects.
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
“I don’t know much, but I know what I know. I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!” The creepy-crawly bug doesn’t know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is. Then an everyday miracle occurs, bringing a transformation that will help her fulfill her destiny.
Hurry and the Monarch, by Antoine O Flatharta
When the beautiful orange Monarch on her fall migration route from Canada to Mexico stops to rest at Wichita Falls, Texas, she makes friends with an old tortoise called Hurry. She tells him, “Maybe one day you’ll break out of that shell, grow wings, and fly away,” and then she is off again with millions of other Monarchs. In the spring, she stops again at Hurry’s garden just long enough to lay her eggs and head north to Canada
Butterfly Boy, by Virginia Kroll
Every sunny afternoon, Emilio wheels his grandfather outside to watch the butterflies. Emilio’s grandfather can no longer speak, but Emilio can see happiness in the older man’s eyes as he watches butterflies dance through the air. But one day the butterflies fly away. Can Emilio bring them back and make his grandfather smile with more than just his eyes?
Ten Little Caterpillars, by Bill Martin Jr
Ten little caterpillars are out and about in our big, wide world–come join them! You never know what you might find. . . . A butterfly, perhaps?
Clara Caterpillar, by Pamela Duncan Edwards
A carefree cabbage caterpillar named Clara, who becomes a common cream-colored butterfly, can′t possibly compete with a catty, conceited caterpillar named Catisha, who becomes a captivating crimson-colored butterfly. Or can she?
Waiting for Wings, by Lois Ehlert
Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat–and how?
Ten Wriggle, Wiggly Caterpillars, by Tiger Tales
Join the bright, bold caterpillars as they travel around the meadow on a sunny day in this fun book that counts down from 10 to 1.
Caterpillar to Butterfly, by Laura Marsh
Butterflies are all around us. It’s hard to believe these majestic insects with impressive wingspans and beautifully colored and patterned wings were once creepy crawly caterpillars. How in the world does this transformation happen? This Level 1 Reader gives kids an up-close look at exactly how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
Elmer and Butterfly, by David McKee
One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return, she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. But just how can a butterfly ever help an elephant?
Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly, by Jane o’ Conner
Fancy Nancy thinks butterflies are simply exquisite. And that is why she can’t wait for her friend Bree’s Butterfly Birthday. It’s going to be the fanciest birthday party ever! But when Nancy finds out she can’t go because her grandparents’ fiftieth anniversary party is the same day, she is furious.
The Creepy, Crawly Caterpillar, by Judith Nicholls
The Creepy Crawly Caterpillar tells the story of the life cycle of a butterfly from egg to adult.
Are you a Butterfly? by Judy Allen
Caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly; follow the metamorphosis of this familiar backyard creature as it evolves into a delicate flying insect.
A Butterfly is patient, by Dianna Aston
An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated in this book, in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing.
My, Oh My – a Butterfly! by Tish Rabe
With a little help from the Cat in the Hat, Sally and Dick observe a small miracle in their own backyard—the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly!
The Reason for a Flower, by Ruth Heller
The reason for a flower is to manufacture seeds, but a lot more are shared about parts of plants and their functions.
Senorita Mariposa, by Ben Gundersheimer
Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.
Monarch Butterfly, by Gail Gibbons
Follow the transformation from a tiny white egg laid on a leaf to a brilliantly colored butterfly in this kid-friendly introduction to metamorphosis.
Butterfly Park, by Elly Mackay
When a little girl moves to a new town, she finds a place called Butterfly Park. But when she opens the gate, there are no butterflies. Determined to lure the butterflies in, the girl inspires her entire town to help her. And with their combined efforts, soon the butterflies — and the girl — feel right at home.
How to raise Monarch Butterflies, by Carol Pasternak
Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies is made easy with the help of this detailed guide.
Butterfly Butterfly, by Petr Horacek
Lucy sees a beautiful butterfly in the garden, along with a bright green beetle, a brilliant blue dragonfly, some red ladybugs, and many more flying and crawling things. But when will the radiant butterfly appear again?
Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly, by Victoria Kann
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!
Ten Magic Butterflies, by Danica McKellar
Join ten flower friends for a night of excitement that mixes a little math with a lot of magic. As each flower turns into a butterfly, children will discover different ways to group numbers to create ten, an essential building block of math, all while watching each flower’s dream come true
I Spy a Butterfly, by Jean Marzollo
All-new, easy-to-read riddles by Jean Marzollo are paired with fun photographs culled from previously published I Spy books to create the ninth I Spy reader. With rhythm, rhyme, and picture clues, this book is written to support the newest reader.
La Mariposa, by Francisco Jimenez
In his first year of school, Francisco understands little of what his teacher says. But he is drawn to the silent, slow-moving caterpillar in the jar next to his desk. He knows caterpillars turn into butterflies, but just how do they do it? To find out, he studies the words in a butterfly book so many times that he can close his eyes and see the black letters, but he still can’t understand their meaning.