18 Children's Books About Butterfly

Updated Jan. 17, 2019
Caterpillar Dreams book
#1
Caterpillar Dreams
Written and illustrated by Clive McFarland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Very Hungry Caterpillar meets Giraffes Can’t Dance in this sweet coming of age story about finding one’s courage. All Henri the Caterpillar has is a dream. It’s an amazing, incredible, impossible dream. And to chase it, Henri will have to leave the safety of his garden and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Written and illustrated by the award-winning creator of A Bed for Bear, Clive McFarland, Caterpillar Dreams is the inspiring story of what can happen when you dare to believe in yourself.

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar book
#2
Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar
Written by Steve Wilson and illustrated by Lucy Trapper
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

In this sequel to Hedgehugs, Horace and Hattie return for another sweet story of friendship. It's spring! And everything is colorful—rainbows in the sky and flowers blossoming on trees. When Horace and Hattie Hedgehog see a caterpillar become a butterfly and take flight, they decide to try a transformation of their own. When these two best friends put their minds to solving a problem, nothing can stand in their way!

Ten Magic Butterflies book
#3
Ten Magic Butterflies
Written by Danica McKellar and illustrated by Jennifer Bricking
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Fairies, butterflies, and magic help to make this math-focused board book from the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Goodnight, Numbers" and star of "The Wonder Years" positively enchanting! Full color.

Butterfly Colors and Counting book
#4
Butterfly Colors and Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, Jerry Pallotta
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ten species of butterflies from around the world are depicted to invite young readers to practice recognizing colors and counting from one to ten.

The Icky Bug Counting Board Book book
#5
The Icky Bug Counting Board Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Ralph Masiello
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces the characteristics and activities of insects and spiders from one zebra butterfly to twenty-six army ants.

Señorita Mariposa book
#6
Señorita Mariposa
Written by Ben Gundersheimer and illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish. Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter–and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. 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.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs book
#7
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Let's Discover Bugs
Written and illustrated by Andrea Cascardi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Enticing and educational guides to our feathered friends and all things creepy-crawly, featuring artwork from the We're Going On a Bear Hunt animated special. Ants, spiders, and butterflies, oh my! Readers will learn about all sorts of bugs and insects in this guide for eager young entomologists. Whether the plan is to scour the house for crawling critters or venture out on a big bug hunt, this book is teeming with information on where to search for bugs, how to plan an excursion, and more -- including buggy activities and stickers.

Billy Bunny and the Butterflies book
#8
Billy Bunny and the Butterflies
Written and illustrated by Maurice Pledger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A one-of-a-kind adventure with Billy Bunny! Billy Bunny is on an adventure, looking for butterflies. He looks here and there and--well--everywhere, and bumps into various forest friends along the way. Travel along with Billy Bunny in this lift-a-flap journey and see what pops up around every twist and turn! Billy Bunny and the Butterflies is a charming story full of captivating illustrations that children will love.

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet book
#9
Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
Written and illustrated by Jacqueline Kelly
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

In rural Texas in 1901, thirteen-year-old Callie nurses a butterfly with a broken wing and delivers a baby lamb, despite her mother's disapproval of Callie's "unladylike behavior."

Social Butterfly book
#10
Social Butterfly
Written by Beth Bracken and illustrated by Sofia Cardoso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Charlotte loves playing and talking with her friends, but very often she plays and talks too much, and at school she has to learn that sometimes it is necessary to listen and let her friends and teacher do the talking.

10 Blue Butterflies book
#11
10 Blue Butterflies
Written and illustrated by Sam Williams
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Try to spy the small, colorful animals hidden inside the big pictures! Can you find 1 red ladybug nestled among hundreds of multicolored ladybugs? How about 2 orange fish or 6 brown bears? And since chameleons hide everywhere, can you count how many are concealed among the other animals throughout the book? Sam Williams' stunning, bright illustrations make this a wonderful search and counting book to teach and enjoy.

Butterflies in Room 6 book
#12
Butterflies in Room 6
Written and illustrated by Caroline Arnold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Kindergarteners raise butterflies from egg to adult in this close-up look at the insect life cycle. Follow a classroom of real kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity: raising butterflies. Astonishing photographs show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult. Engaging text captures the children's wonder and explains the science behind metamorphosis.

Caterpillar to Butterfly book
#13
Caterpillar to Butterfly
Written and illustrated by Frances Barry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Open out the petal-shaped pages, one by one, and watch a transformation unfold. First there's a tiny egg on a leaf, then a caterpillar hatching, just big enough to see. Look at the caterpillar munching away, growing and shedding layers of skin so it can grow some more. Follow as it spins a thread into a green and golden chrysalis, hanging in the sun. Are you ready to see a glorious transformation when all the page turns are done? Cleverly leading readers through each stage of the caterpillar's life cycle, Caterpillar to Butterfly is sure to set curiosity into flight.

Moth book
#14
Moth
Written by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Daniel Egneus
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection. “This is a story of light and dark...” Against a lush backdrop of lichen-covered trees, the peppered moth lies hidden. Until the world begins to change... Along come people with their magnificent machines which stain the land with soot. In a beautiful landscape changed by humans how will one little moth survive? A clever picture book text about the extraordinary way in which animals have evolved, intertwined with the complication of human intervention. This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children.

How Does a Butterfly Grow? book
#15
How Does a Butterfly Grow?
Written and illustrated by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From egg to hungry caterpillar, to beautiful, fluttery butterfly, this picture book with flaps follows the complete life cycle of a butterfly. With sturdy board book pages and exciting flaps to lift, it's the perfect life cycle book for young children. This captivating nature book will entertain and educate preschoolers. They'll love finding out about each life cycle stage, as they follow the fascinating pictures and listen to the fun and friendly text. Beautifully illustrated, the book starts by showing all sorts of colorful butterflies. Then through the story of the swallowtail, children learn how a butterfly grows. Close-up photos show the mommy swallowtail laying her eggs, the tiny caterpillar hatching and growing, and the pretty butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. The fully grown swallowtail's scaly, brightly patterned wings lift up from the page as fluttery flaps, and more flaps reveal three other caterpillars transforming into incredible butterflies and an amazing moth. As well as the butterfly life cycle, the book includes other butterfly facts, such as how they feed, how they spread pollen, and how they are similar and different to moths. Perfect for reading aloud, and with stage by stage pictures that tell the butterfly story, every page is easy to follow, and the combination of exciting, crystal-clear photos and charming artwork will hold the interest of the very young. With a friendly approach to life cycle science for young learners, How Does a Butterfly Grow? is an informative picture book to share and enjoy. It makes a great educational gift.

Butterfly book
#16
Butterfly
Written and illustrated by Grace Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With this series children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant confident readers alike.

Secret World of Butterflies book
#17
Secret World of Butterflies
Written by Courtney Sina Meredith and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, do a dark red poo when they come out of their chrysalises, and that some drink the tears of crocodiles? How does the world look to them, do they ever sleep, and how are some of them able to fly so high? This book, covering all sorts of international butterflies, will open your eyes to these magical creatures around us.

Butterfly Counting book
#18
Butterfly Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Shennen Bersani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Count from one to twenty-six and learn about the many different kids of butterflies in the world. Gorgeous art by Shennen Bersani brings these beautiful insects to life, and Jerry Pallotta’s signature humor and amazing facts make this a great read for all ages.

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