Kid’s Books about Butterflies

Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies. We’ve been learning how to grow butterflies, we’ve been enjoying some butterfly crafts. Of course I was going to make sure we had plenty of butterfly kid’s books around!

This list contains some of our favorite butterfly books. I went to the library (like always) but if you use the links below to purchase these books it will be supporting A Mom with a Lesson Plan. So thanks!

4 butterfly storybooks + 4 non-fiction butterfly books for kids

Kids Story Books about Butterflies

Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell Pictures by Megan Halsey. In this kid’s book a roomful of students set up a growing station for caterpillars. The author and illustrator cover the entire butterfly life cycle as the kids in the class experience what is happening.

Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story by Elisa Kleven. The glasswing butterfly is so beautiful and magical. I had no idea they even existed until reading this book. The bright colorful pictures and the sweet story of an invisible butterfly who loses her family are so fun, but it was the real life picture and description at the front of the book that got my attention.

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes. This one is a favorite around here. We found this book at the library last year and Little M carried it around for weeks. We checked it out again this year and fell in love all over again. Velma is the youngest in a family of girls. Her sisters are both great at something and the book goes through Velma’s search to find her “thing”. Can you guess what her “thing” might be?

Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly by Stephen R. Swinburne and illustrated by Bruce Hiscock. This fun story follows a yellow butterfly with a notch in its wing as it migrates from a rain forest in the Yucatan Peninsula to southern Vermont.

4 Non-Fiction Butterfly Kids Books + 4 Butterfly Storybooks for kids

Kid’s Non-Fiction Books about Butterflies

The non-fiction butterfly books that I checked out were all pretty much the same. They have big bright pictures. They talk about the butterfly life cycle, predictors and migration. These four were the ones I liked the best but you’ll probably find what you’re looking for in any of the non-fiction butterfly books for kids.

Butterflies (Blastoff! Readers: World of Insects) by Martha E. H. Rustad
Butterfly (Watch Me Grow)
Butterflies (Insects) by Julie Murray
Butterflies (Under the Microscope: Backyard Bugs) by Suzanne Slade

Butterfly Book with a Purpose

4 butterfly storybooks + 4 non-fiction butterfly books for kids

I was recently sent a copy of Butterflies Keep Flying by Ali Pfautz. What a beautiful book! The story is of a butterfly who sometimes wishes to be bigger, stronger and louder. As the butterfly flutters through this story she finds that she is strong and able to protect herself in special ways.

The book is written for children with Epidermolysis Bullosa (a disease that causes skin as delicate as butterfly wings). But it is really a great book for any little one who has ever needed a reminder that even though they might feel small and fragile at times, they are also very strong.

Do you have a favorite butterfly book? 

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This post originally appeared May 9, 2014.


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