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Looking for a list of the best children's books about butterflies?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to butterflies. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about butterflies.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about butterflies can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Written by Judy Goldman & illustrated by Rene King Moreno and Judy Goldman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

A family celebrates Día de Muertos, a holiday for remembering those who have passed. When the monarch butterflies return to her Mexican countryside, Lupita knows that Día de Muertos, “the Day of the Dead,” is near. She and her favorite uncle watch the butterflies flutter in the trees. When a butterfly lands on Lupita’s hand, her uncle reminds her that she should never hurt a monarch because they are believed to be the souls of the departed. Lupita and her family get ready for the holiday. When the first of November arrives, the family will go to the cemetery to honor the memories of their loved ones. But this year is different—Lupita’s uncle cannot join them. Now, Lupita learns the true meaning of the celebration.

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Claudia & Moth
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A small girl with a passion for nature turns to her new passion for art as the seasons turn colder.

Claudia loves butterflies. Blue ones. Yellow ones. Purple ones with dots. And since she can’t take them home, she paints them in all their beautiful colors.

But when winter comes, there are no more butterflies to paint…until she finds a little moth. Suddenly, Claudia sees winter in a whole new light.

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Caterpillar to Butterfly
Written by Laura Marsh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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. With bonus information including different types of butterflies and poisonous caterpillars, this reader is one of a kind.This high-interest, educationally vetted series of beginning readers features the magnificent images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced, skilled children’s book authors.The inside back cover of the paperback edition is an interactive feature based upon the book. Level 1 books reinforce the content of the book with a kinesthetic learning activity. In Level 2 books readers complete a Cloze letter, or fun fill-in, with vocabulary words.National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

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Caterpillar Dreams
Written & 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.

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  • A Butterfly Is Patient - From the creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Seed Is Sleepy, and A Rock Is Lively comes this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing. Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for the classroom!

  • Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery - For decades, as the monarch butterflies swooped through every year like clockwork, people from Canada to the United States to Mexico wondered, “Where do they go?” In 1976 the world learned the answer: after migrating thousands of miles, the monarchs roost by the millions in an oyamel grove in Central Mexico’s mountains. But who solved this mystery? Was it the scientist or the American adventurer? The citizen scientists or the teacher or his students? Winged Wonders shows that the mystery could only be solved when they all worked as a team–and reminds readers that there’s another monarch mystery today, one that we all must work together to solve.

  • Great Migrations Butterflies - The monarch butterfly, one of the most seemingly delicate of all of nature’s animals, proves to be one of the toughest in this reader. Making the yearly trip from the Northern United States and Canada to the Oyamel forest of Mexico is no easy task, and it takes five generations of butterflies in order to do so. Battling cold temperatures and the threat of starvation, these beautiful insects complete an almost 3,000 mile journey over the course of two months, only to have to turn and around and head back home. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources.Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.

  • Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly - Velma starts first grade in the shadow of her memorable older sisters, and while her newfound interest in butterflies helps her to stand out, it also leads to an interesting complication.

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Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Caterpillar crawls from leaf to leaf, eating and waiting, all alone in a big, green world. Then Orange appears–Orange floats, and flits, and flies, graceful and beautiful. In this sweet, moving story of intergenerational friendship, a small caterpillar is befriended by a glorious monarch butterfly, and together they learn to see the world through each other’s eyes.

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The Very Impatient Caterpillar
Written by Ross Burach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This clever send-up of every child’s biggest challenge – being patient! – is a STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy about metamorphosis.* Super-charged. –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred reviewWill delight fans of Mo Willems’s Pigeon series… absolutely charming. –School Library JournalHEY! What are you guys doing?We’re going to metamorphosize.Meta-WHAT-now?Transform into butterflies.Right. Right. I knew that…WAIT?! You’re telling me I can become a BUTTERFLY?Yes.With wings?Yes.Wait for ME!!Ross Burach’s hilarious, tongue-in-cheek exploration of metamorphosis will make you flutter with glee, while also providing real facts about how caterpillars transform into butterflies.

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Moth: An Evolution Story
Written by Isabel Thomas & 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.

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Butterfly Battle
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Hi, I’m Phoebe, one of the kids in Ms. Frizzle’s class. When we started our unit on butterflies, I figured I would get to see a live butterfly – but I never thought I would get to be one. When Ms. Frizzle took us on our butterfly field trip, she accidentally turned us all into butterflies! Being a butterfly wasn’t all fun and games. We had to battle all kinds of things: wind, birds, even people! We knew we had to win this Butterfly Battle – before things got carried away….

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Out of Nowhere
Written & illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This charming and timeless tale of a beetle searching for a missing friend gently shows that true friendship endures through even the biggest of changes. Beetle and Caterpillar are best friends. Every day, they sit together on a big rock, sharing a picnic and looking out over the forest. But one day, Caterpillar goes missing and Beetle cannot find her. Beetle sets out on a long journey through the forest, but Caterpillar is nowhere to be seen. Beetle’s just about to give up when a friendly (and rather familiar) butterfly appears out of nowhere. Can it be Beetle’s friend? She may look different, but the love they feel for one another is the same as ever.

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  • Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! - Warning – this book contains top-secret information about butterflies! Prepare to be shocked and grossed out by this hilarious and totally true picture book introduction to a fascinating insect. Butterflies are beautiful and quiet and gentle and sparkly . . . but that’s not the whole truth. Butterflies can be GROSS. And one butterfly in particular is here to let everyone know! Talking directly to the reader, a monarch butterfly reveals how its kind is so much more than what we think. Did you know some butterflies enjoy feasting on dead animals, rotten fruit, tears and even poop? Some butterflies are loud, like the Cracker butterfly. Some are stinky – the smell scares predators away. Butterflies can be sneaky, like the ones who pretend to be ants to get free babysitting. This hilarious and refreshing book with silly and sweet illustrations explores the science of butterflies and shows that these insects are not the stereotypically cutesy critters we often think they are – they are fascinating, disgusting, complicated and amazing creatures.

  • Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly - NOW A HIT TV SERIES ON DISNEY JUNIORFancy 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. (Mad is way too plain for how she feels.) How Nancy overcomes her disappointment and reconnects with her family is a fun and meaningful story for young readers.Perfect for fans of the Eloise and Olivia books. From the dazzling New York Times bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser.This edition is a hardcover without a separate jacket.Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL!Fancy NancyFancy Nancy and the Posh PuppyFancy Nancy: Bonjour, ButterflyFancy Nancy: Splendiferous ChristmasFancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion BoutiqueFancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletFancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the UniverseFancy Nancy and the Wedding of the CenturyFancy Nancy 10th Anniversary EditionFancy Nancy: Saturday Night SleepoverFancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

  • Señorita Mariposa - 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.

  • Fly Flies - Fly just wants to have fun flying, but everyone she meets thinks she’s doing it all WRONG! Fly is happily practicing her flying in the park, doing some wibbles and some wobbles and some waveys. Blackbird, Seagull, Starling and Hawk take turns giving Fly advice about the best way to fly; fly in a straight line, glide on the wind, fly in a flock, dive onto your food…. Fly tries to take their advice on board, but each time finds that this is not HER way to fly. With a sweet, witty twist at the end, this is a delightful book about staying true to yourself in the face of people who insist they know better.

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Butterfly Park
Written by Elly MacKay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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. Elly MacKay’s luminous paper-cut illustrations and enchanting story encourage community, friendship, and wonderment in the beauty of everyday life. Free poster on reverse side of book jacket.

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Horrible Harry and the Dungeon
Written by Suzy Kline & illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

When a student at South School misbehaves, they are automatically sent to the Suspension Room–or The Dungeon, as it is called. The rumors are flying about what actually goes on down there, and Harry won’t be satisfied until he finds out for himself.

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Don't Worry Bear
Written & illustrated by Greg Foley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The star of Thank You Bear returns to make a new friend, as well as a wonderful discovery. When Caterpillar tells Bear that he is making a cocoon, Bear is worried. Will Caterpillar be safe? Will he be warm? Will he stay dry? Throughout the long winter, Caterpillar reassures him that all is fine. But the day comes when Caterpillar’s cocoon is empty and Bear begins worrying all over again. Until a beautiful silk moth lands on his paw. ?Don’t worry, Bear, ? he says. ?I?m right here.? Incredibly touching in its simplicity, Don’t Worry Bear reveals the very heart of friendship.

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Owly & Wormy, Friends All Aflutter!
Written by Andy Runton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Owly and Wormy want some butterflies. But when they come home from the nursery with a plant that will attract some fluttering friends, all that show up are fat, green bug things. Bug things are NOT butterflies! But, they are nice and fun and good at sleep outs under the stars and always up for a game of checkers. Fat, green bug might even be better than butterflies. Let’s be friends forever! But, the bug things can’t stay. When the bugs build their cocoons, Owly and Wormy think they have no friends left at all. They wait. And wait. And wait. And one day…their dreams have come true…and all a flutter! Owly’s friends are back…AND they’ve turned into butterflies. Bold, graphic and full of fun, this wordless storybook will give pre-readers the wings they need to start reading on their own, and a firm footing on the idea of metamorphosis.

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Butterflies on the First Day of School
Written by Annie Silvestro & illustrated by Dream Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rosie’s excited to start kindergarten–she’s had her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly. Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she greets a new friend, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! Soon, Rosie frees all her butterflies . . . and helps another shy student release hers, too.

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  • Caterpillar and Bean - Observe the ways plants and insects interact in a gentle introduction to growing for budding scientists. What’s that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And what’s that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger and bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant is growing, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods, as it reaches up toward the sun. Side by side, plant and insect grow . . . and grow . . . and grow throughout the year, until they come full circle. This fourth book in the First Science Storybook series uses simple, clear language and colorful illustrations to inspire very young readers as they learn about life cycles.

  • The Little Butterfly That Could - WHAT IF I CAN’T?”Will elicit plenty of giggles. – Kirkus ReviewsWhich way to the flowers?That way. 200 miles.How am I supposed to travel that far?!You fly.Can I take a plane?No.Then I’ll never make it!This comical companion to Ross Burach’s The Very Impatient Caterpillar pays loving homage to every child’s struggle to persist through challenges while also delivering a lighthearted lesson on butterfly migration. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, fly, fly again!

  • Counting Sheep - 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.”

  • The Icky Bug Counting Board Book - Introduces the characteristics and activities of insects and spiders from one zebra butterfly to twenty-six army ants.

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Willbee the Bumblebee
Written by Craig Smith and Maureen Thomson & illustrated by Katz Cowley
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

A catchy rhyme with endearing illustrations that will leave you buzzing!

“With his new jersey on, he got back his hum, all his bits were warmed up… even his bum!”

From the bestselling author and illustrator behind the million-copy The Wonky Donkey book comes Willbee the Bumblebee, a catchy rhyme with endearing illustrations that will leave you buzzing!

Willbee the bumblebee is so embarrassed when he realizes that his black-and-yellow jacket has caught on a rose thorn and completely unraveled, showing his bare bum! With help from Monica the butterfly and Steve the spider, Willbee recovers his jacket and is back to buzzing around the garden in no time.

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Rocket the Brave!
Written by Tad Hills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Kids are learning to read with Rocket! Tad Hills the #1 New York Times bestselling author is back with another Level 1 Step into Reading story about the beloved dog Rocket, this time about overcoming fear and being brave. Rocket, the star of the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, returns in an all-new Step 1 Step into Reading leveled reader. Rocket is happily chasing a butterfly through the meadow when she disappears into the woods. As much as Rocket wants to follow the butterfly, the woods look dark and scary. Can Rocket overcome his fear? With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves! Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. Perfect for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

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Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar
Written by Steve Wilson & 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!

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The Crunching Munching Caterpillar
Written by & illustrated by Jack Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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Butterfly Colors and Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Shennen Bersani and 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.

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  • Are You a Cat? - From the creator of Can Cat and Bird Be Friends comes a delightful story featuring an adorable cat and an inquisitive dog. Dogs chase cats. Everyone knows this, especially cats. When Dog wants to chase Cat, he politely asks, “are you a cat?” To outrun and outsmart Dog, Cat pretends to be other animals that dogs wouldn’t ordinarily want to chase. It’s a masterful plan indeed. But when an unexpected creature walks by, it’s impossible for Cat to play pretend for much longer. In a charming picture book filled with pleasing banter and hilarious quips, rising talent Coll Muir creates the perfect story about staying true to yourself. Perfect for fans of Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat.

  • Caterpillar to Butterfly - 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.

  • Where's My Mom? - A butterfly tries to help a lost young monkey find its mother in the jungle, meeting many different animals along the way.

  • Ten Magic Butterflies - 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.

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Summer Birds
Written by Margarita Engle & illustrated by Julie Paschkis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Documents the work of a young girl, Maria Merian, who lived during the Middle Ages and disproved the theory of spontaneous generation by observing caterpillars as they spun cocoons and emerged as butterflies and moths in the spring. By the author of the Newbery Honor Book, The Surrender Tree.

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Binkle's Time to Fly
Written by Sharmila Collins & illustrated by Carolina Rabei
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Binkle cant wait until he turns from caterpillar to butterfly. Hell finally have strong, beautiful wings to take him high into the sky! But when the day comes, something is terribly wrong. Why are Binkles wings so wispy and weak? How will he ever fly like the other butterflies if his wings are nothing like theirs?

Yet with some help and creativity, maybe theres more than one way to fly . . .

As this charming, gorgeously illustrated story reminds us, life can present us with unwelcome challenges, but inventive alternatives and the support of others can make all the difference.

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Elmer and Butterfly
Written & illustrated by David McKee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

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?

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The Social Butterfly
Written by Beth Bracken & 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.

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Born to Be a Butterfly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Children who are just learning to read will love to discover the changes that turn a caterpillar into a butterfly. Experience the exciting journey from the cocoon to the skies! Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in DK Readers, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children’s interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge. With DK Readers, children will learn to read–then read to learn!

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  • The Truth About Butterflies - Maxwell Eaton III’s The Truth About Butterflies is another hilarious addition to this fan favorite series. A funny, informational book to what butterflies are really like. This guide to the majestic butterfly walks you through its unique life cycle and offers anything you ever wanted to know about the colorful insect… perfect for bug lovers and insect enthusiasts!

  • Butterflies Belong Here: A Story of One Idea, Thirty Kids, and a World of Butterflies - Butterflies Belong Here is a powerful story of everyday activism and hope. In this moving story of community conservation, a girl finds a home in a new place and a way to help other small travelers. This book is about the real change children can make in conservation and advocacy–in this case, focusing on beautiful monarch butterflies. - From Deborah Hopkinson and Meilo So, the acclaimed team behind Follow the Moon Home- An empowering, classroom-ready read- The protagonist is a girl whose family has recently immigrated to the United States. I know what to look for: large black-and-orange wings with a border of small white specks, flitting from flower to flower, sipping nectar. But though I looked hard, I couldn’t find even one. I wondered if monarch butterflies belonged here. I wondered if I did, too. Butterflies Belong Here is proof that even the smallest of us are capable of amazing transformations. - Equal parts educational and heartwarming, this makes a great gift for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, science teachers, and educators.- Those interested in beautiful butterflies and everyday activism will find this lovely book both motivating and inspiring.- Perfect for children ages 5 to 8 years old- Add it to the shelf with books like Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre, The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall, and Greta and the Giants: Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s Stand to Save the World by Zoë Tucker

  • In My Flower - Turn the colorful die-cut pages of this irresistible board book to discover just what makes little butterfly’s flower so cozy. Bright pictures, sweet reassuring messages, unique layered pages, and an adorable finger puppet combine to create interactive reading and playtime fun!

  • The Mystery of the Monarchs - A gorgeous picture book based on the true story of a scientist who solves the mysteries of monarch butterfly migration–with the help of schoolchildren! A perfect story for nature lovers of all ages from the Caldecott Honor winning author of The Noisy Paint Box Young Fred Urquhart was fascinated by insects, especially his favorite, the monarchbutterfly. He wondered where monarchs spent the winter. No one knew. After he became an entomologist (bug scientist), Fred and his wife, Norah, tagged hundreds of butterflies, hoping to solve the mysteryof the monarchs. But they soon discovered that they needed help. They started a “butterfly family,” a community of children, teachers, and nature enthusiasts fromthree countries–Canada, the United States, and Mexico–to answer the question: Where do the monarchs go? Detailed materials in the back of the book include maps of monarch migration, the life cycle of the butterfly, and the cultural relevance of monarch butterflies in Mexico, as well as information on environmental efforts towards monarch conservation.

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Butterfly Counting
Written by Jerry Pallotta & 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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Butterfly Garden
Written by Margaret McNamara & illustrated by Mike Gordon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

The Robin Hill School first-graders learn about butterflies in this springtime Ready-to-Read! When a package arrives on Mrs. Connor’s desk, everyone is eager to find out what’s in it. Mrs. Connor hints that it’s something that changes from one thing to another. The children soon discover that it’s not a monster or a superhero, but a jar with five caterpillars. The class is going to learn about the life cycle of butterflies! They patiently watch as the caterpillars eat and eat and grow and grow, become chrysalises, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. And all the children agree that butterflies are “even better than a superhero.”

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Billy Bunny and the Butterflies
Written & 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.

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Racing with Butterflies
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Welcome to The Nature Club!The Nature Club books invite you to explore the outdoors with Izzy, Tai, Brooke, Zack, and Miguel. Through their adventures, they learn to help the wildlife they love while helping each other with the challenges of growing up. Will Tai’s horse ride in the rodeo?Tai and his horse, Dune, are preparing for a rodeo competition. When Dune mysteriously becomes ill, a neighbor blames the milkweed plants in Tai’s pasture and tells Tai he must remove them. When Tai learns that monarch butterflies–including one he named Dana–depend on the plants, he becomes conflicted. How can he save both Dune and the monarchs? Things get even more complicated when Tai’s mother visits. Are his parents getting back together? As Tai struggles to save Dune, the butterflies, and his family, he learns relationships aren’t as simple as he’d thought.”Racing with Butterflies is engaging, fun to read, and accurate in its depiction of monarch natural history–it will draw in young readers while helping them understand why we should all care for monarchs.”–Dr. Scott Black, executive director, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

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Secret World of Butterflies
Written by Courtney Sina Meredith & 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.

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