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Butterflies, Moths And Caterpillars: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about butterflies, moths and caterpillars?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to butterflies, moths and caterpillars. 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, moths and caterpillars.

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, moths and caterpillars 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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Mrs. Peanuckle's Bug Alphabet
Written by Mrs. Peanuckle & illustrated by Jessie Ford
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of interesting bugs. Perfect to read aloud, this creepy, crawly adventure will engage children and parents alike with its vibrant illustrations and fascinating facts about bugs. Learning the ABCs has never been so bitingly fun! Mrs. Peanuckle’s Bug Alphabet is the fourth title in a series of board books celebrating the joy of nature at home and in the backyard, from fresh fruits and vegetables to birds, flowers, and trees.

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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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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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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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  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar - 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.

  • 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.

  • Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar - Pete the Cat meets a super-cool caterpillar in the first Pete the Cat Level 1 I Can Read tale from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator James Dean!Pete thinks he found a new best friend. But when his caterpillar goes missing, Pete has to find out what happened to his new friend. Pete is in for one wild surprise at the end!Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar is a Level I Can Read book, complete with original illustrations from the creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean, and is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

  • 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.

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A Butterfly Is Patient
Written by & illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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!

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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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Backyard Bug Book for Kids: Storybook, Insect Facts, and Activities
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Crawl into the wonderful world of bugs–a fun photographic adventure for kids ages 3 to 5Take your child on an educational adventure bursting with the kinds of colorful photographs you need in bug books for kids.The Backyard Bug Book for Kids has everything you’d want in bug books for kids: a story, pictures, and activities combined. Introduce your little one to the types of bugs they’re likely to see during their day, then help them remember what they’ve learned with fun, on-the-page challenges.Go beyond other bug books for kids with: Bugs galore―Learn cool facts about familiar insects: ladybugs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and more.Amazing pictures―See creepy crawlies up close with big and colorful photos.Exciting activities―Continue the learning with all kinds of bug-themed activities.Give your child a bug’s-eye view of the world with this must-have title for anyone interested in bug books for kids.

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Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story of a World-Traveling Bug Hunter
Written by Christine Evans & illustrated by Yasmin Imamura
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Back in 1881, when Evelyn Cheesman was born, English girls were expected to be clean and dressed in frilly dresses. But Evelyn crawled in dirt and collected glow worms in jars. When girls grew up they were expected to marry and look after children. But Evelyn took charge of the London Zoo insect house, filling it with crawling and fluttering specimens and breathing life back into the dusty exhibits. In the early 1920s, women were expected to stay home, but Evelyn embarked on eight solo expeditions to distant islands. She collected over 70,000 insect specimens, discovered new species, had tangles with sticky spider webs, and tumbled from a cliff. Inspire children to believe in their dreams and blaze their own trail with the story of Evelyn’s amazing life!

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Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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  • 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

  • The Caterpillar and the Polliwog - Impressed by the proud caterpillar’s boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too.

  • I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar - The very hungry caterpillar shows appreciation, and love, for all the things fathers do for their children.

  • What's Your Favorite Bug? - In this companion to “What’s Your Favorite Animal?” and “What’s Your Favorite Color?,” Carle and 14 other beloved children’s book artists illustrate their favorite bugs and explain why they love them. Full color.

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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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Where's the Ladybug?
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Five beautifully illustrated spreads show a series of friendly bugs hiding behind bright felt flaps. And there’s a mirror on the final page! A perfect book to share with very little ones.

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Caterpillar and Bean
Written by Martin Jenkins & illustrated by Hannah Tolson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

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The Little Butterfly That Could
Written & illustrated by Ross Burach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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!

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Not So Small at All
Written & illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Have you ever felt like you’re just too small to do important stuff in the world at all? Well, take a closer look, and then you’ll see that the smallest of things are as AMAZING as can be! Little things are capable of giant accomplishments. Bees, butterflies, and little children too may seem small but are actually full of great strength and incredible potential! Each one is unique, and capable of making big changes in the world.

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  • Willbee the Bumblebee - 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.

  • Bugs Everywhere - There are bugs everywhere! Some of them live in jungles, some of them underwater, and some certainly live in your house. And all of them are fascinating! Britta Teckentrup’s work will enthral budding entomologists. This nonfiction volume from a much-loved illustrator simply sparks with personality and is chock-full of weird and wonderful facts about all kinds of creepy-crawlies.

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  • Butterfly Colors and Counting - 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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Ten Magic Butterflies
Written by Danica McKellar & 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.

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Eric Carle's Book of Many Things
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Learn over 200 words with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other favorite friends from the World of Eric Carle. Children will have hours of fun learning first words and first concepts in this beautiful book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From things in the garden to things you can eat, from numbers to shapes, from colors to feelings, this is the perfect way for little ones to learn what they need to navigate their busy worlds.

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Not a Bean
Written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez & illustrated by Laura González
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A Mexican jumping bean isn’t a bean at all. It’s a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar! With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean’s daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod.

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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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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Easter Colors
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Celebrate the bright and cheerful colors of Easter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The colors of the rainbow jump off the page in this colorful celebration of the Easter season. Young readers will love learning about colors along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this delightful board book filled with the joyful art of Eric Carle.

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  • Inch by Inch - To keep from being eaten, an inchworm measures a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak, a heron’s legs, and a nightingale’s song.

  • Happy Birthday from the Very Hungry Caterpillar - This gorgeous little gift book from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday!” Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a celebration of everyone’s special day. This beautiful book features Eric Carle’s bright, colorful artwork of birthday surprises–from presents to balloons, and of course, cake–with The Very Hungry Caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one. This book is the perfect birthday gift for readers young and old.

  • Hello Bugs, What Do You Do? - Introduce children to a variety of bugs, and insects—including a butterfly, ladybug, beetle, bee, and dragon fly. Each creature is identified plus their action. This simple concept is elevated with exquisite illustrations. One of a series.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eats Lunch - Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for one of his favorite meals of the day: lunch! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is very hungry . . . for lunch! With die-cut pages, a simple narrative, and beautiful artwork from Eric Carle, this interactive board book is the perfect way to introduce the midday meal. From mac and cheese and sandwiches to salads and tacos, there’s something everyone will enjoy. This book will become a staple in the kitchen for even the littlest food critic in training!

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The Flying Light
Written & illustrated by Yuanhao Yang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Enter a mystical world where a man and his strange pet lizard attempt to lure luminous flying creatures to their town. Through innovative wordless storytelling and wonderfully detailed panel illustrations that invite children to use their imagination, this story will light up the lives of those in search of direction and allow each reader to interpret it according to their own unique vision of the world.

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The Bug Book
Written & illustrated by Sue Fliess
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Grab your bucket and join the search for all the cool bugs outside!

This fun rhyming story lists all the bugs you can imagine—creep bugs, climb bugs, sticky-slime bugs! Discover the vast world of insects in this photo-filled book.

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Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta & illustrated by Shennen Bersani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This nature alphabet book from best-selling author Jerry Pallotta features moths (not butterflies!) of all shapes and sizes. Meet dozens of moths–and a few bonus creatures–with engaging text and a laugh-out-loud narrative, from A (Atlas Moth) to G (Green Lips Moth–no kissing allowed!) to J (Jersey Tiger Moth, whose underwings are a completely different color than their upper wings, not to be confused with their underwear) to Z (Zigzag Moth). Readers of all ages will be entertained (and learning!) with every page turn.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Winter
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

There are so many ways to spend a chilly winter day. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar and explore everything winter has to offer! Welcome winter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends in this sensory exploration of the season. Discover the very best of this time of year: snowy days full of play, the sounds of birds chirping atop a snowman, the smell of cookies fresh from the oven, and so much more!

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How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won't Mind Their Manners
Written by & illustrated by Howard McWilliam
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Full of scientific facts, humor and just the right amount of yuck, How Rude! will make you scream “gross!” Featuring a countdown of the top 10 bad bugs who just won’t mind their manners. One part illustration and one part photography, How Rude! is hilarious, informative, and seriously gross!

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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Summer - There are so many ways to spend a sunny summer day. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar and explore everything the season has to offer! Celebrate summer with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends in this exploration of the season. Young readers can learn all about seasonal sensory experiences, like listening to noisy bugs, feeling the warm sunshine, smelling the yummy scents of a cookout, and so much more!

  • Butterfly Counting - 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.

  • How Does a Butterfly Grow? - 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.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Spring - There are so many ways to spend a bright spring day. Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar and explore everything the season has to offer! Celebrate spring with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends in this exploration of the season. Young readers can learn all about seasonal sensory experiences, like watching clouds change shapes, feeling cool rain on your skin, sniffing fresh blooming flowers, and so much more!

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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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Molly's Moon Mission
Written & illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

A little moth with big dreams plans to show everyone just how far she can go in this sweet celebration of space and the spirit of adventure. Molly the moth loves her home and her family, but she yearns for adventure. So by day Molly helps her mother, and by night she prepares for her space mission – to the moon! But nobody Molly meets believes that a little moth can make it all the way to the moon. It’s no easy feat for a moth to fly so far, but luckily Molly has no intention of giving up on her dream!

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Friends Come in Different Sizes
Written & illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Barney Saltzberg’s irrepressible and imaginative books—Good Egg, Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, and A Little Bit of Oomph!, combine distinctive art, a lively spirit, and paper engineering to bring great joy to kids (and grown-ups, too). Now Barney is launching a new series of board books about a character named Redbird. With his long orange beak, red body, and friendly expression, Redbird calls to mind Dr. Seuss’s offbeat heroes and Boynton’s zany barnyard creatures, while embodying the author’s signature playful style.

In Friends Come in Different Sizes, he introduces readers to all his delightful friends—some who are tall and some who are taller, and some who are small and some who are smaller. Friends can be SHORT. Friends can be LONG. Doesn’t matter what they look like . . . Friends all get along!

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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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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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