With the arrival of sprint it won’t be long before you start to see butterflies everywhere you turn! Spring brings new life all around us, and it’s typically the time when can spot caterpillars and butterflies easily! Whether you’re learning about butterflies on their own or weaving them into your spring theme activities, there are some fabulous books about butterflies and caterpillars that are perfect for preschoolers! We’ve put together some of our favorite books about butterflies for you to enjoy during your butterfly theme activities.
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Fiction Books About Butterflies
Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar
Ten Magic Butterflies is a book about ten flower friends as they learn about math and a little magic! As the flowers turn to butterflies, your little ones will learn about grouping numbers, and more!
The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach
The Very Impatient Caterpillar follows the story of an impatient caterpillar who can’t wait to go through metamorphosis and become a butterfly.
Little Ant and the Butterfly by S.M.R. Saia
Little Ant and the Butterfly teaches kids that looks can be deceiving as this little ant realizes he’s not the coolest insect out there.
Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer
Señorita Mariposa explores the journey that Monarch butterflies take from Canada each year!
Bye, Bye, Butterflies! by Andrew Larsen
Bye, Bye, Butterflies! Tells the story of a boy named Charlie as he learns about butterflies and wants to become a butterfly scientist.
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Waiting for Wings provides answers to your child’s most asked questions about butterflies and where they come from.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the story of a hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week then changes into a butterfly.
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
Ten Little Caterpillars is an intriguing story all about the caterpillars before they become butterflies.
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
I Wish I Were a Butterfly tells the story of a cricket who wishes they could become a butterfly.
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors follows the story of Lucy and the butterfly she sees in the garden.
Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder
Where Butterflies Grow shares the story of a caterpillar and how he starts preparing to become a butterfly!
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Tells the story of a creepy crawly bug who is trying to join the Monarch Migration by heading to Mexico.
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly follows the story of Velma and a butterfly who refuses to leave her fingers for a few days.
Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Clara Caterpillar tells the story of a carefree cabbage caterpillar who becomes a butterfly and how she tries to compete with the conceited caterpillar Catisha.
A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Aston
A Butterfly Is Patient gives your little ones a beautiful yet informational introduction into the world of butterflies.
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar is a fun rhyming storybook all about the hungry caterpillar who munches on leaves.
Nonfiction Books About Butterflies
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly shows kids an up-close look at how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
Monarch Butterfly shares an accurate and informative story of how simple caterpillars become beautiful colorful butterflies.
Explore My World Butterflies by Marfe Ferguson Delano
Explore My World Butterflies is a book that will let your little ones explore the magic of butterflies.
A Butterfly’s Life by Dona Herweck Rice
A Butterfly’s Life will introduce early readers to the life cycle of a butterfly.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
From Caterpillar to Butterfly is a story all about what happens when a caterpillar comes to school in a jar and turns into a butterfly!
Get a Full Week of Butterfly Theme Learning and Play
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
2) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
3) Caterpillar Uppercase Alphabet Cards
4) Butterfly Lowercase Alphabet Cards
5) Butterfly Life Cycle Cards
6) Butterfly Symmetry Matching Cards
7) Butterfly Life Cycle Word Building Mats
8) Caterpillar Measurement Recording Sheet
9) Caterpillar Patterning Activity
10) Caterpillar Syllable Sort
11) Caterpillar Egg Leaf Counting Mats (Numbers 1-10)
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