The Best Children’s Books About Butterflies

“What are the best Children’s books about Butterflys?” We looked at 153 of the top Kids Butterfly books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 19 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Children’s Butterfly” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 19 Best Children’s Books About Butterflies



19 .) Are You A Butterfly? written by Judy Allen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

Introduces the life cycle of a butterfly, showing how it changes from an egg to a chrysalis to a butterfly.




18 .) Butterflies And Moths written by Nic Bishop

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos
  • Very Well Family

Describes the life cycle of butterflies, from a tiny egg into a caterpillar, to a metamorphosizing pupa, and finally into a beautiful winged butterfly.




17 .) Butterfly Colors and Counting written by Jerry Pallotta

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

Count the butterflies from one to ten. Learn their colors, then count again!




16 .) Butterfly House written by Eve Bunting and Greg Shed

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.




15 .) Elmer and Butterfly written by David McKee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

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 – which might be sooner than he thinks.…




14 .) Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly written by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her friend Bree’s butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family’s outing might just be extraordinary enough to make her feel better. Includes facts about butterflies.




13 .) From Caterpillar to Butterfly written by Deborah Heiligman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos
  • Very Well Family

While watching a caterpillar brought to school in a glass jar slowly change into a beautiful butterfly, the class and the reader learn the basics about the mystery of metamorphosis.




12 .) Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story written by Elisa Kleven

Lists It Appears On:

  • Confidence Meets Parenting
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Lost in the city, a butterfly with see-through wings makes friends with a ladybug, an ant, and a pigeon, and together they help flowers bloom and grow.




11 .) How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-By-Step Guide for Kids written by Carol Pasternak

Lists It Appears On:

  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Step-by-step instructions and color photographs explain the process of raising monarch butterflies.




10 .) Ten Little Caterpillars written by Bill Martin Jr.

Lists It Appears On:

  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Illustrations and rhyming text follow ten caterpillars as one wriggles up a flower stem, another sails across a garden pool, and one reaches an apple leaf, where something amazing happens.




9 .) The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity written by Bobbie Kalman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos
  • Very Well Family

Presents a photographic look at the life cycle of twenty-three different species of garden butterflies, including information on physical characteristics and range.




8 .) Waiting for Wings written by Lois Ehlert

Lists It Appears On:

  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Simple text and bright pictures show how butterflies use flowers and identify several types of butterflies.




7 .) Where Butterflies Grow written by Joanne Ryder

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos
  • Very Well Family

Describes what it feels like to change from a caterpillar into a butterfly. Includes gardening tips to attract butterflies.




6 .) A Butterfly Is Patient written by Dianna Hutts Aston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

Colorful illustrations and simple text describe the many characteristics of butterflies.




5 .) Gotta Go! Gotta Go! written by Sam Swope and Sue Riddle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Parenting Chaos

Although she does not know why or how, a small creepy-crawly bug is certain that she must make her way to Mexico.




4 .) National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar To Butterfly written by Laura F. Marsh and Laura Marsh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos
  • Very Well Family

Introduces readers to butterflies and the process by which they go from being an egg, to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis, and finally to a butterfly.




3 .) The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

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.…




2 .) My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies written by Tish Rabe

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Butterfly Lady
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

Rhyming text explains the nature and habits of butterflies.




1 .) Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly written by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Confidence Meets Parenting
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Parenting Chaos

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.





The 125+ Additional Best Books About Butterflies And Caterpillars



# Books Authors Lists
20 Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar Clare Jarrett Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
21 Bird, Butterfly, Eel James Prosek Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
22
Butterflies (Blastoff! Readers: World of Insects)
Confidence Meets Parenting
Parenting Chaos
23 Butterflies in the Garden Carol Lerner Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
24 Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors Petr Horáček Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
25 Butterfly Count Sneed B. Collard III Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
26 Butterfly Garden Margaret McNamara Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
27 Butterfly Story Anca Hariton Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
28 Butterfly Tree Sandra Markle Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
29
Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies: Take-Along Guide (Take Along Guides)
Mommy Evolution
Parenting Chaos
30 Flight of the Butterflies Roberta Edwards Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
31 Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey Loree Griffin Burns Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
32 Hurry and the Monarch Antoine Ó Flatharta Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
33 I Wish I Were a Butterfly James Howe Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
34 Monarch Butterfly Gail Gibbons Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
35 Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way – a Smithsonian’s Backyard Book Elizabeth Ring Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
36
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies
Parenting Chaos
Very Well Family
37 Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian Margarita Engle Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
38 Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars Debbie Tarbett Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
39 The Apple and the Butterfly Iela Mari Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
40 The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain Judy Sierra Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
41 The Butterfly Alphabet Kjell B. Sandved Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
42 The Butterfly Alphabet Book Brian Cassie Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
43 The Butterfly Garden Sue Harris Chapters
Goodreads
44 The Lamb and the Butterfly Arnold Sundgaard Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
45 What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth? Robin Koontz Goodreads
Parenting Chaos
46
Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly
Confidence Meets Parenting
Parenting Chaos
47 A Butterfly Grows Stephen R. Swinburne Goodreads
48
A Butterfly’s Life (Science Slam: Animal Diaries: Life Cycles)
Parenting Chaos
49 A First Look at Caterpillars Millicent E. Selsam Goodreads
50 A Luna Moth’s Life John Himmelman Goodreads
51 A Picture Book of Butterflies and Moths Troll Books Goodreads
52 Amanda’s Butterfly Nick Butterworth Goodreads
53
American Girl: WellieWishers: Willa’s Butterfly Ballet
Chapters
54 An Extraordinary Life Laurence Pringle Goodreads
55 An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball Jane Yolen Goodreads
56 Angelina and the Butterfly Katharine Holabird Goodreads
57 Becoming Butterflies Parenting Chaos
58 Big Bugs Seymour Simon Goodreads
59 Born to Be a Butterfly Karen Wallace Goodreads
60
Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us
Chapters
61
Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Butterfly Lady
62 Bugs, Bugs, Bugs: 20 Songs and Over 250 Activities for Young Children Pam Schiller Goodreads
63 Butterflies (Insects)
Confidence Meets Parenting
64
Butterflies (Under the Microscope: Backyard Bugs)
Confidence Meets Parenting
65 Butterflies Keep Flying Parenting Chaos
66 Butterflies of the World Parenting Chaos
67 Butterfly Lisa Magloff Goodreads
68 Butterfly (Watch Me Grow)
Confidence Meets Parenting
69 Butterfly & Moth (Eyewitness Books) Paul Whalley Goodreads
70 Butterfly Alphabet Coloring Book Carol Schmidt Goodreads
71
Butterfly and the Bog Beast : A Book about Butterfly Camouflage (Magic School Bus)
Parenting Chaos
72 Butterfly Battle (The Magic School Bus Chapter Book, #16) Joanna Cole Goodreads
73 Butterfly Birthday Harriet Ziefert Goodreads
74 Butterfly Express Jane Belk Moncure Goodreads
75 Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow Joyce Sidman Goodreads
76
Butterfly or Moth?: How Do You Know? (Which Animal Is Which?)
Parenting Chaos
77
Butterfly Oracle Cards For Life Changes: A 44-card Deck And Guidebook
Chapters
78 Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What Is an Insect Brian P. Cleary Goodreads
79 Caterpillar Spring – Butterfly Summer Susan Hood Goodreads
80 Caterpillar to Butterfly Laura Marsh Goodreads
81 Caterpillar’s Dream: Will she ever fly? Roitman Trillo Goodreads
82
Caterpillars and Butterflies (Beginners) (Usborne Beginners) by Stephanie Turnbull (2006) Hardcover
Parenting Chaos
83
Caterpillars on the Move! (Ready, Freddy! Reader,
Parenting Chaos
84
Caterpillars to Butterflies (It’s Fun to Learn about Baby Animals (Paperback))
Parenting Chaos
85 Charlie the Caterpillar Andy Gutman Goodreads
86 Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard Loree Griffin Burns Goodreads
87 Clara Caterpillar Parenting Chaos
88 Diego Saves a Butterfly Lara Bergen Goodreads
89 DK Readers L1: Born to Be a Butterfly Parenting Chaos
90 DK See How They Grow: Butterfly Kim Taylor Goodreads
91
Eyewitness: Butterfly & Moth (Eyewitness Books)
Parenting Chaos
92
Face to Face with Butterflies (Face to Face with Animals)
Parenting Chaos
93
Face to Face with Caterpillars (Face to Face with Animals)
Parenting Chaos
94 Friends Across the Border Evangeline Duran Fuentes Goodreads
95 From Egg to Butterfly Shannon Zemlicka Goodreads
96
Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects
Mommy Evolution
97 Hello, Caterpillar Allyn & Bacon Goodreads
98 Hope for the Flowers Trina Paulus Goodreads
99
How Does a Caterpillar Become a Butterfly?: And Other Questions about Butterflies (Good Question!)
Parenting Chaos
100 How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects Ruth Heller Goodreads
101 I Can Write a Book about Butterflies Parenting Chaos
102
I’m a Caterpillar (Scholastic Reader Level 1)
Parenting Chaos
103 Inch by Inch Parenting Chaos
104
Instant Wall Art – Butterfly Botanical Prints: 45 Ready-to-Frame Vintage Illustrations for Your…
Chapters
105
Isabel’s House of Butterflies (Sierra Club Books (Sierra))
Parenting Chaos
106 It’s a Butterfly’s Life Parenting Chaos
107 Kokopelli & the Butterfly Michael Sterns Goodreads
108 La Mariposa Parenting Chaos
109 Little Butterfly Klaartje Van Der Put Goodreads
110
Look And Learn About Butterflies – Curious Kids Press: Kids book about animals and wildlife, Children’s books 4-6
Parenting Chaos
111 Lord of the Butterflies Chapters
112 Madame’s Journey Home Parenting Chaos
113 Miss Hallberg’s Butterfly Garden Parenting Chaos
114 Monarch Butterfly Lady
115 Monarch and Milkweed Helen Frost Goodreads
116
Monarch Magic! Butterfly Activities & Nature Discoveries
Parenting Chaos
117 Moths Fran Howard Goodreads
118
National Geographic Kids Look and Learn: Caterpillar to Butterfly (Look & Learn)
Parenting Chaos
119
OLIVIA and the Butterfly Adventure (Olivia TV Tie-in)
Parenting Chaos
120 One Little Blueberry Tammi Salzano Goodreads
121 Open House for Butterflies Ruth Krauss Goodreads
122 Owly Wormy, Friends All Aflutter! Andy Runton Goodreads
123
Percival the Plain Little Caterpillar (Sparkle Books)
Parenting Chaos
124 Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly Mommy Evolution
125 Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China Deborah Noyes Goodreads
126 Slug: The Reluctant Butterfly Steve Copland Goodreads
127
Smithsonian Handbooks: Butterflies & Moths
Parenting Chaos
128 Swallowtails Butterfly Lady
129 Ten Magic Butterflies Chapters
130 The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies Chapters
131 The Beautiful Butterfly Book Sue Unstead Goodreads
132 The Butterfly Anna Milbourne Goodreads
133 The Butterfly Ball And The Grasshopper’s Feast William Plomer Goodreads
134 The Butterfly Boy Parenting Chaos
135 The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters Chapters
136 The Butterfly Lion Chapters
137 The Butterfly Tree Parenting Chaos
138 The Caterpillar and the Polliwog Jack Kent Goodreads
139
The Creepy, Crawly Caterpillar: Ladybird Little Explorers
Parenting Chaos
140 The Crunching Munching Caterpillar Sheridan Cain Goodreads
141 The Family Butterfly Book Very Well Family
142 The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science Joyce Sidman Goodreads
143 The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars Parenting Chaos
144 The Life of a Butterfly Robin Bernard Goodreads
145 The Magic School Bus: Butterfly and the Bog Beast: A Book about Butterfly Camouflage Nancy E. Krulik Goodreads
146
The Monarch Butterfly and The Cecropia Moth: Miraculous Stages and Changes
Chapters
147 The Prince of Butterflies Parenting Chaos
148 The Story of the Butterfly Children Sibylle von Olfers Goodreads
149 Time For Kids: Butterflies! (Time for Kids Science Scoops) Parenting Chaos
150 Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly Lady
151
What Happens Next? Caterpillar to Butterfly (Rookie Toddler)
Parenting Chaos
152
When Butterflies Cross the Sky: The Monarch Butterfly Migration (Extraordinary Migrations)
Parenting Chaos
153 Where’s My Mom? Julia Donaldson Goodreads


8 Best Children’s Books Featuring Butterflies And Transformation Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes And Noble 7 Picture Books About Butterflies
Butterfly Lady Top Five Children’s Butterfly Books
Chapters butterflies in books
Confidence Meets Parenting Kids Books About Butterflies
Goodreads Picture Books About Butterflies
Mommy Evolution Butterfly Books for Children
Parenting Chaos 75+ Butterfly Books for Kids
Very Well Family Children’s Books About Butterflies
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