Need a butterfly book for your Pre-Kindergarten story time session? Well then, you may want to check out my list. It contains a brief summary of various tomes that are ideal for reinforcing lessons about butterflies. Here it is:
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
When I worked in a preschool setting, Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was a “must read” for several reasons. First, the kids adored it. Second, it explains the basics of a caterpillar’s life cycle in rudimentary terms. You may want to consider pairing it with Lois Ehlert’s book “Waiting for Wings.” It covers the same topic, only with the use of rhyme. Like Carle’s book, the illustrations are bold and well done too.
“Where the Butterflies Grow”
Joanne Ryder’s book “Where the Butterflies Grow” is another one to consider. Based on my experience, it is useful for expanding upon discussions about how butterflies are formed. I also love the book for its detailed illustrations and text. You could feasibly pair it with the “How a Butterfly Grows” wooden puzzle available for purchase through School Specialty Publishing or with life cycle handouts.
“A Butterfly is Patient”
If you want to teach your children about the world’s wide array of butterflies, Dianna Hutts Aston’s book “A Butterfly is Patient” is an excellent way to start. It also touches on issues of butterfly behavior such as how they use their wings. I appreciated the illustrations too. I like to utilize her book in conjunction with Brian Cassie’s “The Butterfly Alphabet Book.” It has a similar focus.
“How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects”
Although it is not totally butterfly focused, Ruth Hellers’ book “How to Hide a Butterfly and Other Insects” would make an excellent choice as well. What I liked about the book is that it talks about how butterflies and other creatures use camouflage to their advantage. Thus, it would pair well with a science related discussion or activity based on the same topic.
“Adios Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable”
If you want an adorable way to introduce the subject of butterfly migration, I’d recommend grabbing a copy of “Adios Oscar!: A Butterfly Fable.” Its storyline focuses on a soon-to-be butterfly and his plans to migrate to Mexico with his comrades. It would pair perfectly with several other books about the same topic. Some of my favorites are Monica Brown’s “Butterflies on Carmen Street” and Crystal Ball O’Connor’s “Jake and the Migration of the Monarch.”
Last on my list is Jeanne Willis’ book “Caterpillar Dreams.” In my opinion, it is a great book to utilize when explaining the differences between butterflies and moths. You could also technically use it as a jumping off point for discussions about cultural diversity and individuality.
Source: Personal Experience