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Butterfly Books

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Tomorrow might be the first day of spring, but this winter is unrelenting. One sure sign of the seasonal shift, though, is the monarch migration—and they’re already on the move! We’ve been learning about monarchs’ amazing inter-generational journey as we studied butterflies of all sorts. These beauties have inspired artists, writers, and scientists for centuries with their incredible feats of metamorphosis. So flit through this list, which includes fiction as well as non-fiction, and transform your reading with these bedazzling bugs.

  1. The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain by Judy Sierra and Victoria Chess
  2. Watch BBC Nature’s Monarch Butterfly
  3. Watch Butterfly & Moth by DK Eyewitness
  4. A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
  5. A Blue Butterfly: A Story about Claude Monet by Bijou Le Tord
  6. The Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell B. Sandved
  7. The Butterfly Alphabet Book by Brian Cassie and Jerry Pallotta
  8. Butterfly House by Eve Bunting and Greg Shed
  9. Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh
  10. From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman and Bari Weissman
  11. How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects by Ruth Heller
  12. Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine Ó Flatharta and Meilo So
  13. Track Monarch Migration with Journey North
  14. Color with Crayola’s “Make Your Own Color Code” Butterfly
  15. Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost and Leonid Gore
  16. Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way by Elizabeth Ring and Katie Lee
  17. My, Oh My—a Butterfly! All about Butterflies by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu
  18. Watch National Geographic’s Monarch Butterfly
  19. Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak
  20. Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle and Julie Paschkis
  21. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
  22. Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder and Lynne Cherry