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As spring turns into summer, teach your preschoolers about how butterflies grow with these butterfly life cycle books for kids.
Whether you’re introducing the life cycle of a butterfly to your preschoolers or you’re looking for a book to serve as a review, this collection of nonfiction picture books for kids is a great place to start!
Butterfly Life Cycle Books
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books about butterflies that will help your preschoolers learn more about how they grow.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Caterpillar to Butterfly – A caterpillar hatches. It eats and eats . . . and grows into a butterfly that flits and floats across the sky. Follow the life cycle of one of nature’s most beautiful creatures in simple text and stunning photos.
Butterfly Butterfly – Explore the wonders of caterpillars as they hatch from eggs and transform into beautiful butterflies through stunning photos.
A Butterfly’s Life Cycle – The process of a new life starting is fascinating! Watch a butterfly grow from an egg to an insect. Young readers will learn about the stages in a butterfly’s life.
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly – Describes the various stages of a monarch butterfly’s life, from egg to pupa to caterpillar to butterfly, as well as its migration and dangers that it faces.
My, Oh My — Butterfly! – With a little help from the Cat in the Hat, Sally and Dick observe a small miracle in their own backyard—the metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a bright new butterfly!
How Does a Butterfly Grow? – From egg to hungry caterpillar to beautiful butterfly, this picture book with flaps follows the complete life cycle of a swallowtail. With sturdy board book pages and exciting flaps to lift, it’s the perfect life cycle book for young children.
A Butterfly’s Life – In this engaging nonfiction book, early readers are introduced to the life cycle of a butterfly. Readers will be captivated by the vivid photographs of the butterfly’s life, and informative text.
Caterpillar to Butterfly – Butterflies are all around us. It’s hard to believe these majestic insects with impressive wingspans and beautifully colored and patterned wings were once creepy crawly caterpillars. How in the world does this transformation happen?
The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies – Children have lots of questions about the world around them, and this book helps them discover many amazing and wonderful scientific facts about butterflies.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly – After a caterpillar comes to school in a jar, the children are captivated as it eats, grows, and eventually becomes a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly.
Caterpillar to Butterfly – Follow a monarch as it develops from a cute caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly in simple, age-appropriate language in this colorful board book.
Caterpillar to Butterfly – Readers will learn all about the amazing changes a monarch butterfly undergoes during its life cycle, and how it fits into its ecosystem.
Monarch Butterfly – This book is very in depth of how the butterfly goes through its cycle of life. It has beautiful photographic pictures that are realistic.
Caterpillar to Butterfly – How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? Open out the petal-shaped pages, one by one, and watch a transformation unfold.
Life Cycles: Butterflies – A basic overview of the life cycle of a butterfly.
Which of these books about butterflies will you read first?