Recently, we had an insect and plant theme in preschool. The kiddos enjoyed exploring our nature center built around this theme. Hands down, the stars of the show were the caterpillars! My students and I watched the caterpillars as they grew, created chrysalises, and then became butterflies.
At the nature center, I placed a basket of books. They covered a variety of topics – bugs, plants, gardens. The books about caterpillars and butterflies were, of course, incredibly popular. The children loved hearing me read these books to them. As I did so, I incorporated some of the helpful techniques outlined in John Funk’s reading aloud article.
Below are just a few favorites from our science book basket:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr.
3. A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
4. The Butterfly Alphabet Book by Brian Cassie and Jerry Pallotta
5. Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
6. Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards
7. Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
8. Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
9. Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars by Debbie Carbett
10. Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story by Elisa Kleven
I loved using the books to connect to the real life cycle of butterflies. The books gave the children more vocabulary to use as they discussed the insects. The fictional stories also let their imaginations “take flight”, encouraging the kids to make up their own stories. The children created some very interesting tales of about caterpillars and butterflies!
What are some of your favorite butterfly books to read aloud with kids? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.