Here are some wonderful books about some of our favorite little creepy crawlies. Yes! We enjoy learning about caterpillars and how they go through the spectacular process to become majestic butterflies and soar through the air! In this post, we share books about butterflies and caterpillars. Kids will enjoy cuddling up to read them and then maybe even head out to look for some.
Books About Caterpillars
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This popular children’s book is a must read! Kids follow the Very Hungry Caterpillar as he eats his way through the book. It engages kids with holes they can stick their fingers in for counting. Each page adds a new hole and a new day of the week – making it a great introductory to the different names each day has (i.e. Monday, Tuesday, and so on).
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
This counting book introduces kids to the natural world through illustrations. The tenth caterpillar waits patiently…. can you guess what happened to him?
Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Clara is a cabbage caterpillar who feels a bit blah compared to the beautiful Catisha. In the end she learns that that colorless and clever is better than flashy and frivolous.
Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars
This is a peek-through counting book where kids follow the caterpillars as the start with 10 and go down to just 1.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Paper Bag Craft and Retelling Activity
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Snack Idea
- Handprint Caterpillar
- Counting Caterpillars Fingerprint Printable
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Do-a-Dot printables
Books About Butterflies
Are You a Butterfly? by Judy Allen
A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Aston
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horacek
Luna, The Night Butterfly + 5 Bonus Stories! by Lily Lexington (Kindle)
Waiting for Wings (Rise and Shine) by Lois Ehlert
Butterfly Book Extensions:
Here you will find fun art activities and math ideas to go along with your butterfly and caterpillar theme.
- Colorful Handprint Butterfly
- B is for Butterfly
- Colorful Caterpillar to Butterfly Clothespin Craft
- Black Glue and Watercolor Butterflies
- Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Skip Counting
- Butterfly Symmetry Painting
How do these kids books about butterflies and caterpillars sound? Show your kids and ask them which ones they’d like to read first! Don’t forget to try one of the activities or crafts 🙂