This of course led to me thinking about all my favorite butterfly books since the tail end of June is just when our weather starts to think about heating up a bit around here and fluttery creatures can finally be seen in earnest... so here's my vote of Top Ten Butterfly Books in no particular order:
|A bright and colorful starter book. The novelty factor in turning different sized pages helps engage kids. I like the very basic ID primer to butterflies and the flowers they like in the back.|
|One of Kleven's newer books, this continues to offer her typical feast for the eyes with a sweet lost and found story about a glass-wing butterfly—(a real creature!).|
|A lovely, nostalgic memory put into picture book form|
|Studying the Middle Ages? Scientists? This is an excellent, easy biographical story for very young readers on how our understanding of the natural world has changed for the better, partially through the work of Maria Merian.|
|An exquisite photographic journey through the alphabet that will awe young and old alike; one of my very favorite alphabet books.|
|Sublime illustrations... truly.|
|I love the size of this book. It is a great mix of story and information Meilo So's art is really the standout.|
|One of the four gorgeous books that this author has made in this series; these are the ideal "strewing" books.|
|I would hope that this one is a given... I prefer it in board book myself.|
And these are the titles of a few more books I've just requested from the library to check out; butterflies are a prolific genre of bug!
Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors
Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly (update: very nice book following the tale of migration)