Butterflies: Children's Corner - Reading List

Butterflies: Children's Corner

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Children's Corner

In an effort to continue learning throughout the summer, my kids have been picking some non-fiction books from the library on a topic of their choice.  This has lead to some fascinating learning moments for us!

Children's Corner on Reading List

Recently my boys have been interested in butterflies - more specifically, they are into the process of caterpillars becoming butterflies. So it only stands to reason that during a recent trip to the library butterflies were the topic of choice.

Butterfly books on Reading List as part of Children's Corner

It's a Butterfly's Life  by Irene Kelly

About the Book

This little book is full of information on butterflies. It discusses the anatomy of butterflies and how they eat and smell and see. There are many different butterflies pictured with their names. It goes through the life cycle of the butterfly eggs, hatching, growing, chrysalis and butterfly.  There are pages that discuss their enemies and their defense mechanisms.  For a child's book it is informative. 

Why We Like It

My oldest was into this book because of all the different named and pictured butterfly species.  My youngest loved how each page was laid out in different configurations - there was text in curves and corners. I enjoyed it because it was easily read in one sitting.

We all learned some great new facts which is always a win. 

Title: It's a Butterfly's Life
Author: Irene Kelly
Publisher:  Holiday House
Publication Date: April 15, 2007
For ages: 7+ (younger kids would enjoy looking and listening to this one)
Type: Non Fiction

Butterfly books on Reading List as part of a Children's Corner

My, Oh My-- a Butterfly!  All About Butterflies  By Tish Rabe

About the Book

As part of The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, this one draw attention to little readers.  The pictures are full of the famous cat and his two things. The prose is in rhyming patterns and therefore it's a quick read.  Impressively, this book is also full of educational details on the beautiful creatures that flutter by and attract kids of all ages

Why We Like It

The Cat in the Hat seems to be a popular teacher for my three year old currently, so it was a no brain-er to grab this little book. He loved hearing many of the same facts from the other butterfly book in this more lyrical book.  He was captivated by the images and silly style of the Cat.

I really appreciated how informative it was, which was evident after reading the more structured book. This would a be a great book for your littlest ones who are attracted to butterflies this summer. 

Title: My, Oh My-- a Butterfly!  All About Butterflies
Author: Tish Rabe
Illustrator: Aristides Ruiz & Joe Mathieu
Publisher:  Random House Children's books
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
For ages: 4-8 years old (younger kids will be drawn to the familiar pictures)
Type: Non Fiction

Butterfly Craft ideas

Since I am trying to keep the learning mentality going, we have tried a few of the great butterfly crafts that Pinterest has to coincide with butterfly books!

  1. Easy paper roll butterfly craft - great for kids two and up (can use stickers or glue on shapes
  2. Fun paper plate butterflies - great craft for kids 10 and younger
  3. Flying Butterfly Craft - super quick project for kids as young as two
  4. Beautiful 3-D Butterfly Art - this multi-step project would be great for older kids and younger kids alike
  5. Milk Jug Butterfly Project - this craft is a fun option for older kids, 8 and up - of course mom can help younger kids do parts as well
Stop by the Reading List Children's Corner board on Pinterest to find all of these ideas and more from previous weeks. 

What about you and your kids?  Are you into sitting to find butterflies around? Any special projects you have planned simply because your kids are interested?

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