Consider adding a few butterfly books to your home or school library this year!
*** Note: I am a K-12 Reading Master, Certified Teacher. I have read all of these books personally with and to my kids ( I even own a bunch of them too). Always read the reviews and age recommendations of the books to see if they will be a good fit for your child. These are just a few butterfly books that we have enjoyed. You know your child best! ***
Butterfly Books for Leveled Readers:
Children first learning to read may often be steered into the level 1, beginning reader books. These books are often found int he early reader section of the library. The books are short in length with simple sentences and strong picture clues. They are often repetitive in nature with words that can be decoded or sounded out.
Be mindful that these books are not for the earliest readers to read independently as they are designed more for the reader with a firm grasp of sounds and how they fit together to make words. Try the butterfly beginner books out with your child. If your child is sounding out or struggling with more than 3 words on a page, the book is more than likely at their frustration level. Read it to them a few times. Point out the pictures and match them to the words on the page. As they become comfortable with the story, encourage them to read a page or part of the book with you.
Leveled 3 Readers are designed for the child who is already reading and starting to read for information. The following butterfly books were ones my daughter enjoyed around the 1st-2nd grade level.
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies
Non-Fiction Butterfly Books
Butterfly Picture Books for Kids
Butterfly Chapter Books for Kids
My daughter was an early and voracious reader. By age 5, picture books were not quenching her thirst for the written word and we began to search out appropriate chapter books. All the books in the Magic School Bus chapter book series are a great combination of adventure with some facts mixed in. They are well written and very dense with rich vocabulary, The Disney Fairies series is also a nice transition to chapter books for young readers. We did read all the Butterfly Meadow books too, but they are just so-so. The writing doesn’t flow as nice, and they don’t make your belly roll in laughter or teach you anything. I’d recommend checking them out from your library!
And if you are reading all of these fun butterfly books, you may want to consider raising your very own butterflies too!