Although it is currently snowing in our neck of the woods (Virginia) while I write this post, spring is officially on notice. Time to break out our favorite rabbit, gardening, and spring-themed stories! One of my favorite springtime display/story time themes is “birds and butterflies.” (Insert your corny but cute display name here: Books to Buzz About/Fly Away With Books!/etc). Here are the ones to which I routinely return:
(image from Candlewick Press website)
Petr Horacek’s tale of a young girl searching for a butterfly may be economical in text, but the illustrations have vibrancy and depth. Names of colors are emphasized, making this a first-rate choice for a colors-themed story time or display. We’ve had to replace this several times because it is a very popular choice with our patrons and staff; the pop up butterfly at the end is definitely more than worth the price.
(image from author’s website)
Janet S. Wong’s look at a family’s very busy morning has a great rhythm and usage of sound, so you may need to practice this one before reading it aloud. As a family prepares for the day’s activities, a young boy observes a buzzing bee, as well as other similar sounds (such as the buzz of his father’s razor).
(image from Harcourt website)
Eve Bunting’s Flower Garden is a standard in several of my favorite story times and displays; not only can you use it for a butterfly/bees theme, but also use it for flowers/gardening themes. Urban gardens are not a common theme in picture books about flowers/gardens, so this stunningly illustrated story of a father and daughter who surprise Mom with a windowsill garden is quite special.
(image from Scholastic website)
It’s not often that I get to feature a nonfiction read aloud in my story times, so Lois Ehlert’s Waiting for Wings is a standard in my butterfly story times and displays. Through simple text and authentically illustrated (and labeled) depictions of butterflies’ life cycles, tips on creating a butterfly garden, and tips on how to identify butterflies, young listeners and readers are treated to a cornucopia of butterfly facts and images.
(I always include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I don’t need to tell you about that book!)
What are your favorite books about butterflies and bees? Tell us in the comments!