Sunday, May 12, 2019

Caterpillars and Butterflies!

It's butterfly hatchin' season, the most wonderful time to read about caterpillars and butterflies! I want to flag two beautiful picture books that make excellent read-alouds this time of year.

Both have bright, bold illustrations and low word counts, and both are perfect for preschoolers and young elementary school students.

Candlewick Press 
Pub date: March 13, 2007

This book is gorgeous! It's about a girl named Lucy who, while searching for the butterfly she spotted in the garden one day before, discovers other tiny creatures to admire. Holes in some of the pages allow the images that are a page away to show through, peekaboo-style, and they become parts of other illustrations. There's a giant pop-up surprise, and it's delightful. I also love the shimmery cover!

written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Beach Lane Books
pub date: August 30, 2011

Ten Little Caterpillars is a rhyming, counting book. Like Butterfly Butterfly, it is gorgeous! Every page is packed with interesting images, and many objects in the illustrations are labeled in tiny print. One of my favorite parts of this book: the last few pages show various types of caterpillars followed by illustrations of the butterflies or moths each will transform into. It also tells what each one eats. I would have loved that as a kid. Dang, I love it now!

Both books are fun, springtime treats!

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Extra notes/thoughts: 

Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert (along with John Archambault) also created Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

While I knew that when I picked up Ten Little Caterpillars (it says so on the cover), the book it most reminded me of was Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

I usually link to websites for authors and illustrators, but I came across really interesting bios for Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Ehlert (links above). Check them out, if you have time!

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I hope you're all having a happy spring!!