Waiting for WingsRecently, we had a fun butterfly themed story time at the library. These are the books, songs and activities included in our story time. Try sharing them with your children at home!


Waiting for Wings written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Through rhyming text and colorful collage, we learn how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Children are also introduced to different kinds of butterflies and flowers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar written and illustrated by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This beloved book tells the story of a caterpillar who eats his way through the week until he transforms into a magnificent butterfly.


Flutter, Flutter Butterfly (Sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). When we sang this, the children danced freely, pretending to be butterflies.

Flutter, flutter, butterfly
Floating in the summer sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter, butterfly
Floating in the summer sky

The Fuzzy Little Caterpillar (Sung to the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The fuzzy little caterpillar went up into a tree (pretend to climb tree)
Spun his cocoon and then he went to sleep (move hands in a circular motion then place against head as if sleeping)
While was sleeping he dreamt that he could fly
And when he woke up he was a butterfly (flap wings)

Felt board Activity

If you have a felt or magnetic board at home, you can retell The Very Hungry Caterpillar with printable pieces found here. The pieces can also be used as puppets. A song to accompany the printable pieces can be found here.


We made Letter B Butterfly. Instructions to make them can be found here. Children who are able can cut out the pieces, color them and glue them together, making a colorful butterfly.


Until next time, Happy Reading!


the Singing Librarian

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