Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons. I like Gail Gibbons' older titles better than her newer ones. This is a simple explanation of the life cycle of a monarch from egg through metamorphosis and migration. It includes instructions on hatching butterflies and some additional monarch butterfly facts. Unfortunately, I'm really going for more photographs in my nonfiction and this is just too old - 1989. Even updated, some things I think have changed, including new information on the monarch's migration path.
Fly, Monarch, Fly by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. This information book about monarchs is written in the form of a story as a family of bunnies goes to a butterfly sanctuary. There are little crafts interposed. However, I found this a bit too long for reading aloud and I didn't really like the narrative. It was a bit bland. I have a lot of butterfly books in the picture books and if I want something to read aloud in storytime I'd use Nic Bishop's Moths and Butterflies or Dianna Hutts Aston's A Butterfly is Patient. The cut paper illustrations here aren't bad, but they're just too blocky and simplistic for the age of the audience that would sit still for this amount of text.
Eggs, Legs, Wings: A butterfly life cycle by Shannon Knudsen, illustrated by Simon Smith. This is an entry in Capstone's First Graphics series. I reviewed some of these for No Flying No Tights and was not a fan, but this one works pretty well. The comic format is excellent for showing the stages of the butterfly's life and while the illustrations aren't amazing, they're very life-like and as close to photographs as possible. The reading level is about grade 1-2 and this is something I'd put into the easy reader section (where I already have some butterfly books, including National Geographic's migrations series). I think this would be useful for kids wanted to read on their own about the butterfly life cycle.
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A step-by-step guide for kids by Carol Pasternak. This is a very detailed guide to a butterfly's life cycle, focused on raising them yourself or as a class. This would be most suitable for an older middle grade audience as the print is fairly small and there's a lot of detail and text. There are, however, lots and lots of gorgeous photographs. I can see a lot of teachers wanting to use this in their classrooms, or kids doing a science project.
However, despite these drawbacks, it really is the best new browsing guide I could find that includes lots of different butterflies and information.
ISBN: 082340773x; Published 1989 by Holiday House; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
Fly, Monarch, Fly! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
ISBN: 9780761454250; Published 2008 by Marshall Cavendish; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
Eggs, Legs, Wings: A butterfly life cycle by Shannon Knudsen, illustrated by Simon Smith
ISBN: 9781429653671; Published 2011 by Capstone; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library
How to raise Monarch Butterflies: A step-by-step guide for kids by Carol Pasternak
ISBN: 9781770850019; Published 2012 by Firefly; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library
Inside Butterflies by Hazel Davies
ISBN: 9781402778742; Published 2011 by Sterling; Borrowed from another library in my consortium; Purchased for the library