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Monarch Butterfly Resources

Technical Papers


  • A Monarch Butterfly’s Life (Nature UpClose). John Himmelman. Children's Press. 2000.
  • An Extraordinary Life, The Story of a Monarch Butterfly. Laurence Pringle, paintings by Bob Marshall. Orchard Books. New York, NY 1997.
  • Butterfly House. Eve Bunting, illustrated by Greg Shed. Scholastic Press. New York, NY. 1999.
  • Chasing Monarchs. R.M. Pyle. Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston, MA. 1999.
  • Eastern Butterflies. Alexander B. Klots. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston, MA. 1979.
  • Four Wings and a Prayer: Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly. Sue Halpern. Pantheon Books. New York. 2001.
  • Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Sam Swope, pictures by Sue Riddle. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. New York, NY. 2000.
  • How To Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step by Step Guide for Kids. Carol Pasternak. Firefly Books. 2012. 48 pages.
  • Milkweed Visitors. Mary Holland. Bas Relief Publishing Group. 2006.
  • Monarchs and Other Butterflies. World Book. Chicago. 2005.
  • Monarch Butterflies. Helen Frost and Gail Saunders-Smith. Pebble Books. Mankato, MN. 1999.
  • Monarch Butterflies Up Close. Carmen Bredeson. Enslow Elementary. Berkeley Heights, NJ. 2006.
  • Monarch Butterfly. Gail Gibons. Holliday House, NY. 1989.
  • The Last Monarch Butterfly: Conserving the Monarch Butterfly in a Brave New World. Phil Schappert. Firefly Books. Buffalo, N.Y. 2004.
  • The Monarch Butterfly: A Fragile Tissue in the Wind. David W. Bouton. Davenport, NY. 1991.
  • The Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation. Obergauser, K. S. and M. J. Solensky, editors. Cornell University. 2004.
  • The Monarch Butterfly (Encyclopedia Britannica true-to-life books). Ivah Green. Encyclopaedia Britannica Press. Chicago, IL. 1964.
  • Where Butterflies Grow. Joanne Ryder, pictures by Lynne Cherry. Lodestar Books, Dutton. New York, NY. 1989.

Field Guides

  • A Field Guide to Monarch Caterpillars. K. Oberhauser and K. Kuda. Monarchs in the Classroom. University of Minnesota. 1997.
  • A Golden Book of Butterflies. J. F. Gates Clarke, illustrated by Andre Durenceau. Golden Press. New York, NY. 1963.
  • Butterflies and Moths, A Guide to the More Common American Species. Robert T. Mitchell and Herbert S. Zim, illustrated. Andre Durenceau. Golden Press. New York, NY. 1987.
  • Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch. Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser and Micheal A. Quinn. Bas Relief Pub. Group. Glenshaw, PA. 2003.
  • Peterson Field Guide to Butterflies and Moths (Peterson First Guides). Paul A. Opler, Amy Bartlett Wright and Roger Tory Peterson. Houghton Mifflin. Boston, MA. 1994.
  • The Butterfly Book. Donald Stokes and Ernest Williams. Little, Brown, and Company: New York. 1991.

Children's Selections

  • A Game of Butterflies and Moths. Ruth Wheeler. Naturegraph Pub. Healdsburg CA. 1966.
  • A Monarch Butterfly's Life. John Himmelman. Children's Press division of Grolier Publishing. New York , NY. 1999.
  • Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly. Jason Cooper. Rourke Pub. Vero Beach, FL. 2003.
  • Live butterfly activity book : activities, suggestions, and resources for teachers, parents, and kids using live painted lady butterflies from insect lore. Robert Drake. Insect Lore. Shafter, CA. 2002.
  • Monarch Butterfly (Welcome Books). Edana Eckart. Children's Press. New York. 2005.
  • Monarch Butterflies (Pull Ahead Books). Laura Hamilton Waxman. Lerner Publications. Minneapolis, MN. 2003.
  • Monarch Magic: Butterfly Activities and Nature Discoveries. Lynn Rosenblatt. Williamson Pub. Charlotte, VT. 1998.
  • Monarch Majesty: A Rhyming Educational Story Coloring Book. Barbara Scherek. Star Arts. 2002.
  • Monarch Butterfly Winging North and South. Marion W. Marcher, illustrated by Barbara Latham. Holiday House.1954.
  • Monarchs. Katheryn Lasky, photographs by Christopher G. Knight. A Gulliver Green Book, Harcourt Brace & Company. New York.1993.
  • My Monarch Journal. Connie T. Muther. Dawn Pub. Nevada City, CA. 2000.
  • The Butterfly Book: A Kid’s Guide to Attracting, Raising and Keeping Butterflies. Don Hamilton. John Muir Publications : Santa Fe, NM. Distributed to the Book trade by Publishers Group West : Emeryville, CA. 1997.
  • The Butterfly Boy. Laurence Yep, pictures by Jeanne M. Lee. Straus and Giroux. New York, NY. 1993.
  • The Family Butterfly Book: discover the joy of attracting, raising & nurturing butterflies. Rick Mikula. Storey Books. Pownal, VT. 2000.
  • The Great Monarch Butterfly Chase. R. W. N. Prior, illustrated by Beth Glick. Bradbury Press, Macmillan Publishing Company. New York, NY. 1993.
  • The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly. Julia May. Children's Press: Chicago. 1973.