Home Is Calling

The Journey of the Monarch Butterfly


By Katherine Pryor

Illustrated by Ellie Peterson

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$22.99 CAD




Hardcover $17.99 $22.99 CAD

Join the monarchs as they embark on a transcontinental journey home in this moving story about migration.

As the sun dawns in Canada, a flutter of monarch butterflies take flight, ready to begin their months-long journey to their ancestral home in Mexico. The migration will not be easy, but it is necessary for the next generation of monarchs to be born. Brought to life with illustrations as vivid as the monarch’s iconic orange and black hues, this story invites young readers to experience the monarch’s migration from the butterflies’ point of view as they search for food, huddle together through storms, and tirelessly fly south.
Parents and educators alike will find much to love about this poetically written book. The story touches on how climate change and deforestation are impacting monarchs, and kid-friendly back matter provides additional information about the butterflies, including their life cycle, anatomy, and migratory patterns, as well as several simple ways children can help monarch butterflies themselves.


  • 2024 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award Book
  • 2024 Charlotte and Wilbur Award for Compassion for Animals, 1st Place
  • Swirling, twirling orange-and-black butterflies fill the pages of this informative yet lyrical book. . . . A good springboard for further research into monarch migration.
    Kirkus Reviews

On Sale
Aug 8, 2023
Page Count
40 pages

Katherine Pryor

About the Author

Katherine Pryor is the author of Zora's Zucchini and Sylvia's Spinach, both of which were published by Readers to Eaters. She won the 2016 Growing Good Kids Award, and her books have received recognition from the Whole Kids Foundation Book Club, Ag in the Classroom, as well as excellent reviews in School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness. She’s also received attention from food and garden organizations like FoodTank, Food Literacy Center, Junior Master Gardeners, and the American Horticultural Society.

Ellie Peterson is a science teacher and the author/illustrator of How to Hug a Pufferfish (Roaring Brook Press, 2022); It's a Round, Round World (Kane Press, 2019), which received a starred review from Booklist and was selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Selection; and The Reason for the Seasons (Kane Press, 2020), which received a starred review from School Library Journal.

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