Book Fetish

When You Open a Book, It Looks Like One: Bookish Butterfly Goods

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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

My favorite insect? There are a lot of really solid options out there. I love a good praying mantis for its extraterrestrial qualities. I am passionate about all things bees (save their evil cousins wasps and hornets) and have written about how my love for bees led to a passion for honey–specifically, ethical, local honey. But if I had to name one insect about all else as a favorite, it would be the butterfly. How could it not be? Whether it’s the ecologically vital monarch or the black swallowtail, the orange sulphur or even common moths (yes, different than butterflies but originating from the same family and their differences are primarily in their wings), they are all such beautiful creatures to stumble upon outside. If you have not spent an afternoon watching them in your own backyard or at a park, I cannot recommend it enough.

You know why else butterflies are really dang cool? It’s because books look like them when they’re opened. It might be a shallow reason, but it is a reason none the less. Cue the Reading Rainbow theme song.

To celebrate all things books, all things spring and summer, and all things butterflies, let’s dive into some of the best bookish butterfly goods around the Etsy parts. These bookish butterfly goods include book stamps and tees, loads of fun bookmarks, art, paper, and more.

holographic sticker with books and butterflies on it.

Let’s kick off this roundup with a super fun holographic sticker featuring books and butterflies. $8.50.

Image of a work of embroidery featuring butterflies coming out of the pages of  book.

This is a one-of-a-kind piece of art–as in literally, there is only one–but how beautiful is this embroidery featuring butterflies emerging from the pages of a book? $42.

Image of a pile of purple book plates featuring butterflies.

Grab some beautiful purple, gold, and white butterfly bookplates that you can get personalized. Ensure your books never (butter)fly away. $21 for a set of 24.

Image of a person wearing a cream t-shirt. The shirt has a butterfly in yellow and blue and its wings are made of book pages.

I love this shirt. The butterfly is fun, its pages of wings, and the teeny little detail underneath reading “book lover.” $25.

Image of four different small butterfly bookmarks on a white book.

Choose your flier from these gorgeous little butterfly bookmarks. $6.

Image of a book page holder with butterflies inside.

If you’re looking for a new book page holder, how about one complete with all kinds of shimmery butterflies inside? $12.

Image of a butterfly magnetic bookmark.

The perfect butterfly bookmark might not exist. Except…it does. It’s this one. I love the use of purple and bright pink, the bold florals, and the fact it’s magnetic. $4.

Image of several small notepads featuring blue butterflies.

These little butterfly notepads are dreamy. $5.

Image of a book keychain that says "to the bookstore." The book on the keychain has a pink butterfly.

If you don’t look closely, you might not notice that this bookish keychain has a butterfly coming with you to the bookstore. $7.

ochre colored embroidered book cover/case. The embroidery is butterflies in white thread.

Whether you’re looking for a case for an ereader or for a print book, maybe you’re looking for this embroidered butterfly option and don’t even know it. $59.

Image of an ex libris stamp featuring a butterfly.

I am not going to make the same joke about how a book stamp will ensure your books don’t butter(fly) away, promise. Get this one customized, starting at $23.

Image of a pink and white acrylic butterfly bookmark.

Pop this pink and white acrylic butterfly bookmark into any book and you’ll class it up. $11.

Image of a t-shirt featuring a book, butterfly, and several mushrooms. It has the text "all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

Calling all cottagecore fans: this bookish butterfly tee has your name on it. This is not Canva art–which for better or worse, is the dominant medium on Etsy shirts these days–so this top IS truly unique. $35 and up.

Image of five different colored butterfly bookmarks.

Last but not least: whatever jewel tone is your favorite, there is a gorgeous butterfly bookmark to make your heart (and your book) very happy. $14.