Buzz…buzz…bees… we sometimes think they are pesky, but they are crucial to our environment. Plus, bees provide us we a deliciously sweet treat. Enjoy reading these animal books about bees with your kids.
Books About Bees
UnBEElievables by Douglas Florian is a collection of poems that takes us inside the world of honeybees. The last poem “Where Are the Honeybees” looks at the disappearing honeybee population.
The Honeybee Manby Lela Nargi is the story of a New York beekeeper who tends to his hives on the top of a building. We learn how the bees live and work to create that sticky treat.
Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber takes us on the journey of a scout bee.
These Bees Count! by Alison Formento takes kids on the experience of being a beekeeper for a day.
Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton reminds us to not think that bees are only out to hurt us. They actually serve a big purpose.
The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack is a book that will squeeze you with a great big honey hug. A young boy visits his aunt and her bees. In the process, he learns a whole lot about bees and makes a connection he will never forget.
Bees are busy insects. Follow them around in Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book Britta Teckentrup.
The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner is packed full of bee facts and information complimented by lots of diagrams and graphics.
Did you know that bees can dance? Learn all about it in the Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski. You can even see how he created the illustrations in a slideshow on his site.
Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha is an oversized masterpiece. This stunning illustrated book is packed with comprehensive information about bees and the role that honey has played in history.
Bee & Me by Alison Jay is a wordless book that takes us on a flight with a bee where we learn just how important bees are to the world.
One of my very favorite books about bees is Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming. We meet a bee at birth and journey along as the bee moves from job to job in the hive. For a full 35 days, this bee does almost every job in the hive and travels 500 miles until its death. But, there is a new bee to start the process again.
The bees are busy pollinating flowers and trees in this counting and color book, The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson. The interactive elements of the books as children to count, trace, and blow will make this a lively pick for circle time or story time. Easily can be used for a study of bees, spring, growing, counting, or colors.
If you are thinking about starting your own beehive with students, you’ll want to get Bruno the Beekeeper: A Honey Primer by Aneta Františka Holasová. From learning about the lifecycle of each type of been that keeps a honeybee colony going to the care of a hive through each season, this book has you covered. Best of all is the detailed and lovely illustrations making all the content even easier to understand.
Honeybee Rescue by Loree Griffin Burns is fascinating because it looks at a different side of the life of the bees than any other book above. We get to meet a beekeeper who specializes in moving bee colonies from one location to another. In this book, a colony is moved from a barn. Step-by-step photographs document the transition. It’s truly fascinating.
For a chapter book option, try The Big Idea Gang: Bee the Change by James Preller.
Did you know there were bee hives a top Notre Dame when it caught fire in 2019? Yes, there are many hives across Paris from rooftops to parks. Find out what happened to the Notre Dame hive in The Bees of Notre Dame by Meghan P. Browne.
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Create a Family Dinner Book Club Featuring Bees
What is a Family Dinner Book Club?
- On the first of each month, we provide all the details for your dinner.
- Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth shares a themed menu to compliment the theme for the month.
- Laura from Sunny Day Family shares an activity that relates to the theme.
- And, I share a book list that compliments the themes, conversation starters, and a family service project.
Books and Conversation Starters
For our theme of BEES, you have found the book list and discussion starters on this page. (see above)
Check out the themed menu you can eat with your family from Chef Sarah Elizabeth. —> MENU
Book Related Activity
And, visit Sunny Day Family for an activity to do with the theme.—> BEE ACTIVITY
Family Service Project
There are many things we can do to protect bees.
- Don’t use pesticides.
- Plant flowers and plants that attract bees and provide nectar.
- Think about becoming a beekeeper.
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