Children’s Books about Honeybees

Bees are a keystone species, meaning they are a vital component of our ecosystem. Many people think that all bees do is make honey, but in fact, they are responsible for about one-third of the food that we eat, thanks to the pollination of crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Bees are fascinatingly complex creatures that should not be ignored! Today I’ve curated a list of ten children’s books about honeybees that are perfect for a classroom or home library.

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You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Bees! by Alex Woolf

This entertaining, fact-filled book has a wealth of information broken down into small sections including the anatomy of a bee, how honey is made, how bees affect the lives of animals and plant life, and the dangers bees face. This one is an absolute must for an elementary school classroom or home library.

The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker

This endearing book is a beautiful celebration of urban beekeeping. Dreamy oil paint and collage illustrations accompany the story of Fred, a beekeeper who spends his days tending to his bees on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York.

In the Trees, Honey Bees! by Lori Mortensen

This charming picture book is an excellent introduction to the world of bees for preschool-aged children. Colorful full-page illustrations are accompanied by simple, rhyming verse, while the sidebar on each page provides more detailed information.

What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Slade and Carol Schwartz

This book provides a detailed look at how one species can affect an entire ecosystem. With striking illustrations, it delves into what it means to be a keystone species and the role that bees play in many different food chains.

The Beeman by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis

This rhyming story is told from the viewpoint of a child whose grandfather is a beekeeper. Together the pair carefully tend to the bees and harvest their honey. This is a sweet, engaging picture book that families will adore.

The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci

This fascinating book is packed with detailed illustrations and interesting facts about the life cycle and history of bees. The book also features a “honeybee calendar” depicting the different jobs that bees perform year-round, and a peek at how a bee’s honey can differ in color and flavor based on the types of flower nectar it collects.

Bees (National Geographic Readers) by Laura Marsh

Curious kids will love this easy early reader, which features interesting bee facts and plenty of detailed photographs of bees and their hives.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

This engaging story follows a single scout bee as she searches for the last flowers of fall that will sustain her hive during the cold winter months. Along the way, she battles bad weather and hungry predators but returns to her hive with good news just in time. The bright illustrations are beautifully rendered in colored pencil and watercolors.

The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Ms. Frizzle’s class is in for another fanciful field trip when their titular bus transforms into a beehive! This fun story effortlessly blends science and humor.

The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller

This classic picture book offers up a poetic explanation of the purpose of flowers, from feeding birds and bees to making seeds and more.



  1. I love the series You Wouldn’t Want to be… didn’t know they had science related titles.

  2. What a great resource of books about bees…thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Cannot wait to add the Bee Man to my daughters wishlist!! Thanks for this list!

  4. What a great list! We keep bees in our backyard. It’s awesome to see so many books about honeybees! Another one you might want to check out is Bee by Britta Teckentrup!

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