10 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 books about bees that are perfect for a classroom or home library.

For several years, bees have been dying at an alarming rate. Scroll down to the end of this post to learn a few simple ways that you can help save the bees!

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.

Help the Honey Bee: 4 Simple Ways to Get Involved

Here are a few easy things your family can do to help save the bees!

Support Beekeepers
Buying local honey from farmer’s markets is a great way to support your local beekeepers, who do a great deal of good for the health of our pollinator friends. Local honey may be a few dollars more than the honey you’ll find at the grocery store, but it’s a worthy splurge. Honey is less refined than cane sugar, it keeps practically indefinitely in your pantry, and it’s just plain delicious.

Plant a Bee Garden
Planting bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs in your garden will provide much-needed sustenance for hungry bees. Some good varieties include lilac, lavender, fennel, mint, sunflower, marigold, aster, poppy, and foxglove. You can also leave out a small bowl of water in case your honey bee visitors get thirsty. Click here to read more about planting a bee garden.

Avoid Using Commercial Pesticides and Herbicides
These harsh chemicals can be very harmful to bees and other wildlife, and even kids and pets! Skip the Round-Up and remove weeds by hand, or try one of the non-toxic weed prevention techniques listed here.

Learn to Live with Weeds
The most bee-friendly thing to do with weeds is to leave them alone! Those pesky dandelions and clover that pop up in your yard every spring and summer are great nourishment for honey bees!

How many of these books have you read? Do you have a favorite bee book that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments!

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