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“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” ― Maurice Maeterlinck, from the book “The Life of the Bee”

You might be afraid of bees, if you, like me, have been stung by a giant bumblebee. But bees are magnificent because of the role they play in our world. Plus, they make really yummy honey. These top books about bees are filled to the brim facts and fun stories, and your little ones will be wanting to go outside and watch the bees in action!

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Top 10 Books About Bees

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The Bee Tree
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey.

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Bee: a Peek-Through Picture Book
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Peek through the cutouts as you follow a bee throughout her day and see all of the good that one small bee can bring about.
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fans of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book can now fly along with Bee on her very busy day! Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals new flowers and plants, plus a look inside a beehive as the bees work together to help a plants grow. Children will love seeing the details of a bee’s active day as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about ways in which bees and plants works together to produce a healthy, beautiful environment.

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Little Yellow Bee: Garden Lift-a-Flap
Written by Ginger Swift and Cottage Door Press & illustrated by Katya Longhi
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This board book isn't solely about bees, but also includes other fun bugs you'd find outdoors!
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces animals & environments Encourages use of fine motor skills Entertains with exploration & surprise Explore a colorful garden with Little Yellow Bee. The chunky board book has especially thick flaps for baby to grasp and lift. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure. Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby’s attention.

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Little Bee: Finger Puppet Book
Written & illustrated by Chronicle Books
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Finger puppet books are pretty much always fun! I like that this one talks about all of the different things bees do, along with the interactive puppet.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

An adorable finger puppet peeks through a diecut hole on each page making this book an excellent way to read and play.

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The Honeybee
Written by Kirsten Hall & illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Thoughts from The Goodfather
The Honeybee will entertain young readers while thoroughly educating them about bees, their colonies, and the honeymaking process. The educational material comes across in such a fun story form that you learn it almost before you realize it was there.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. Bzzz… What’s that? Do you hear it? You’re near it. It’s closer, it’s coming, it’s buzzing, it’s humming… A BEE! With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.

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Please Please the Bees
Written & illustrated by Gerald Kelley
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day. But all that changes when the bees go on strike. Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fixes up the hive and learns to be a better beekeeper. Will the bees be pleased?

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The Beeman
Written by Laurie Krebs & illustrated by Valeria Cis
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

Here are his gloves made of cotton and leather, protecting his hands in all kinds of weather when he tends to his hives as the Beeman.

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Bees
Written & illustrated by Piotr Socha
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

“Translated from the Polish Pszczoty by Agnes Monod-Gayraud.”

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the bee book
Written & illustrated by Charlotte Milner
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Explore the secret world of bees: how they live, how they work, how they support each other and their hive. DK’s The Bee Book is a wonderful introduction to the humble honeybee: nature’s hardest worker, and much more than just a provider of honey! Bees are incredibly industrious, brilliant at building, super social, and–most importantly–responsible for a third of every mouthful of food you eat!

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Are You a Bee?
Written by Judy Allen & illustrated by Tudor Humphries
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This book is really informative and filled with fun facts about bees. It starts out by going through the lifecycle of a bee, which becomes the storyline.
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Backyard Books: Are You a Bee? by Judy Allen with illustrations by Tudor Humphries shows that–from the perspective of a honeybee–the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive and joins in the work of the bee community.

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Books About Bees and Honey

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The Honeybee
Written by Kirsten Hall & illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Thoughts from The Goodfather
The Honeybee will entertain young readers while thoroughly educating them about bees, their colonies, and the honeymaking process. The educational material comes across in such a fun story form that you learn it almost before you realize it was there.
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. Bzzz… What’s that? Do you hear it? You’re near it. It’s closer, it’s coming, it’s buzzing, it’s humming… A BEE! With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.

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Please Please the Bees
Written & illustrated by Gerald Kelley
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day. But all that changes when the bees go on strike. Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fixes up the hive and learns to be a better beekeeper. Will the bees be pleased?

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The Beeman
Written by Laurie Krebs & illustrated by Valeria Cis
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

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  1. The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive - Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a fieldtrip to a beehive in her magic school bus.

  2. Honey - This sweet companion to David Ezra Stein’s award-winning Leaves celebrates the joy of savoring something you love. Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He’s almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound . . . and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others–and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.

  3. The Life and Times of the Honeybee - Depicts the life cycle and habits of the honeybee, describing in detail the organization of the hive and the making of honey.

  4. UnBEElievables - The buzz is big for Douglas Florian’s new poetry collection about the unBEElieveably unique lives of honeybees—and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, Douglas Florian explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool—and totally important—part of our ecosystem. Indeed, these buzzy bugs have been in the spotlight lately as wild bee populations are dwindling, honey prices are rising, and beekeeping has become a popular hobby.

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Books About Bees and Science And Nature

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Bee: a Peek-Through Picture Book
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Peek through the cutouts as you follow a bee throughout her day and see all of the good that one small bee can bring about.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Fans of Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book can now fly along with Bee on her very busy day! Through a hole in the book’s cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals new flowers and plants, plus a look inside a beehive as the bees work together to help a plants grow. Children will love seeing the details of a bee’s active day as each page is turned, and along the way they’ll learn about ways in which bees and plants works together to produce a healthy, beautiful environment.

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Little Yellow Bee: Garden Lift-a-Flap
Written by Ginger Swift and Cottage Door Press & illustrated by Katya Longhi
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This board book isn't solely about bees, but also includes other fun bugs you'd find outdoors!
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduces animals & environments Encourages use of fine motor skills Entertains with exploration & surprise Explore a colorful garden with Little Yellow Bee. The chunky board book has especially thick flaps for baby to grasp and lift. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure. Illustrations include lots of details to hold baby’s attention.

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Bees
Written & illustrated by Piotr Socha
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

“Translated from the Polish Pszczoty by Agnes Monod-Gayraud.”

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  1. Hello Honeybees - Nature lovers will adore this ingenious board book that transforms into a stand-up beehive! Simply “fly” the two bee characters attached to ribbons through the beautifully illustrated pages to visit a garden, tour the beehive, and see how honey is made. Full of playful and informative touches, this book is a sweet introduction to the hardworking honeybee that will have young readers buzzing to learn more.

  2. Beehive - Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process. With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.

Books About Bees and The Environment

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Bee and Me
Written & illustrated by Elle J. McGuinness
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The mystery of the dwindling population of honeybees throughout the world has been a growing concern in recent years. This story brings the critical importance of bees to light for young children through the innovative process of Ani-Motion.

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Give Bees a Chance
Written & illustrated by Bethany Barton
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the author-illustrator of Children’s Choice Book Award Winner I’m Trying to Love Spiders: a plea to please give bees a chance!

Not sure whether to high-five bees or run away from them? Well, maybe you shouldn’t high-five them, but you definitely don’t have to run away from them. Give Bees a Chance is for anyone who doesn’t quite appreciate how extra special and important bees are to the world, and even to humankind! Besides making yummy honey, they help plants grow fruits and vegetables. And most bees wouldn’t hurt a fly (unless it was in self-defense!).

Bethany Barton’s interactive cartoon-style illustrations and hilarious narrator mean this book is full of facts and fun. With bees officially on the endangered animals list, it’s more important now than ever to get on board with our flying, honey-making friends!

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The Hidden Rainbow
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to uncover the rainbow of colors hidden in a garden, which helps flowers bloom and bees find food. Includes facts about bees and their importance.

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  1. Kaia and the Bees - The author of Those Shoes and an award-winning illustrator team up for the story of a girl who tries to overcome her fear of bees to see how amazing they are. Kaia is the brave type. Like hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of bees live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia – unless she can find a way to be the brave girl she always says she is. Against a sunny city setting, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Angela Dominguez depict Kaia’s small courageous steps – and her tiny insect neighbors – with great empathy and charm. Buzzing with storytime potential, Kaia and the Bees is an honest and relatable tale about bravery and compassion, as well as the importance of bees to our world.

  2. Thing about Bees: A Love Letter - A LOVE POEM FROM A FATHER TO HIS TWO SONS, AND A TRIBUTE TO THE BEES THAT POLLINATE THE FOODS WE LOVE TO EAT.

  3. Little Bee - All the animals are running away, but what are they afraid of? Find out in this action-packed book that will have all little children wanting to turn the pages and join in. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s thought provoking, and the surprise ending brings it right back to the beginning - to be enjoyed all over again! <p/>Graphic designer and illustrator Edward Gibbs has always sought to communicate meaningful ideas in the simplest way. With a seemingly effortless touch, in this book and its companion <i>The Acorn</i>, he introduces educational themes and concepts (food chains, fear, ecosystems) in a visual, fun, and satisfying romp for the very young.

  4. Bee & Me - A beautiful wordless picture book brings a personal note to the plight of the honeybee and offers a message of hope. A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay’s original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees. An afterword makes clear to readers the important role these endangered insects play.

Books About Bees and Friendship

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Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns
Written & illustrated by Dee Leone
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Following Bear’s recipe for honey buns, bees Bizz and Buzz are confused by homophones, causing them to use a “flower” instead of “flour” and tell a buttercup how much they “need” it instead of “kneading” the flower and butter together.

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The Tiny Baker
Written by Hayley Barrett & illustrated by Alison Jay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Enter a whimsical world, created in vivid detail with stunning illustrations by Alison Jay and clever, lyrical rhymes. Insect customers clamor to dine at the Tiny Baker’s cafe, but when the ladybug chefs fly off and upend the pristine bakery’s kitchen, the Tiny Baker learns an important lesson about friendship.

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The Queen Bee and Me
Written by Gillian McDunn
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the author of Caterpillar Summer comes the story of a young girl navigating her friendship with the middle school Queen Bee.

Meg has been best friends with Beatrix forever. Everyone at school wants to be like confident, decisive Beatrix, and Meg has always felt the same. But this year, Meg wants to take a science course instead of dance class. She’d rather do what makes her happy—not what Beatrix wants.

When a quirky girl named Hazel moves to town, Meg is partnered with her on a science project about bees. Meg learns a lot about being Queen Bee—in a hive and in middle school. As Beatrix is less than welcoming to Hazel, Meg feels her loyalty fraying. Choosing Hazel could mean ending her oldest friendship; a choice more difficult than Meg ever expected.

By turns heartbreaking and empowering, The Queen Bee and Me explores the challenging dynamics of middle-school friendship in a way readers of any age will appreciate.

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  1. See Pip Point - Otto must rescue a friend who is swept away by a gust of wind in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read by <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author/illustrator, David Milgrim, part of the award-winning, star-reviewed The Adventures of Otto series. <p/>Meet Otto’s friend, Pip. Pip wants Otto’s balloon. Otto’s balloon is very, very big. Pip is very, very small. So when Otto gives Pip his balloon, a breeze sweeps Pip and the balloon up, up, and away! It’s up to Otto (with some help from Zee the Bee) to rescue his friend. Help, Otto, help! <p/>This Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with bright illustrations and minimal text is perfect for the true emergent reader.

  2. Willbee the Bumblebee - A catchy rhyme with endearing illustrations that will leave you buzzing! “With his new jersey on, he got back his hum, all his bits were warmed up… even his bum!” From the bestselling author and illustrator behind the million-copy The Wonky Donkey book comes Willbee the Bumblebee, a catchy rhyme with endearing illustrations that will leave you buzzing! Willbee the bumblebee is so embarrassed when he realizes that his black-and-yellow jacket has caught on a rose thorn and completely unraveled, showing his bare bum! With help from Monica the butterfly and Steve the spider, Willbee recovers his jacket and is back to buzzing around the garden in no time.

  3. Don't Worry, Bee Happy: An Acorn Book - Bumble and Bee love to have FUN. But their best friend Froggy just wants some peace and quiet!

  4. Wannabees - Get ready to roll with Pea, Bee, & Jay in this brand-new early reader graphic novel series by Brian "Smitty" Smith, perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and comic lovers alike!

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Books About Bees and Animals

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The Bee Book
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

The Bee Book shows you step-by-step how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping, and harness the power of honey for well-being. Fully illustrated with full-color photographs throughout, this beautiful guide covers everything you need to know to start your own backyard hive, from setup to harvest. Practical beekeeping techniques are explained with clear step-by-step sequences, photos, and diagrams so you’ll be prepared to establish your own colony, deal with diseases, collect a swarm, and much more. A comprehensive gardening chapter features planting plans to fill container and border gardens, bee “hotel” and habitat projects, and an at-a-glance flower gallery of bees’ favorite plants. The Bee Book also shows you how to harvest honey, beeswax, and propolis from the hive and use these ingredients in 38 recipes for home remedies, beauty treatments, and candle-making. Discover the wonder of bees in nature, in your garden, and in the hive with The Bee Book, lavishly bound in a beautiful gold-foil and texture cover and perfect for gift giving.

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A Bee's Difficult Search for Food
Written by Mary Ellen Klukow & illustrated by Albert Pinilla
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Recommend Ages: 6-8

Animals face scary challenges every day! These narrative nonfiction books focus on describing the changes to animals habitats that affect the animal’s way of life-or even puts their species at risk of dying out! Readers will learn about the reasons for changes in habitats that affect animals and small steps they can take to help protect them. A scout bee is searching for food for the hive, but finds building development where flowers used to be. She must avoid pesticides and swatting humans. Will she find any nectar for the hive? This narrative nonfiction title includes a range map, notes on how to help bees, further resources, and a glossary.

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The Boy Who Lost His Bumble
Written & illustrated by Trudi Esberger
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

The boy in this debut picture book is fascinated by the bees in his garden, and is puzzled and saddened when they disappear one rainy day. What can have caused them to leave, and is there anything he can do to get his bumble back? Nothing he tries is successful, but things start to look a little brighter with the arrival of Spring. A gentle, quirky introduction to the cycles of nature, with an important and highly topical message about the value of bees to our world.

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  1. Bugs Don't Hug - Meet the mamas and papas of the insect world in this fresh and funny nonfiction look at how bugs are like us from popular science author and teacher Heather Montgomery. Most insects don’t take care of their young, but some do–in surprising ways. Some bugs clean up after their messy little ones, cater to their picky eaters, and yes–hug their baby bugs. A fun and clever look at parenting in the insect world, perfect for backyard scientists and their own moms and dads.

  2. Buzz - After learning that a bee’s body is too chunky for flight, Buzz the bumblebee defies the laws of aerodynamics to save a friend in need.

  3. Stuck Together - Get ready to roll with Pea, Bee, & Jay in this brand-new early reader graphic novel series by Brian "Smitty" Smith, perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and comic lovers alike!

  4. Baloney and Friends - Three-time Theodor Seuss Geisel Award recipient Greg Pizzoli launches a full-color graphic novel series about four funny friends that Dav Pilkey declares "will inspire young readers to write and draw their own stories"!

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