The Top 25 Children's Books About Bees

Updated Apr. 16, 2019

“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!

The Bee Tree book
#1
The Bee Tree
Written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
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.

Please Please the Bees book
#2
Please Please the Bees
Written and illustrated by Gerald Kelley
picture book
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?

Little Yellow Bee book
#3
Little Yellow Bee
Written by Cottage Door Press, Ginger Swift and illustrated by Katya Longhi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This board book isn't solely about bees, but also includes other fun bugs you'd find outdoors!

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. ISBN: 978-1-68052-083-5 5.0"w x 5.0"h 6 lift-a-flap spreads embossed cover with foil

Little Bee: Finger Puppet Book book
#4
Little Bee: Finger Puppet Book
Written and illustrated by Chronicle Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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.

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

The Honeybee book
#5
The Honeybee
Written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
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.

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.

Bee: a Peek-Through Picture Book book
#6
Bee: a Peek-Through Picture Book
Written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from Mr. Stacatto

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.

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.

Honey book
#7
Honey
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

The Beeman book
#8
The Beeman
Written by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Valeria Cis
picture book
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.

Are You a Bee? book
#9
Are You a Bee?
Written by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

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.

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.

The Very Greedy Bee book
#10
The Very Greedy Bee
Written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Jack Tickle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A greedy bee learns a lesson when he "slurps and burps" too much nectar, falls asleep in a meadow, and needs help from other insects to find his way home after dark.

Bee and Me book
#11
Bee and Me
Written and 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.

The Big Honey Hunt book
#12
The Big Honey Hunt
Written and illustrated by Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Papa Bear tries to teach Small Bear how to find honey in a honey tree.

What If There Were No Bees? book
#13
What If There Were No Bees?
Written by Suzanne Buckingham Slade and illustrated by Carol Schwartz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Follows the chain reaction of losing one animal species, bees, to the grassland ecosystem.

The Bee Bully book
#14
The Bee Bully
Written by Angela Muse and illustrated by Ewa Podles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This grumpy little bee does not treat his neighbors very well, but something happens to him that makes him change his ways. He soon learns that treating others with kindness is the best way to earn friends. Also check out Lil Glimmer, The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure, The Pig Princess, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Monsters Have Mommies, Suzy Snowflake, Cactus Charlie, The Cat Who Lost His Meow, The Christmas Owl, Ten Thankful Turkeys & Caterpillar Shoes by this author.

UnBEElievables book
#15
UnBEElievables
Written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Beholding Bee book
#16
Beholding Bee
Written and illustrated by Kimberly Newton Fusco
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In 1942, when life turns sour at the carnival that has always been her home, eleven-year-old Bee takes her dog, Peabody, and piglet, Cordelia, and sets out to find a real home, aided by two women only Bee and her pets can see.

The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive book
#17
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a fieldtrip to a beehive in her magic school bus.

Give Bees a Chance book
#18
Give Bees a Chance
Written and illustrated by Bethany Barton
picture book
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!

Bees book
#19
Bees
Written and illustrated by Piotr Socha
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

"Translated from the Polish Pszczoty by Agnes Monod-Gayraud."

The Life and Times of the Honeybee book
#20
The Life and Times of the Honeybee
Written and illustrated by Charles Micucci
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Depicts the life cycle and habits of the honeybee, describing in detail the organization of the hive and the making of honey.

The Bee Book book
#21
The Bee Book
picture book
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.

the bee book book
#22
the bee book
Written and illustrated by Charlotte Milner
picture book
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!

The Honeybee and the Robber book
#23
The Honeybee and the Robber
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

After gathering nectar and making its way safely home, a lone honeybee saves the day when a bear attacks the hive.

Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns book
#24
Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns
Written and illustrated by Dee Leone
picture book
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.

Buzz buzz busy bees book
#25
Buzz buzz busy bees
Written by Melanie Gerth, Dawn Bentley and illustrated by Heather Cahoon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Buzz-Buzz, Busy Bees makes learning animal sounds simple and fun. Children will love the rhyming story and all the fuzzy touch-and-feel bees who buzz by all their barnyard friends!

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