Best Children's Books About Bees

12 Children's Books About Bees

Updated Jan. 18, 2019
Give Bees a Chance book
#1
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!

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble book
#2
The Boy Who Lost His Bumble
Written and illustrated by Trudi Esberger
picture book
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.

UnBEElievables book
#3
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.

Bobby Bear and the Honeybees book
#4
Bobby Bear and the Honeybees
Written by and illustrated by Maurice Pledger
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A one-of-a-kind adventure with Bobby Bear! Bobby Bear is on an adventure, looking for the source of the wild honey he can smell. He looks here and there and--well--everywhere, and bumps into various animal friends along the way. Travel along with Bobby Bear in this lift-a-flap journey and see what pops up around every twist and turn! Bobby Bear and the Honeybees is a charming story full of captivating illustrations that children will love.

Honey book
#5
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.

Please Please the Bees book
#6
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?

The Honeybee book
#7
The Honeybee
Written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
picture book
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.

Bizz & Buzz Make Honey Buns book
#8
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.

Bugs Don't Hug book
#9
Bugs Don't Hug
Written by Heather L. Montgomery and illustrated by Stephen Stone
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Honeybees and Frenemies book
#10
Honeybees and Frenemies
Written and illustrated by Kristi Wientge
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey. It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no. Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.

Bee book
#11
Bee
Written and illustrated by Grace Jones
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

With this series children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant confident readers alike.

Hello Honeybees book
#12
Hello Honeybees
Written by Hannah Rogge and illustrated by Emily Dove
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

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.

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