There are likely to be bees as one of the first bugs that kids see when they’re young. With their big size and loud buzzing, it’s hard to miss them. There is also the fear of being stung, even if you haven’t been stung by anything. So, bees are often on the list of things that scare young people. This is sad because bees are having a hard time surviving, and if they don’t, it will have a big impact on our lives and our environment. There are a lot of kids’ books about bees that can help kids learn about how important they are and what they do. We might be able to get people to change their minds about bees and save them with a little help from education.
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Bea’s Bees* Written by Katherine Pryor and illustrated by Ellie Peterson
In this cute story, a young girl named Beatrix finds a bee hive and starts to watch them work. As soon as they go away, she tries to learn everything she can about bees in an effort to save them from being killed. In this story, we learn a lot about the important things that bees do for our world and how we can do the same. In the illustrations, the flowers that Bea and her neighbors plant are shown in all of their glory. The back of the book also has information about bee conservation. One time, my daughter decided to help save the bees, too. Then, we’ll be putting in some wildflowers soon!
Hello Honeybees* Written by Hannah Roge and illustrated by Emily Dove
Bees are important, and they do a lot of hard work. This cute board book teaches very young children about them. The simple text and sweet illustrations follow a group of bees as they go about their day. They find flowers, spread pollen, and make honey, among other tasks. The cute bee characters even make kids want to get up and dance to the Bee Waggle song and dance. The bees on the cover of the book come out and are attached to the book with ribbon. In this book, the book itself turns into a beehive, letting kids fly their busy bees all over the hive.
Being a Bee* Written by Jinny Johnson and illustrated by Lucy Davey
Children will learn a lot about what it’s like to be a bee in this book! There is a lot of information in the nonfiction text about how they look and how they live, as well as how important their jobs are. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and they show what life is like inside the hive and what the bees do in the world. The book also has a table of contents, a glossary, and more information, making it a good first step for kids who want to learn more about nonfiction texts.
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book Written by Britta Teckentrup
In this lovely book, a descriptive rhymed text and beautiful illustrations help kids learn about bees’ jobs and where they live in the world. The text is full of images that make you feel good, which are shown in the mixed-media illustrations that are bright and colorful. The pages also have hexagon-shaped cutouts that show off the bee on each page, making them stand out.
Give Bees a Chance Written and illustrated by Bethany Barton
If you don’t know what bees are, it’s easy to be afraid of them. At the start of this book, Edgar tells his friend, the person who is telling this story, about how he doesn’t like bees. The narrator tells Edgar (and the reader) a lot of interesting things about bees in the hope that Edgar will change his mind. There are a lot of scientific facts in the text, but they are written in a way that is easy to understand. Throughout the book, Edgar talks about his fear of bees and their stingers, which kids will find very interesting. This book talks about why kids are afraid, and it helps them see past it.
Please Please the Bees Written and illustrated by Gerald Kelley
A bear named Benedict is the star of this story, and he’s so cute! He loves honey! Every day, the bees bring him honey. He eats and drinks it all day. Benedict doesn’t know what to do when the bees go on strike, and he doesn’t know what to do. It helps him learn what he can do to help them with their work if he pays attention to the bees. People are all part of nature, and it is important for us to look after the world around us. They are very cute, but they also show the bear eating, knitting, and baking just like a real person would.
The Honeybee Written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Children will learn about honeybees’ jobs through soft illustrations and a lively, rhythmic text in this lovely book. As he searches for a flower, the bee’s journey is shown in poetic language. A lot of the illustrations have a yellow color scheme, which makes the world of bees look like a bright place. The bee character is drawn in a fun cartoon style that encourages kids to look at bees in a new way.
The Big Honey Hunt Written by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This is the first book in the Berenstain Bears series, which is a lot of people love. They go on a hunt to find more honey when the bear family runs low. They follow a honeybee as he tries to find his hive, but they run into a lot of problems on the way. To move the story forward, the rhyming text uses words that are repeated and a fast pace. Pictures in the book show Father Bear getting into trouble while on the hunt. They’ll enjoy the silly situations, and their parents will love the funny ending.
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
It’s a fun story about Ms. Frizzle and her class as they learn about bees and their work firsthand in this imaginative book. A lot of important things happen when Ms. Frizzle shrinks the bus down and turns the students into bees. They learn about honeycomb, beeswax, and more. This is how it looks like in the illustrations: The bees are the students and the teacher. They show what life is like from a bee’s point of view. A lot of information is in the text, and the speech bubbles in the illustrations show funny things that happen between students in the class. Also, there are diagrams and essays written by the students in the class that are in the sidebars, too.
Princesses Save the World* Written by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim and illustrated by Eva Byrne
Follows Princess Penelope Pineapple and her friends as they try to help the Strawberry Kingdom get bees back. The story has a lot of princesses who are fun to look at. They use some creative thinking and teamwork to save the world. The story shows how important bees are to growing fruit, which will make kids want to save them as well. The illustrations have a lot of bright colors and fun little things in them.