Is there a time when you start to fall in love with bees? Many of us learned about bees when we were young through the nursery rhyme “I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee,” which we learned in school. First, the tune isn’t bad. At the end, the bee is squashed by a child after it gets stung. When it comes to our pollinators, this is not the kind of thing you want to start teaching your child. Buzzbee from Honey Nut Cheerios and Barry B. Benson from the Bee Movie are the only two bees who aren’t bad guys in movies and TV shows. The way bees are shown to kids doesn’t get better as they get older.
Because we live in a world where there are *drumroll please* books, we are lucky. Nursery rhymes and movies often make bees out to be bad guys, but there are a lot of books on bees that we can read. There are a lot of books out there that can help people of all ages learn more about bees. We’ve put together a list of them to help kids, bee lovers, and beekeepers learn more about them.
The Little Beekeeper
These books are for kids ages 4 to 9, and they’re a fun way for kids to learn about bees and how they affect the environment.
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall
This is a beautiful book that takes kids on a pollinator journey. They’ll follow a honey bee as she goes about her business every day. She collects pollen and nectar for the hive. Kids will learn about different plants, honey bee jobs, the seasons, and the world around us.
Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley
A bear named Benedict lives with bees and gets three jars of honey a day from them. This is a fun picture book. That is, until one day, the bees stop making honey and go on strike! They don’t like how they live and that there isn’t much food around their house. In this book, bees are shown in a clever way. If we don’t give them a healthy place to live, we won’t get our honey and all the other things they do for us!
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole
Is anyone else a fan of the Magic School Bus? You should show your kids these books because they are both fun and interesting. Make sure you get on the bus with Ms. Frizzle so you can fly to a new world of honey bees. In this lesson, kids will learn about how the workers, drones, and queen bee all work together as a colony. In addition, they’ll learn how the bees make honey, beeswax, and propolis as well.
Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
This well-written book does a great job of explaining why bees and other insects aren’t dangerous. In this text, the author talks about how bees help us grow food and keep our environment healthy. This is a great way for kids to learn more about the pollinators that live near them.
They’re our favorite beekeeping guides, whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced beek!
The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum
People who are just starting out, this one is for you! In this book, you’ll learn about everything you need to start beekeeping from start to finish. The author gives great advice on what to wear, where to put your hive, and how to get honey. This book comes with a honey recipe guide, making it the perfect tool for someone who wants to live a sweet and healthy life.
The Beekeepers Bible by Richard Jones and Sharon Sweeney-Lynch
Take a look at a beekeeper’s house and you’re likely to see this on their shelf. It doesn’t matter if they bought it or someone gave it to them. Most beekeepers have looked through its pages at some point or another. This book is not only beautiful to look at, but it also has tips and tricks that will help you become a better beekeeper. It also has beekeeping history and a cookbook, making it the best guide for beekeepers everywhere.
The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush
As someone who doesn’t use any kind of treatment, this guide is for you! This is what the author has to say about how to keep your bees as natural as possible. He has been beekeeping for a long time, and this is the best guide for beekeeping naturally.
The Bee Lovers
Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes
This book is about author Helen Jukes as she grows tired of her boring office job and moves a lot. Then, when she moves to Oxford, a friend gives her a bee colony. She starts beekeeping right away. She finds peace and solace with her bees, even though her personal and professional lives are a mess.
Dr. Jamoke’s Little Book of Hitherto Uncompiled Facts and Curiosities about Bees by Hezekiah Jamoke and Glenn Alan Cheney
There are a lot of interesting bee facts and tips in this book, but it’s not very long. You’ll learn about bee myths and legends, and you’ll be able to tell fun, weird bee stories at party.
Bee Quest by Dave Goulson
Goulson goes on a search for an unknown bee, from the United Kingdom to South America. He goes on an adventure of a lifetime and learns about the world around him as he goes. For a fun and funny adventure that might make you want to go on a trip, strap in!
Buzz by Thor Hanson
This is another great book about bees having fun. Thor Hanson is a well-known author who travels all over North and South America to find out more about everything that makes a noise. It starts at the US-Mexico border and ends in the Amazon Rainforest. Hanson tells the story of his adventures and explains how important bees are to our world.
Books, like bees, are magical and important, just like they are for us. Help us understand our pollinator friends and show why they aren’t something to be afraid of or squished. No, I haven’t read them. Do you have any ideas? We’d love to talk to you. In the subject line, write “Bee Books.” Continue to read and learn for the bees. Keep being a beekeeper for the bees.