13 Buzzing Children's Books About Bees

willbee the bumblebee

A simply adorable story about a bumblebee who finds himself in a prickly situation. He proudly buzzes around in his comfy black and yellow striped shirt, which keeps him warm and covered up in all the right places. Then suddenly his world is turned upside down when the shirt gets caught on a rose thorn. No longer is he warm and snuggly, but even worse, his bum is exposed. It's a good thing  Monica the butterfly and Steve the spider come to his rescue. A catchy rhyme about the perils of a bumblebee and the value of friends who have his back.





Valuable Picture Books About Bees for Kids

 Bees have the extremely important job of pollinating food crops so they can continue to produce fruit, vegetables, and seeds. Just like kids learn by reading stories about butterflies, lots of insects, including bumblebees, play a crucial role in the world's food supply. At the same time, bees can be quite a nuisance with their painful stings, interrupting picnics and other outdoor activities by buzzing around nervous children. It's a good thing these insects usually show up in books as friendly bugs, never causing any hurt or harm to those who cross their path.

These bee books include non-fictional stories with some interesting facts about the important role they play in our environment. Most notably, they thrive working in the sun all day long, producing honey for the world to enjoy. Kids on the playground at school run from bees in fright, perhaps from the memory of a painful sting. Except in the case of children with allergies, bee stings are a small price to pay for the incredible work these insects do to pollinate plants and flowers. Readers will learn all about their complex social structure and why it is fundamental in producing fresh fruits and vegetables for us to enjoy.



Jerry the bee wants nothing more in life than to be accepted and to have some friends. He does everything in his power, from giving away flowers and honey to telling silly jokes, but nothing works. He is a bee after all, and the fact that he is over-sized does not help. In a strange turn of events, Jerry stumbles upon a wig which serves as a nice disguise. So off to school he goes with the rest of the kids for a day of learning and fun. A darling book about friendship, acceptance, and being true to yourself.



bumblebee grumblebee

Toddlers will love the rhyming wordplay used to describe each little critter in this board book. When the bumblee breaks his favorite toy, he transforms into a grumblebee! A cockatoo getting dressed is a sockatoo, a potty-training pelican is a smellican, and the fun goes on and on. Funny, expressive drawings reflect each one's mood and sentiment about the situation. Overall, a fun book to add to your toddler's bee book collection.




the buzzy bee book for kids

Preschoolers will enjoy following along a honeybee's journey and learning about all the different roles bees play. From inside the beehive to out and about in the world, kids will witness the work of the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone. Readers will explore photos of bees aking delicious honey and pollinating plants that produce fruits and vegetables. Fun games, puzzles and activities in the back of the book reinforce the material covered.




A most magical story that taps into the imagination of little readers. On a bright, sunny day, a young boy finds himself enthralled with the behavior of the honeybees. He quietly watches them buzzing between the flowers and their beehive. Much to his amazement, he hears their tiny voices inviting him to join them. In the blink of an eye, he shrinks down to their size and spends the rest of the day living his life as a honeybee. Little tots will adore learning all about bees in this whimsical storybook.



bee and me

 An evocative, wordless, picture book is about a special friendship between a little girl and a bee. One day she hops on his back and they explore the world from high in the sky. What they witness is a sad place where pollution and trash have replaced bees and other elements of nature. The beauty of this book is that readers can make up their own stories about what they observe and how they can make the world a better place. This remarkable book works well as a pair with other bee picture books or stories about conservation.






i am a bee

 In an easy-to-understand format, a comprehensive look at the complex world of bees is covered. Bees are responsible for pollinating the plants to grow the food we eat. They keep the trees healthy and the flowers colorful.  Kids will learn about the hierarchy of the bee colony and the kind of work bees at every level perform. How bees communicate, what they eat, how they accomplish their important work, and all kinds of other facts are presented from the perspective of an adorable honeybee narrator.


the life and times of the honeybee

A comprehensive, easy-to-understand look at the life of honeybee is spread throughout the pages of this illustrated children's book. The author introduces a vast amount of information about the life cycle, social structure, and honey-making process. Interesting pictorials alongside witty explanations make this an attractive choice for young children with short attention spans. Kids will learn about what a beekeeper does and all the products on our shelves that contain beeswax. A must-read for kids who want to learn more about honeybees.



buzzy the bumblebee

A darling story about believing in yourself and not listening to the nay-sayers in life. Buzzy is sitting atop a flower with his nose buried in a book. He reads a story about bumblebees not having the ability to fly, which surely can't be true. But as he rereads the words, self-doubt creeps into his mind and Buzzy wonders how he will ever safely get home. Overcoming his fear, Buzzy finally takes flight and soars over the fields and streams until he is reuinted with his family. A heartwarming book about courage, fear, and overcoming obstacles.



honeybee the busy life of apis mellifera

A multiple award-winning book about the complex life of Apis Mellifera, a honeybee whose journey is documented from birth to death. In-depth text details all of her many responsibilities from the moment she emerges from her cell. Born with pre-programmed instincts, Apis immediately delves into cleaning the hive and feeding the larvae. She has many other responsibilities as well, like protecting the hive from predators and building a comb to safely store the honey. And then one day her wings develop strong enough for her to fly and take care of her duties outside the bee hive. Gorgeous illustrations culminate into an incredible gatefold on the final page. 



the honeybee

 Whimsical pictures whisk readers off into fields of flowers with the honeybees. Written with a cadence that reflects the buzzing and movement of honeybees, the story brings to life these ever-important insects. Kids will enjoy learning about how they pollinate flowers, collect nectar, and make honey. The bees' seemingly erratic flight pattern is fun to trace throughout the pages, until children finally understand that none of the behaviors or movements are random or done without purpose. The golden overtones are reminiscent of the sweet, sticky, delicious treat that only honeybees can produce.



the thing about bees

A notable, award-winning work of art that pays tribute to the bees that feed our planet. The book is written as a love poem from a father to his sons. Through his choice words, he imparts wisdom about how the root of fear often comes from misunderstanding. Such is the case with bees, which are the most important bugs on the planet. The father explains all of the ways bees pollinate plants, why we need them to grow food, and how to avoid a painful sting. A most unique contribution to the list of children's books about bees that nicely complements other titles.



if bees disappeared

This book provides a comprehensive explanation of the role bees play and the devastating effect of their disappearance on the entire planet. Readers will learn all about how honeybees work to pollinate plants and why this is necessary to grow healthy food. A lot of phrases are introduced, like superorganisms, keystone species, and Colony Collapse Disorder, to give context around the problems the bee population is experiencing. Children will understand that the disappearance of foraging habitats, the extensive use of pesticides, and inadequate nutrition are all contributing to the demise of bees.


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Why Read Stories About Bees

Lots of kids have a natural aversion to bees, most certainly because of the pain a sting can induce. Except for rare cases for people who are allergic to bee stings, the fear and trepidation far outweighs the actual discomfort from a tiny prick of the skin. Sharing facts about bees is a fantastic way to education kids about all the ways we need these incredible insects to survive. When armed with valuable information about bees, children will learn to respect their contributions, even if it means coping with a slightly irritating sting every once in a while. Bees help produce more than one third of the world's healthy food supply. They help produce fiber, oil, and raw materials. And they even play an important part in developing medications. Little readers will also be interested in learning more about climate change and the impact on the scent of plants, which in turn negatively impacts bees' ability to find food.  


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