13 Buzzing Children's Books About Bees

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.


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Best Bumblebee Books for Preschoolers

 Bees have the extremely important job of pollinating food crops so they can continue to produce fruit, vegetables, and seeds. At the same time, they 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 for preschoolers include fictional stories with some interesting real-life facts about bees and the important role they play in our environment. 

More books for kids who love nature:

Children's Books About Fireflies 

Beautiful Kids' Butterfly Books

Colorful Children's Rainbow Books

Kids' Books About Ladybugs




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 & 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 books or stories about conservation.





Bee Books for Kindergarten and Up

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. Reading kids' books about bees will teach kindergarteners all about their complex social structure and why it is fundamental in producing fresh fruits and vegetables for us to enjoy.



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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 Buzz-Worthy Facts About Bees

Most insects contribute in some way to the greater ecosystem. If you take your children for a walk outdoors on a warm day, you are bound to notice a variety of bugs going about their business. Most of the time, we don't pay all the ants, spiders, caterpillars, centipedes, flies, or any of the other critters much attention. But when a bee is buzzing around, it's natural to feel a little nervous about the threat of a sting.

The reality is that bees are not really interested in you (unless you are eating something sweet and sticky), so it's best to just move along and leave them alone. Swatting at bees or squashing them with a shoe may seem like a good idea. But if your kids truly understand the magical work these buzzy insects do, they will think twice next time.

Here are some pretty incredible facts about bees:




Honeybees are divided into three different working classes. 

(1) The first is the Queen, who is the one holding all the power in a particular bee hive. As the sole reproducer for her hive, the eggs she lays guarantees the survival of future generations. She typically lives about 5 years and lays around 2,500 eggs per day during the summer months.

(2) The second class of bees are the Workers, which represent an all-female group with huge responsibilities for the upkeep and protection of the hive. They are the only ones to leave the hive to forage for nectar and pollen, necessary nutrition for all the bees in the hive. Workers guard the hive dangerous invaders and keep it clean by flapping their wings to circulate the air.

(3) The third and lowest ranking members of the hive are the Drones. These male bees have one purpose only- to mate with the queen. Hundreds of male bees live in the hives during the spring and summer months, but they are tossed out when winter arrives.




There is a process for transferring power to a new queen bee.

When the queen bee dies, there is an established protocol that all honeybees follow in appointing a new leader. Of all the babies in the hive, one larva is selected as the chosen one. From there, the bees feed the larvae a food commonly referred to as the "royal jelly" in order to make her fertile. It is not until then that all power, respect and honor is bestowed upon her Royal Highness.


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Bees have big personalities.

They may look exactly alike, but don't be fooled by their exterior. Researchers have found a wide array of behaviors among bees, suggesting that they are not just a bunch of interchangeable insects. Just like humans, some bees are very hard workers while others demonstrate signs of laziness. There have also been some interesting observations indicating some bees are reserved and timid while other bees desire thrilling experiences. Also, agitating bees definitely seems to cause an emotional reaction!




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