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Spring has sprung…or in the case of Florida…spring has high-tailed it out of here and made way for summer! Spring always makes me think of gardens, flowers, and BEES! The kids and I have never done an in-depth study of bees, so I thought now would be the perfect time to start studying them!
When I first begin planning a unit study for my kiddos, my first step is always choosing books. You probably deduced that on your own if you have read any of my previous book obsessed posts! So, as I began to gather information for this new unit on bees, I began by searching out books! We have oodles of non-fiction books that are amazing and we will absolutely be utilizing! However, for the sake of this post, I am focusing on beautiful, lovely, delicious picture books! There is something about a picture book that just makes knowledge lovely and accessible! So, here are my very favorite BEE-utiful picture books about bees!
Bees: A Honeyed History
This book is big, beautiful, and packed with information. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful…I just kept flipping through. Bees: A Honeyed History is going to not only teach you about bees, but also share their role in the ecosystem throughout many different time periods! You will learn all about the anatomy of bees, honey production, and so much more. This is a must-have for any unit on bees…can’t recommend this one enough! This book is written and illustrated by Piotr Socha and published by Harry N.Abrams.
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Sweet Georgia Peaches this is a gorgeous book. This is such a unique and clever book by Britta Teckentrup! Peek through the cut-outs into the beautiful world of bees! This book has some absolutely stunning illustrations, which is no surprise given that Britta Teckentrup is an artistic genius. I recently included two of her books in my post about birds! Her books are mindblowing, and Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book is no exception! Learn all about bees, pollination, and even take a peek inside a working hive. This is such a sweet book with rhyming text, but also full of amazing information that kids will love. Such a lovely book. Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book is published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers!
I have checked this book out of the library so many times that I think the librarian might just give it to me. Ok, maybe not, but she should. The illustrations and sweet story in this book are so lovely but also so informative. You will learn all about the life of a honeybee and why they are so special. The Honeybee is full of whimsical illustrations that will keep your eyes happy from beginning to end. The Honeybee is written by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers! A gem!
The Bee Book
The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner is packed to the gills with information. I learned SO much about bees from this book…it was truly amazing. Not only will you learn about different types of bees and bee anatomy, but you will learn about pollination, how bees communicate, how to create a bee-friendly garden, how you can help bees, and so much more. The illustrations are gorgeous and the information is presented in such an intriguing way that you want to keep turning the pages! This is an amazing book to plan your bee lesson from as well as it covers so many different topics! Highly recommend this one! The Bee Book is published by DK Children.
Chances are good if you are learning about a science topic you will come across a book by Gail Gibbons. The Honeymakers is a fabulous book written and illustrated by the amazing Gail Gibbons. I have only just discovered her books this year, but I am hooked. She has such an amazing way of filling her books with information and presenting it in such a fun and beautiful way. Gibbons takes topics that could potentially be confusing for young children and makes them easy to understand and fun. We adore her illustrations and definitely recommend this book if you are wanting to teach your kids more about bees and honey production! The Honeymakers is published by Collins Books.
The Life and Times of the Honeybee
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci is full of rich illustrations! Such a beautifully done book. There is so much information packed into this book it is amazing. Not only will you learn all about bees, you will learn about the history of bees and their uses, you will learn about honey, and even about beeswax and its many uses. This book is an amazing introduction to all things bees and incorporates humor as well as facts! Definitely a great addition and so good for multiple ages! The Life and Times of the Honeybee is published by HMH Books for Young Readers!
Are you a Bee?
Are you a Bee? is another wonderful book from the Backyard Book Series. In this warmly illustrated book, you will learn all about the life cycle of a bee. While this isn’t a super long book, there is a lot of information included. You and your kiddo will learn about the job of bees in a hive and how the backyard can be a very busy place if you are a bee! Are you a Bee? is written by Judy Allen and illustrated by Tudor Humphries. It is published by Kingfisher.
Flight of the Honey Bee
Flight of the Honey Bee is another gem of an introduction to the amazing world of honeybees. This is a captivating story about the flight of a young bee. We learn that despite the small size of a bee, it has such an important role! This is the perfect book to teach all about the life cycle of the honeybee. The illustrations will captivate you…they are so beautiful. You will also learn about how to help bees and why it is so important! Flight of the Honey Bee is written by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, and published by Candlewick.
The Honeybee Man
Oh this is such a lovely book. The Honeybee Man is written by Lela Nargi and illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker and is a sneak peek into the life of a beekeeper. The story follows Fred, a beekeeper from Brooklyn. Fred keeps his bees on the rooftop of his building and his honey is loved and adored by many in his community. This is an amazing introduction to the work of beekeepers and the honey making process. This would be a great book to share with your children prior to a field trip to seeing honeybees! The Honeybee Man is published by Schwartz & Wade.
The Beeman is another book that focuses on the life of a beekeeper. It is told from the point of view of a child who has a grandfather who is a beekeeper. This book is packed with information about beekeeping, how honey is made, and where bees live. We loved the rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. We will read this book again before our trip to see honeybees! The Beeman is written by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Valeria Cis. This book is published by Barefoot Books.
Do you have a favorite book about bees?