5 Bee-utiful Children’s Books That Bring Hope to Bees

Bees are important to our environment, but they are slowly becoming extinct. Come read more about how children’s books can educate everyone about bees!

Non-Fiction Recommendations Young Readers
A yellow background with black stripes going diagonally across it. A group of photos of books is in front of it

Honeybees are the black, yellow, and fuzzy insects that play an enormous role in our ecosystem. They pollinate and support plants that give the rest of us food or oxygen. However, honeybees, and other bee species, are going extinct. There are over 20,000 bee species that pollinate crops and give honey. They must not die out, and we can have a hand in saving them. But the first step is to educate everyone about bees and their importance. This includes the younger generations.

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming

The first book on the list is a beautiful picture book. It describes the life cycle of a honeybee. A honeybee takes care of the hive and leaves it to find nectar to make into honey. But the honeybee’s circumstances are a big part of their life cycle. The book’s lyrical writing describes this plight as something to learn from. It also helps children understand honeybees and what changes they go through. Features such as illustrations bring this book to life and add depth to the lives of bees.

A book cover with a fuzzy honeybee sitting on a flower. The title above it says honeybee: the busy life of apis mellifera by candace fleming

One summer morning deep in the nest, a new honeybee squirms, pushes, chews through the wax cap of her solitary cell.

Candace Fleming

The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner

The Bee Book introduces the topic of bees to children with fun facts and beautiful pictures. Different chapters start with a question about bees. These chapters end with a greater understanding of the terms that surround bees and what they do. Additionally, illustrations in these chapters help emphasize what the term is. The adorable book also highlights why bees need our help.

A light blue book cover with a big bee in the middle. In front of the bee is the title that says the bee book by charlotte milner

Bees have been on planet Earth for 100 million years. That’s a lot longer than us humans and even longer than some dinosaurs!

Charlotte Milner

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter by Shabazz Larkin

The third book on the list is another beautiful picture book that acts as a love letter to bees. This book highlights the importance of bees through observations. It describes the world’s treatment of bees through analogies between bees and children. Features such as illustrations and writing enhance the importance of bees. The author draws a comparison of how loved bees and children are.

A yellow book cover with a little boy looking at a bee. Next to him is the title the thing about bees: a love letter by shabazz larkin

Because some foods won’t grow without bees to help them along.

Shabazz Larkin

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton

This book illustrates the importance of bees gathering nectar. It describes how bees help support the environment. These processes are elegantly written and easy for children to comprehend. Additionally, it takes away the fear of bees and helps children understand why bees sting. This added knowledge will help anyone who is scared of bees and confused about them.

A book cover with a water color hive background and bees in front of it. Next to the bees are flowers and the title that says give bees a chance by bethany barton

Blow gently on bees to make them scatter.

Bethany Barton

If Bees Disappeared by Lily Williams

The final book on the list deals with the scary thought of bees disappearing. There are over 20,000 different bee species, and most of them are endangered. This book delves into why bees are endangered and what affects them. However, through a science experiment, Williams shows us what would happen if bees disappeared. But it is not all doom and gloom. Williams also describes what we can do to help bees and save them.

A book cover with rolling hills and a flower garden on it. Two children are looking at a bee and above them is the title that says if bees disappeared by lily williams

Bees are keystone species, which means they are one of the most important animals in their ecosystem.

Lily Williams

Additionally, these books cover bees and what they do. Different books for all ages explain the parts bees play in our ecosystem. The recommended books mainly say what we can do for this endangered species. However, educating new generations about bees is crucial. So they can help protect bees and not be scared of them.

For more children’s book recommendations, click here!