Bee Smart! Books about Pollinators for Kids

National Pollinator Week logoAs National Pollinator Week comes to a close, discover books about bees and other pollinators to enjoy with your children and to help kids understand the roles pollinators play in our environment. And then on Monday, June 24, sign them up for Summer of Learning so they can continue to Explore Your World!


The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall
Told in rhyming couplets, the poem of this book follows bees as they search for nectar, gather pollen, and make the nectar into honey. For readers preschool-grade 2.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber
On a fall day, a bee scouts flowers for her hive to harvest, thus introducing to readers the way a beehive shares work and the basics of honey production. On her journey, our bee faces threats such as a blackbird and a thunderstorm before returning to share her information at the hive. For readers kindergarten-grade 2.

The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner
This introduction to honeybees is jam full of facts about honey production, pollination, inter-bee communication, social networks, and much more. For readers kindergarden-grade 2.

Bea’s Bees by Katherine Pryor, illustrated by Ellie Peterson
Beatrix discovers a wild bumblebee nest, but one day the bees mysteriously disappear. Can Bea inspire her school to help her save the bees? By a Seattle author and illustrator. Find art and coloring pages, plus teacher resources, on illustrator Peterson’s website. For readers grades 1-3.

Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha
In this large format book, readers discover facts about bee anatomy, pollination, and communication, but also learn about the bee’s place in history and culture and about beekeeping around the world. For readers grades 2-5.

Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night by Rob Laidlaw
Bees aren’t the only pollinators! Discover where bats live, what they eat, and how they communicate. Learn about their roles in pollination and insect control, threats facing them, and work being done by kids and teens around the world to help with conservation efforts. For readers grades 3-7.

But don’t stop here! Summer of Learning begins Monday, June 24. The theme this year is Explore Your World, and in addition to an activity guide, kids can participate in Bug Safari workshops and more to learn about the nature around them.

If you missed it, we also suggested books for adults to learn about pollinators and how to attract them into your garden.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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