Bees on the Brain
When we’re at markets and bazaars, the kids, and even their parents, ask questions about the bees. We love talking about the bees. How better to engage people than to let them hear our passion, our awe, and our concerns about the bees, beekeeping, challenges facing the bees, and what our changing world might mean for the bees, and for us.
Children love to learn about the world around them, and books are a great way for them to explore. I was a child who loved books. I still love books, and am glad that some of the others in the family have developed a love of books too. This actually lead me to our local bookstore looking for holiday presents. While being there, a couple of children’s books on bees caught my eye.
These books made me wish my kids were still children. How they would have loved these books!
Introducing Bees to Your Children
Some of the books that I saw are very fact filled, while others are more whimsical in nature. Either way, these books all delved into such topics as bee anatomy, behavior, and social structure; flower pollination, nectar and pollen collection by the bees, the connection between bees and the foods we eat, and honey production; and environmental factors and illnesses affecting honey bees, our changing environment, and how we can help honeybees and other pollinators.
The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi explores the activities of an urban beekeeper, and the hives he tends on the rooftop of his apartment building. It is in a story format, but still quite informative.
For a fun presentation, consider the The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole. Join Ms Frizzle and her class as they explore the world of honeybees. Even if TV show based books aren’t your thing, reconsider The Magic School Bus series of books, and dare I say, the TV show itself!
There is notable and interesting books that look at the plight of the honeybees are next in line. All four of these titles explore bees in general, the troubles honeybees are experiencing, and what those troubles could mean for people. These books are aimed at middle to older elementary school aged students.
This book takes a look at the factors that could be causing or contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It also explores what scientists are doing to study the problem, and what we can do to help the bees.
This book looks at what might happen if just one species, the tiny honey bees, is lost. How might it affect the surrounding plants and animals? Grasslands are found on all the continents except Antarctica, and the ideas in this book can be applied to other ecosystems.
These book takes a look at the roll of honeybees in our food chain, the many factors that could be causing or contributing to the disappearance of the honeybees.
Aimed at children in the early grades, The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner, has 48 fact filled pages clearly presented in an easy to follow format. For a more in-depth, beautifully illustrated look at all things bees, check out
The Bee Book By Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff, Emma Tennant (Contribution by), Fergus Chadwick (Contribution by) This book is very thorough at 244 pages, and begs to be read! It is aimed at older kids, and even adults.
Bee Ready for More
These are just a few of the many bee books out there aimed at children of all ages.
Books make wonderful presents. They are books enduring and something to cherished. So, if you’d like to find a gift that will fascinate, entertain, educate,and motivate, why not give the gift of a book to a child in your life. If you give a book, consider one of these great titles on honeybees.
Bees are incredibly important and the more we educate people on them the more we can do to help them. Likewise; our children are incredible and important and the more we teach them the more they can make an impact on our future. Moreover, education is the key ingredient to provide for our youth so they can make a positive changes and developments for the world. Despite not having the clear answer on what we can do for the little pollinators, we can help improve the tools of our youth to help build a brighter future.