When I went searching for bee books, there were so many options and I really didn’t know which were the best. So I scoured social media for educator and parent recommendations on best bee books for children. I found quite a few.
I’ve created a list that I thought might bee useful for you too. Enjoy!
In full transparency, these looks are affiliate linked, which means I get a very small commission should you buy the book, however, I would recommend you go to your local library and borrow it for free!
by Britta Teckentrup
We already love her book Tree, so I knew that Bee would be just as good. You will adore this bright and lively bee book for your children.
by Kirsten Hall
I have seen this book recommended many times, so I couldn’t leave it out. I haven’t bought it myself yet but as you can see it’s on the top of my list. The illustrations are breathtaking too.
by Rick Chrustowski
This lovely story follows a bee as it’s foraging for pollen. Once it gets back to the hive, it shares the good news with all the other bees through a bee dance. Such a sweet bee book for children to enjoy.
by Alison Jay
The picture on the cover made me smile. I can see why it has been recommended. This is actually a wordless book, which is quite unique and gives you the opportunity to talk about why it doesn’t have words. The story seems pretty wonderful too
A bee flies in the window of the high-rise flat where she lives and a little girl is frightened. She traps the bee and then wonders what to do.
by Candice Fleming
This book has won many honors, so you know it’s one of the best. Parents and educators seemed to think this too.
A tiny honeybee emerges through the wax cap of her cell. Driven to protect and take care of her hive, she cleans the nursery and feeds the larvae and the queen. But is she strong enough to fly? Not yet!
This is something children need to learn. They may have had a bad experience with a bee once, or simply not know why they are sooo important to the biodiversity of our native plants and the wider ecosystem. Share it with them in a simple book form. This is a cute interactive lift-the-flap book too.
by Stephan Buchmann
This book is really intriguing. It appears to have a really beautiful cultural tone too, which I think would make this a unique and valuable book. Learn more about this book and see if it’s right for you.
The Bee Tree tells the magical story of a honey hunt in the dense rainforest of Malaysia.
by Laurie Krebs
Yes, finally a rhyming bee book for children. I love rhyme and to be honest, I thought there would be more. With so many bee puns, bees lend themselves to a warming book about bees, in this case, a beeman!
by Charlotte Milner
A lovely way to introduce bee conservation to children. Learn about the world of bees, why they are important and what we can do to help. This is my kind of book!
by Raymond Huber
Follow a bee as it flies in search of nectar. Along the way, the bee pollinates flowers and supports the planet. This is a stunning book for children with beautiful illustrations. They will bee hooked to the story and to their seats.
by Scot Ritchie
Enjoy the story of a bunch of children visiting a beekeeper in their neighborhood. The kids help Mr. Cardinal (the beekeeper) with his work and he shares his knowledge of bees, what happens in the colony, and how they build their hive.
By Lynn Brunelle
Now, this looks so fun! Your children will learn all about bees, and they have an activity to do. They make the book into a beehive. What brilliant ideas and a super gift idea too.
Be introduced to a bumblebee queen in this sweet book. Learn how she builds her colony and cares for them. The illustrations are enchanting too.
Print out this list of bee books for children and keep them for the next time you’re ready to grab some from the library or buy a couple for your school or learning space at home.
You’re bound to find a few that become personal favourites. You might even recommend them yourself!