You’ve heard about the world’s bee crisis, right? More and more often in recent years we’ve been told that bees are in decline worldwide. Without them, not only do many pretty flowers not get pollinated, but neither does much of the fruit, veg, and other crops that we eat.
That’s why it’s important that the next generation is made aware of the problem. Today I’d like to share two great picture books with you that aim to do just that: Bea’s Bees and Follow That Bee!
Author: Katherine Pryor
Illustrator: Ellie Peterson
Beatrix loves to watch the bees that buzz in and out of their hive in a tree in her local park. So when they mysteriously disappear, Bea is determined to find out what happened and bring them back.
Bea first goes to her teacher, then reads up on bees at the library and finally raises awareness by making her science fair project all about bees – even handing out wildflower seeds to other children to plant themselves. In more ways that one, Bea sows the seeds for change. Finally, she’s rewarded when her bees return!
I love the way this book teaches children that they can really make a difference if they feel strongly about a topic. It also presents them with a determined, intelligent, diverse female main character.
The soft, colourful illustrations nicely complement the text, showing all kinds of interesting details, such as the various steps of the scientific method written on the wall when Bea is talking to her teacher.
Informative back matter explains reasons for the bee crisis and tells readers what they can do to help. There are also names and pictures of various flowers that bees like to visit.
Follow That Bee!
Author & Illustrator: Scot Ritchie
Follow That Bee! demonstrates the importance of bees even in towns and cities as five children help out a local beekeeper, Mr Cardinal.
Readers discover along with the children what bees eat, how they pollinate plants, how their hives are constructed, how they communicate with each other, and much more.
Gone are the days when informative books for children consisted of dry descriptions punctuated with the occasional picture. Follow That Bee! feels like a fun story from which children can learn a huge amount without even really noticing they’re learning.
Friendly, cheerful illustrations on varied spreads bring the text to life.
Included at the back of the book are instructions on how to make a bee bath, as well as a glossary of important words.
You can get hold of copies of these fantastic books by clicking on the links below!
Bea’s Bees was released on 28th March 2019 by Schiffer Publishing. Follow That Bee! will be released on 2nd April by Kids Can Press. Many thanks to NetGalley, Schiffer Publishing and Kids Can Press for advance reader copies in exchange for honest reviews.
Follow That Bee!