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 Selective list of books abvailable at local libraries (SCLD - Spokane County Library District; SPL - Spokane Public Library)

  • Amazing Bees, by Sue Unstead, 2016. Beginning reader. Learn about bees from buzzing to different flowers to being a vital part of the earth's ecosystem. ( Grades 1-3) (SCLD)
  • Bee, by Karen Hartley and Chris Macro, 2006.  A simple introduction to the physical chracteristics, diet, life cycle, predators, and lifespan of bees. (Grades 1-4) (SCLD)
  • Bees, by Sue Barraclough, 2005. (Grades 3-6) (SCLD)
  • Bees, by Julie Murray, 2011. Introduces bees, describing their physical characteristics, life cycle, feeding habits, and hive behavior. (Grades 3-6) (SCLD)
  • Bees, by Suzanne Slade, 2008. (Grades 3-6) (SCLD)
  • Bees, by the editors of Time for kids with Elizabeth Winchester, 2005. Meet a beekeeper. Peek inside a beehive. Find out how some bees make honey. Learn more than thirty fun facts about these busy insects. (Grades 1-4) (SCLD & SPL)
  • Bees and Their Hives, by Linda Tagliaferro, 2004. Simple text and photographs describe bees and the hives in which they live. (K-1) (SCLD)
  • Busy as a Bee, by Thea Feldman, 2012. From pollinating flowers and collecting nectar to bee communication, life in  the hive, making honey, and the role of the queen; this book covers every aspect of bee life. (ages 5 and up) (SCLD)
  • Busy, Buzzy Bee, by Karen Wallace, 1999. (Grades 1-3) (SCLD
  • Buzz About Bees, by Kari-Lynn Winters, 2013. An in depth look at an endangered insect including information about the social structure an science of honey bees. (Grades 4-8) (SCLD & Spl) 
  • Buzz On Bees: Why are they Disappearing? by Shelley Rotner, 2010. Learn the possible explanations for bees' disapearance, what scientists are doing to address the problem, and what you can do. (age 5 and up) (SCLD)
  • Flight of the Honey Bee, by Raymond Huber, 2013. Demonstrates how Scout the bee searches for nectar to sustain her hive and pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits. (SPL)
  • Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe, by Loree Griffin Burns, 2010. Information about colony collapse disorder of honey bees. (SPL)
  • Honey in a Hive, by Anne Rockwell, 2005. An introduction to the behavior and life cycle of honey bees. (Grades 3-6) (SPL)
  • Honeybee, by Jason Cooper, 2004. Describes the physical characteristics, habitat, behavior, life cycle, diet, and reproduction of these industrious producers of honey. (Grades 1-4) (SPL)
  • Honeybees, by Joyce Milton, 2003. Describes the anatomy, behavior and life cycle of the honeybees as well as the different kinds of honey that are produced. (SPL)


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The Honey Bee

Bees are social insects, working together as a colony, members perform different tasks.

  • Bees live in colonies and their home is called a hive which can have 60,000 to 80,000 bees
  • Langstroth Hives



  • There are 3 types of bees: queen, worker, and drone
  •  queen worker drone illustration


  • Swarming - About half of the bees in a hive will leave with the old queen to start a new colony
  • Swarm


  • Bees are NOT the same as wasps or yellow jackets.                  Wasp Illustration


  • Is the picture below a wasp or a honeybee?
  • Wasp nest



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Ways to Help

  • Most importantly provide habitat, pollinator friendly space
  • Plant bee friendly plants
  • Provide water
  • Be active,  be vocal, talk about the honey bee and the pollinators
  • Eat more honey from local beekeepers
  • Limit the use of pesticides and chemicals, escpecially when flowers are in bloom

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Selections from around the web


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