Bee Week

This week is Bee Week in Exploring Nature With Children, which we are very excited about. We love bees around here because they help pollinate our large vegetable garden.

I was so excited when I saw these beautiful bee resources from Stephanie Hathaway Designs (I LOVE all her work). Big Kid has been working on teen numbers as part of distance learning, so the counting cards will be great reinforcement. We will also talk about the different kids of bees, which is great because we’ve seen a few different kinds in our yard and Big Kid has noticed a difference. The life cycle photos included in the spread are from Silvan Reverie.

These are the books we will enjoy this week:

Busy Buzzy Bee by Karen Wallace – A great beginning nonfiction book about bees: their bodies, how they pollinate flowers, their hive, life cycle, and different types of bees. The photographs in this book are amazing.

Bee: A Peek Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup – This fun rhyming die-cut picture book beautifully illustrates the story of a bee’s travels pollinating various flowers and what happens when she comes across a field of flowers she can’t wait for her hive to visit.

The Beeman by Laurie Krebs & Valeria Cis – A young boy teaches us about bees as he explains how his grandfather, The Beeman, takes care of his hives throughout the year. A healthy dose of facts are sprinkled through this rhyming story.

Beehive by Jorey Hurley – Even though there is only one word on each 2-page spread of this book, the word chosen, and accompanying illustration, pack a real punch if you go through this one slowly. We had a lot of great discussion while reading Beehive.

Little Honey Bee by Jane Ormes – A rhyming lift-the-flap book (always a hit around here) and counting book all rolled into one about a bee who spends early spring through late fall visiting various flowers with his pals. It has beautiful illustrations.

What’s your favorite book about bees?

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