Related Reading List
A reading list for adults and children relating to honey and honey bees.
If you’d like to read more about bees and honey, look for these books at your local library, independent bookstore, or used bookseller.
(Adult books listed first, then Children's.)
Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation
By Tammy Horn
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
The Lore of the Honey Bee
By Tickner Edwardes
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
Letters from the Hive – An Intimate History of Bees, Honey and Humankind
By Stephen Buchmann with Banning Repplier
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Honey from flower to table
By Stephanie Rosenbaum
Publisher: Chronicle Books, LLC, San Francisco
Beeing. Life, Motherhood, and 180,000 Honeybees
By Rosanne Daryl Thomas
Publisher: The Globe Pequot Press
The Honey Bee
By James L. Gould and Carol Grant Gould
Publisher: The Scientific American Library
L’Esprit Des Abeilles
By Julian Francon
Translated 1939, by H. Eltringham
Publisher : Methuen & Co., London
A Book of Bees : And How to Keep Them
by Sue Hubbell
The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore
(Dover Books on Anthropology and Folklore)
by Hilda M. Ransome
Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee
by Hattie Ellis
Langstroth's Hive and the Honey-Bee: The Classicbeekeeper's Manual
by L. L. Langstroth
Honey: A Connoisseur's Guide With Recipes
by Gene Opton and Nancie Hughes
Childrens Books Related to Bees and Honey
The Bumblebee Queen
April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
Available at Sacramento Beekeeping Supplies in Sacramento, CA
Children’s Reading about Honey Bees and Honey. The following list was compiled by Little Literary Beekeepers J. Whitford (Falls Church, VA USA)and was last updated: May 22, 2006
The Life and Times of the Honeybee
by Charles Micucci
Ages 4-8. Of all the books on the honey making process, I think this one is the best.
Bea's Own Good
by Linda Talley
Ages 4-8. Set in France, a young honeybee learns what happens when she breaks the rules and leaves the hive.
by Linda Oatman High
Ages 4-8. A story of a grandfather and granddaughter tending their bees.
The Bee-Man of Orn
by Frank R. Stockton
Ages 4-8. A bee-man finds out from a junior sorcerer that he was something else before he became a beekeeper.
The Bee Tree
by Patricia Polacco
Ages 4-8. On the day that Mary Ellen announces she is tired of reading, Grampa carefully traps and then releases a series of bees so they can follow them to the bee tree.
Belinda Bee's Busy Year
by Rusty Wise
Ages 4-8. First in a series. This book allows us to follow Belinda Bee thru the seasons.
Belinda Bee Swarms Away
by Rusty Wise
Ages 4-8. Second in a series. A new Spring arrives and Belinda is shocked to discover she has to swarm away with the old Queen Bee.
The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa
by Cristina Kessler
Ages 4-8. This tale shows the resourcefulness of a young girl to create the best honey in her village.
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh/WTP
by A. A. Milne
All Ages. This is the glorious 75th anniversary edition of all things Pooh.
Honey Bea (Jump at the Sun)
by Kim L. Siegelson
Ages 9-12. Weaving strands of fairy tales, voudon, slave stories, and African myth, Siegelson crafts a mesmerizing tale heavy with the scent of honey and flowers and rooted in Louisiana soil.
The Honeybee Mystery (Boxcar Children Special)
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
$3.95 Used & New from: $0.98
Young Adult. The Boxcar children solve a mystery on a honey farm.
The Honeybee & the Robber
by Eric Carle
Pre-school. A honeybee protects her hive from a big bear.
Honey... Honey... Lion!
by Jan Brett
Ages 4-8. 32 pages. Honeyguide, an African bird, has always helped her friend Badger find honey, and in turn, the team always devours the sweet hives together.
Mystery of the Honeybees' Secret (Three Cousins Detective Club)
by Elspeth Murphy; Young Adult. The Three Cousin Detective Club discover a mystery when they learn about beekeeping from a neighbor.
Ned Kelly and the City of Bees
by Thomas Keneally
Ages 9-12. During a bout of appendicitis, ten-year-old Ned Kelly is reduced to the size of a bee and spends the summer in a beehive.
A Taste Of Honey
by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Ages 4-8. When a young bear asks her father, "Where does honey come from?" We are taken from the jar of honey back to its source.
When the Bees Fly Home
by Andrea Cheng
Ages 4-8. When hard times fall on Jonathan's family, he and his brother help out with beekeeping and candlemaking.
The Honey Makers
by Gail Gibbons
Ages 4-8. Gail Gibbons does an excellent job of explaining the honey making process.
The Magic School Bus Inside A Beehive (Magic School Bus)
by Joanna Cole
Ages 4-8. Take a ride on the Magic School Bus and go inside a beehive.