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Praising Pollinators | Books, Recipes and Activities Celebrating Bees

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We’ve had “bee on the brain” lately here at Jump Into a Book! Maybe it’s the summer blooms, maybe it the honey I put on my cereal today…either way, my family loves and supports all things bees.

And we know we are not alone! Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. But our cherished bees are facing peril in the form of the disruption of natural habitats. This disruption is in the form of lack of “bee flowers” due to the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous bee diseases and parasites have pushed bees to the tipping point. The best way we know how to raise awareness on the plight of our beautiful bees is via books, recipes, and activities.

Books, Recipes, and Activities Celebrating Bees!

Picture Books that help us Be Kind to Bees

books about bees

I just pulled together this delightful booklist not long ago! A few are books you will recognize from past JIAB book reviews, but a few are brand new as well. Enjoy!

Edventures With Kids also has a great booklist celebrating bees, honey, and kids. Kids will enjoy learning about honeybees with these fun facts, great books, and hands-on activities!

Great books & fun facts about honeybees for kids

Conservation Activities

Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every 1-in-3 bites of food you eat.

My hometown of Maryville TN is home to a bee expert that we all know as The Honey Man and even “The Bee Whisperer!” Howard has been raising bees for over 51 years and is a wealth of education and wisdom.

Food giant General Mills’ Cascadian Farm division also launched Bee Friendlier in 2014, a program to increase awareness of the decline of bees and what the company can do to help them thrive.

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Make a Honey Bee Combs From Toilet Paper Rolls

Bees live in colonies with only one queen per colony. To populate the hive, the queen lays 2000 eggs a day. Aside from the queen, there are two other types of bees:

Worker bees take care of the queen, nurture the young, guard the colony, and supply food.

Drone bees grow up and take a new queen to create a new hive.

Bees create the inside of their home by using wax from their glands and creating hexagonal shaped cells. To create a honeycomb of your very own. Have a look at

Relentlessly Fun’s creative look at bees, Hexagons, and Honeycombs…all out of toilet paper rolls. I just love her.

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(Photo by Relentlessy Fun, Deceptively Educational)

Free Printable Math Worksheets for Kids- Counting Bees

JDaniels4Mom has a great (and free) printable math and game sheet with the topic of Bees.

Recipes Let’s Get Cooking With Honey

Honey Cinnamon Rolls

Honey Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup HONEY
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 pint milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon mixed

Dissolve yeast with warm water in a small bowl. Set aside. In a large pan, melt shortening and add HONEY, salt, and milk, and allow it to cool. Beat eggs and add to yeast mixture. Then, beat in flour. Turn out dough on floured surface and knead until smooth. Place dough in a bowl and let it rise until it’s double in bulk.

Prepare two 9 X 12 pans with 1/4 cup margarine each and sprinkle with brown sugar. Add nuts and dab teaspoons of ice cream over the entire pan. When the dough has risen, punch down and place half on a floured surface and roll out to 9×12 size with a floured rolling pin. Spread with butter or margarine, then brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll then cut off about 1 1/2” slices and place on prepared 9 X 13 pan. You should get about 16 cinnamon rolls per pan. Let these rise until double in bulk. Bake in 350°oven for about 30 minutes. When brown on top turn upside down on waxed paper to cool.

Spiced Honey Butter

Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup HONEY
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve on toast, biscuits, and muffins. YUM!

Be sure and check out the National Honey Board’s website for even more honey-inspired recipes!

A Year in the Secret Garden

As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

A Year in the Secret Garden

Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!
A Year in the Secret Garden

Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!

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