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Gardening for Bees

Gardening for Bees by MaiyaLetourneau

Listed below are selected teacher resources, picture books, and non-fiction related bees and gardening.

Teacher Resources

Big Ideas in Outdoor Primary Science: Understanding and Enjoying the Natural World

by Peter Loxely

Grades: K-5

This book provides strategies for elementary school teachers, emphasising how to teach children how to look after the planet, and learn from what scientists have to say about contemporary issues.

Hollyhocks and Honeybees: garden projects for young children

by Kara Midden, Marla Olthof, and Sara Starbuck

Grades: K-5

This guide details the inclusion of gardening in the preschool curriculum at a university child development program in Illinois. The guide also includes lists of children’s books and reference books about gardens and garden creatures, and lists of sources for garden and environmental education supplies.

The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide for Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole Systems Thinking

by Kaci Rae Christopher

Grades: K-3

The School Garden Curriculum offers a comprehensive framework for outdoor learning. From seasonal garden activities to inquiry projects and science-skill building, children will develop organic gardening solutions, a positive land ethic, systems thinking, and instincts for ecological stewardship.

Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

by Lori Weidenhammer

Grades: K-12

This book examines the growing problem of the decline of bees and offers suggestions for ways we can help to protect bees.


What’s the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight

by Marie-Ellen Wilcox

Grades: 5-7

What’s the Buzz? Celebrates bees and encourages readers to do their part to keep the hives alive. This book belongs to the Orca Footprints series for middle readers, which answers children’s questions about the state of the natural world, resource sustainability, and how to be global citizens. See also the Orca Footprints Guide, which includes ideas on how to present and use these books.

Experiment with Pollination

by Nadia Higgins

Grades: 1-3

This book explores the process of pollination and teaches readers to explore science concepts through step-by-step instructions. Audisee(R) eBooks with Audio combines professional narration and text highlighting to engage readers.

The Lifecycle of a Honeybee

by Bobbie Kalman

Grades: 3-5

This book describes each stage of a honeybee’s life cycle through the use of full-colour photographs and vivid illustrations

Welcome to the Backyard

by Owen Ruth

Grades: K-3

Readers explore a backyard habitat and discover how all living things form an ecosystem and rely on each other for survival.

Take a Closer Look at Bees, (E-book)

by Joanne Early Macken

Grades: 5-6

This book investigates why bees are at risk, why we should care, and what we can do to help protect them.

Picture Books

The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive

By Joana Cole

Grades: K-3

When Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip to visit a beekeeper and his hive, the magic school bus shrinks and takes the kids on a journey inside the hive.

These Bees Count!

by Alison Formento and Sarah Snow

Grades: K-3

Mr. Tate’s class visits a bee and honey farm, where Farmer Ellen teaches the children how to listen to the bees talk.

Bee & Me

by Alison Jay

Grades: K+

In this wordless picture book, a young girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery.

Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive

by Stephen Buchmann

Grades: 4-6

This book offers an immersive exploration of beehives, gardens, and wildflowers.

Big City Bees

by Maggie de Vries, Renne Benoit

Grades: 2-4

City kids Sophie and Matthew are growing pumpkins, but they’re worried that the bees won’t be able to find their garden to pollinate their plants. Will the bees be able to find their garden in the big city?

Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms to narrow your results, such as “bees–juvenile literature”, “gardening–juvenile literature”, “weather”, or “science–study and teaching”.
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

For more help with searching, please visit the Library Service Desk or e-mail

Story written by MaiyaLetourneau


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