BEE BOOK LISTS

A Working List of Great Books

Below is a listing of all kinds of books for all ages and levels of readers. Everything from gardening to native bee publications, to fictional tales of wonder and adventure. Have a look around and click on what draws you in. The links will take to you a website where you can purchase the book or find it online.

This list is always a work in progress. If you can think of a book that was especially impactful to you, drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list!

ADULT NOVELS/FICTION

The History of Bees: A Novel

Maja Lunde

Lunde, M. (2015). The history of bees. New York, NY: Touchstone.

The Bees

Laline Paull

Paull, L. (2014). The bees. Toronto, ON: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

FILMS

QUEEN OF THE SUN

Betz, J. (Producer), Siegel, T (Director and Producer). (2011). Queen of the sun: What are the bees telling us `{`Motion Picture`}`. United States: Collective Eye.

MORE THAN HONEY

Imhoof, M. (Director and Screenplay). (2012). More than honey. New York, NY: Kino Lorber, Inc.

HONEYLAND

The last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.

ADULT NON-FICTION
(suitable for children as well, either to read aloud if they need help, or to look at the pictures)

A World Without Bees

Alison Benjamin

Benjamin, A. & McCallum, B. (2009). A world without bees. London, UK: Guardian Books.

Plan/Bee

Susan Brackney

Brackney, S. (2009). Plan/bee. New York, NY: Perigee/Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

BEE

Rose Lyn Fisher

Fisher, R-L. (2010). Bee. New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press.

A STING OF A TALE: BUMBLE BEES

Dave Goulson

Goulson, D. (2014). A sting in the tale: My adventures with bumblebees. New York, NY: Picador.

A BUZZ IN THE MEADOW

Dave Goulson

Goulson, D. (2014). A buzz in the meadow. London, UK: Jonathan Cape.

The Incomperable honey bee and the economics of pollination

Reese Halter

Halter, R. (2011). The incomparable honeybee. Victoria, BC. Rocky Mountain Books.

A BOOK OF BEES

Sue Hubbell

Hubbell, S. (1988). A book of bees. Boston, MA: Houghten Mifflin.

MORE THAN HONEY

Marku Imhoof

Imhoof, M. & Lieckfeld, C-P. (2014). More than honey: The survival of bees and the future of our world. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books.

Fruitless Fall

Rowen Jacobsen

Jacobsen, R. (2008). Fruitless fall: The collapse of the honey bee and the coming agricultural crisis. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

TEARS OF RE

Gene Kritsky

Kritsky, G. (2015). The tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

BEES

Candace Savage

Savage, C. (2008). Bees. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books.

a spring without bees

Michael Schacker

Schacker, (2008). A spring without bees: How colony collapse disorder has endangered our food supply. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press.

the honey trail

Grace Pundyk

Pundyk, G. (2008). The honey trail: In pursuit of liquid gold and vanishing bees. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

bumble bees of north america

Paul H. Williams et. al.

Williams, P., Thorp, R., Richardson, L. & Colla, S. (2014). Bumble bees of North America: An identification guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore

Hilda Ransome

Ransome, H. M. (2004). The sacred bee in ancient times and folklore. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.

QUEST FOR THE PERFECT HIVE

Gene Kritsky

Kritsky, G. (2010). The quest for the perfect hive: A history of innovation in bee culture. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

BEES: A NATURAL HISTORY

Christopher O'Toole

O’Toole, C. (2013). Bees: A natural history. Richmond Hill, ON. Firefly Books.

keeping the bees: why all bees are at risk

Laurence Packer

Packer, L. (2010). Keeping the bees: Why all bees are at risk and what we can do to save them. Toronto, ON: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

the honey trail

Grace Pundyk

Pundyk, G. (2008). The honey trail: In pursuit of liquid gold and vanishing bees. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Victory Gardens for Bees

Lori Weidenhammer

Weidenhammer, L. (2016). Victory gardens for bees. Madeira Park, BC: Douglas & McIntyre.

HONEY BEE MANAGEMENT

Technical books that will help you on your way

BEES

Candace Savage

Savage, C. (2008). Bees. Vancouver, BC: Greystone Books.

a spring without bees

Michael Schacker

Schacker, (2008). A spring without bees: How colony collapse disorder has endangered our food supply. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press.

the honey trail

Grace Pundyk

Pundyk, G. (2008). The honey trail: In pursuit of liquid gold and vanishing bees. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

bumble bees of north america

Paul H. Williams et. al.

Williams, P., Thorp, R., Richardson, L. & Colla, S. (2014). Bumble bees of North America: An identification guide. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore

Hilda Ransome

Ransome, H. M. (2004). The sacred bee in ancient times and folklore. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.

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