Bee Friendly Reading List for Educators + Advocates

The Bee Friendly Reading List compiles classroom favorites, personal book shelve must-haves, and beekeeper recommendations. This Reading List is updated often, and every entry will include the suggested grade level, Lexile Level, guided reading level, genre, and Read Aloud Link if available.

This Reading List is Organized from Pre-K to 9-12 And Beyond. 

Please Please the Bees, by Gerald Kelley

Grade Level: Pre K-1 | Lexile Level: 510L | Guided Reading Level: L | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

National Geographic Readers: Buzz, Bee! by Jennifer Szymanski

Grade Level: Pre K-1 | Lexile Level: 330L | Guided Reading Level: F | Genre: Non-Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter, by Shabazz Larkin

Grade Level: Pre K-1 | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

Kaia and the Bees, by Maribeth Boelts

Grade Level: Pre K-1 | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

 

Bea’s Bees, by Katherine Pryor

Grade Level: K-1 | Lexile Level: 550L | Guided Reading Level: N | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

Try’umsee’s Wings (Gullah Folktale), by Patricia Bee and Vernell Dummeyer

Grade Level: Pre K-3 | Genre: Fiction

The King of Bees, by Lester Laminack

Grade Level: K-2 | Lexile Level: AD600L | Guided Reading Level: O | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

The Flight of the Honeybee, by Raymond Huber

Grade Level: K-2 | Lexile Level: AD840L | Guided Reading Level: O | Genre: Non-Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

The Bee Tree, by Patricia Polacco

Grade Level: K-5 | Lexile Level: AD680L | Guided Reading Level: M | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

 

Magic School Bus: Inside a Bee Hive, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan

Grade Level: 1-5 | Lexile Level: AD610L | Guided Reading Level: P | Genre: Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

Give Bees a Chance, by Bethany Barton

Grade Level: 1-5 | Lexile Level: AD590L | Guided Reading Level: M | Genre: Non-Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

Honey in a Hive, by Anne Rockwell

Grade Level: 1-5 | Lexile Level: AD880L | Guided Reading Level: Q | Genre: Non-Fiction

Sting, by Raymond Huber

Grade Level: 1-5 | Genre: Science Fiction

The World of Bees, by Cristina Banfi

Grade Level: 2-3 | Genre: Non-Fiction

Bees in the City, by Andrea Cheng

Grade Level: 2-3 | Lexile Level: 600L | Guided Reading Level: P | Genre: Fiction

Life and Times of the Honeybee, by Charles Micucci

Grade Level: 3-5 | Lexile Level: IG910L | Guided Reading Level: N | Genre: Non-Fiction

Flower Talk, by Sara C. Levine

Grade Level: 2-5 | Lexile Level: AD570L | Guided Reading Level: Q | Genre: Non-Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

 

Bees Matter, by Erika Wassel

Grade Level: 3-6 | Lexile Level: 860L | Guided Reading Level: S | Genre: Non-Fiction

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees, by Sandra Markle

Grade Level: 3-6 | Lexile Level: 980L | Guided Reading Level: W | Genre: Non-Fiction

 

What If There Were No Bees?: A Book About the Grassland Ecosystem, by Suzanne Buckingham Slade

Grade Level: 4-5 | Lexile Level: 890L | Guided Reading Level: N | Genre: Non-Fiction

Zinnia and the Bees, by Danielle Davis

Grade Level: 4-5 | Lexile Level: 710L | Guided Reading Level: Q | Genre: YA Fiction

Bees: A Honeyed History, by Piotr Socha

Grade Level: 4-5 | Genre: Non-Fiction | Read Aloud Link: Here

 

The Bee Maker, by Mobi Warren

Grade Level: 6-8 | Genre: YA Science Fiction

Beekeeper’s Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive, by Kim Lehman

Grade Level: 6-8 | Genre: Instructional

The Beginners Guide to Beekeeping, by Samantha Johnson and Daniel Johnson

Grade Level: 6-8 | Genre: Instructional

 

Natural History: A Selection, by Pliny the Elder

Grade Level: 9-12 and Beyond | Genre: Popular Science

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

Grade Level: 9-12 and Beyond | Genre: Fiction

The Murmur of the Bees, by Sofia Segovia

Grade Level: 9-12 and Beyond | Genre: Fiction

The Lives of Bees: The Untold Story of the Honey Bee in the Wild, by Thomas Seeley

Grade Level: 9-12 and Beyond | Genre: Non-Fiction

100 Plants to Feed the Bees, by The Xerces Society

Grade Level: 9-12 and Beyond | Genre: Guidebook

 

Looking to expand your classroom’s reading activities? Check out the Bee Cause Literature Circle Teacher’s Guide. This activity is currently mapped to standards for Grades 3-5, and is easily adapted to other levels.

Download the Literature Circle Teacher’s Guide

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