Children’s author Patricia Polocco wrote in her book “Thank You Mr. Falker”, ‘Honey is sweet, and so is knowledge, but knowledge is like the bee that made that sweet honey, you have to chase it through the pages of a book.’ These books about honey will entice readers with their sweetness.
“If You Love Honey” by Martha Sullivan, Illustrations by Cathy Morrison, 2015, Dawn Publications, ages 4-8.
When we eat honey on a warm piece of bread with melted butter, few of us consider the elements of nature that are integrally linked to create this sweet treat. “If You Love Honey” presents a vivid description, through words and illustrations, of the ways dandelions, butterflies, earthworms, blackberries and other elements of nature lead to the creation of honey. A poetic verse runs parallel to informational descriptions on each page, while beautifully detailed illustrations skillfully enhance the words. An Explore More section for kids and for parents and teachers shares additional information and nature activities. The mission of Dawn Publication is to connect children and nature, which is also a benefit for those who read with children.
“Honey” by Sarah Weeks, 2015, Scholastic Press, 151 pages, ages 9-11.
Melody’s life with her father in the small town of Royal, Indiana, has been relatively uncomplicated. Although her mother died when she was born, Melody is basically content with her life – riding bikes with her best friend, spending time with Gramp-o, and eating Wild Berry Skittles. But a complication arises when Melody overhears her father whisper the word “honey” while talking on the telephone. Come to think of it, her father seems happier than usual, signing a tune, smiling to himself, and not keeping as close of tabs on Melody. While she appreciates the extra freedom, Melody also is curious, which leads to some sticky situations until she discovers the truth about honey.
“The Honeybee Man” by Lela Nargi, Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker, 2011, Schwartz & Wade Books, ages 4-8.
Each morning Fred, the honeybee man, climbs the ladder to the roof of his Brooklyn apartment to check on his honeybees. Fred spends his time caring for and talking to his bees, while also imagining their travels through the city in search of flowers and pollen. Although the book is fiction, many facts are shared about bee keeping, bees, and honey. The illustrations, created with oil paint and collage, depict the city skyline and the details of the bees with equal beauty. End papers include sketched diagrams with labels to inform readers about types of bees and parts of a bee, flower, and beehive. This book is a wonderful combination of story and fact that will entice readers to learn more about these important buzzing creatures.
“Bee Dance” by Rick Chrustowski, 2015, Henry Holt, ages 4-8.
Why do honeybees dance? This informational book describes the fascinating process bees use to communicate the location of honey to others in the hive through a waggle dance. This figure eight motion indicates the direction and distance to the succulent nectar. The simple descriptive text flows in a poetic style, and bright cut paper collage illustrations take readers to the beautiful gardens that attract honeybees. More detailed bee dance information on the last page provides insights into swarm intelligence.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler