This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is all about making a difference to the environment with the help of the Wild World Heroes. But did you know that our wildlife pollinators are under threat? These important creatures such as bees and butterflies carry pollen from flower to flower, allowing them to grow sees and berries.
If you’d like to help our pollinators thrive, download our pollinator information and activity sheet which has been put together with the help of wildlife experts at Hampshire Countryside. Find out about these amazing creatures and what you can do to help. You’ll find puzzles and challenges as well as some great book recommendations.
And if you’d like to find out more about bees, we’ve got lots of buzzy books at the library including:
Being a Bee by Jinny Johnson
Learn about life in the hive, bee families and how older bees work together to look after and raise their offspring. Find out about beekeeping, how and why bees make honey and how they dance to communicate with other bees. It also tells you about conservation - explaining why bees are in danger, the need to protect them and all the ways we can help.
The Book of Bees by Piotr Socha
How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.
Insect by L A Mound
Discover the different varieties, body-structure, life cycles, and behaviour - from why bees make honey to which insects have ears on their knees. Find out what the earliest insects looked like, how insects fly, and what a wasp's-eye-view looks like. Learn how insects, often seen as pests by humans, perform a vital role as pollinators of food crops.
From Egg to Bee by Camilla De la Bédoyère
Discover the amazing stages of different life cycles and learn how different species are born, grow up and reproduce. Packed with amazing photographs of every stage, labelled diagrams to explain growth and development, and fascinating facts: what are baby bees called? What is a worker bee? How do they collect pollen?
Buzzing Bees by Melissa Higgins
What makes a bee a bee? What are some the most common and interesting bees from around the world? This book teaches readers all about bees, while highlighting some specific bee families and groups. In this book, you can also learn about key scientific themes such as classification, animal behaviour and life cycles.
Honeybee’s Hive by Clint Twist
Aimed at children aged 5-8 years, this is a fun, fascinating, extreme close-up look at the insect kingdom: their habitats, life cycles, eco-systems and antics.