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Honey bees, beekeeping and children


This website will direct you to useful information on honey bees and beekeeping, for adults and children, although it has some dead links.

 Canadian Honey Council's School Kits Project. This is an on-line learning/teaching resource for elementary, middle and high school teachers across Canada the goal of which is to enhance curricula with accurate, appealing, and learner-focused information about honey bees.


Many beekeepers got started as children, exploring the wonders of honey bee biology and the hive with parents, grandparents, friends or neighbours.  And, if you're getting on in your years, there's great pleasure to be had by sharing such wonders with the youngest generations.  Youthful curiosity is sometimes like a black hole - an insatiable thirst for knowledge, information and explanation.

If you want to involve your young people in beekeeping and let them explore honey bee biology and ecology, you can start with children's literature. Here's some English-language options (check out the British Beekeepers Association store or for purchases):

  • Blossom's Big Job. NL Federation of Agriculture. Agriculture in the Classroom.  Contact Chelsea Foley to obtain a copy.
  • Grajkowski, Wojciech.  2017. Bees: A Honeyed History. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.
  • Burchell, Debbie and Emma Haines. 2013. Phoebe Bee in Ambrosia. Fitzalan Publishers. 
  • Dempster, S. T. 2014. Melinda's Bee-Hive. Volumes 1 & 2. Northern Bee Books. 
  • Krebs, Laurie and Valeria Cis. 2008. The Beeman. Cambridge, Mass.: Barefoot Books. 
  • McGuiness, Elle J. and Heather Brown. 2008. Bee Me. Denver, Colorado: According Publishing.
  • Owen, Emma. 2015. Bee Green and the Bee Queen. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

If your young ones are francophone or taking French immersion, there's,

 If you know of other literature or multi-media products that are geared to youth, please let us know.

Of course, "hands-on," "nose-in" to the hive is great but suit 'em up before going in.  Many vendors sell bee suits sized for children.  A bee sting at an early age could permanently alienate a child from honey bees and beekeeping so caution around and in hives should always be a priority!

If you have suggestions for how we can develop the children's section of our website please let us know!