Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem, helping to pollinate plants and crops that we rely on for food. Teaching children about the importance of these small but mighty creatures is crucial for their understanding of the environment and the role they can play in protecting it. One way we can do that? Through books about pollinators!
These 10 Books About Pollinators for Kids are actually the suggested books for the Pollinators theme in my nature program, Summer Camp at Home: Big Kid Edition.
Summer Camp at Home is a 6-week nature program with just the right amount of structure and whimsy. It gives you and your children an easy summer filled with nature and beautiful memories.
There are two versions of Summer Camp at Home: the Little Kid Edition, perfect for children 2-6 years old, and the Big Kid Edition, aimed toward 6-12 year olds. Both are filled with beautiful nature play and learning, and both cover the importance of pollinators.
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Today, I thought I would share the 10 topics we cover in the Pollinators portion of Summer Camp at Home Big Kid Edition and the 10 books about pollinators that beautifully fit each topic.
I strongly suggest you get these books from the library if you are able to. I have also included my Amazon affiliate links below, in case you would like to add them to your personal library.
Are you ready to see the 10 children’s books about pollinators?! Here we go!
10 Children’s Books About Pollinators
Topic One: What are Pollinators?
Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from one flower to another. It is an essential process that enables flowers to become fertilized and reproduce by creating seeds. Pollinators are animals that transport pollen from flower to flower and aid in the pollination process. Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: Know Your Pollinators by Tim Harris
From the most unusual to the most beautiful, inside Know Your Pollinators is everything you need to know to identify the helpful insects you might find in your garden.
Topic Two: Importance of Pollination
Plants and pollinators are dependent upon each other for survival. Up to 90% of flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Without pollinators, we would quickly see a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables, causing our food choices to be limited. Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: What If There Were No Bees? by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
Grassland ecosystems can be found on nearly every continent. Countless animals and plants live in them. So what difference could the loss of one animal species make? Follow the chain reaction, and discover how important honey bees are.
Topic Three: Flower Anatomy
Flowers have both male and female parts. When fertilized through the process of pollination, they produce seeds. While known primarily for their beautifully colored blossoms, the function of flowers is actually to facilitate reproduction. What are all the different parts of a flower? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: What’s Inside A Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky
Budding backyard scientists can start exploring their world with this stunning introduction to these flowery showstoppers– from seeds to roots to blooms. Learning how flowers grow gives kids beautiful building blocks of science and inquiry.
Topic Four: Honey Bees
Honey bees are social bees that live in a hive with one queen. They are good pollinators of crops such as apples, melons, pumpkins, squash, and broccoli. As a by-product of pollination, honey bees are famous for the honey they make. Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole
When the Magic School Bus turns into a beehive, Ms. Frizzle’s class learns firsthand about how workers, drones, and the queen bees live together.
Topic Five: Solitary Bees
Not all bees make honey and live in a hive with a queen. Solitary bees are efficient pollinators and include leafcutter bees, digger bees, carpenter bees, miner bees, and mason bees. How are honey bees and solitary bees similar and different? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: Turn This Book Into a Beehive! by Lynn Brunelle
Turn This Book Into a Beehive! introduces kids to the amazing mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging superpollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees.
Topic Six: Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are tiny birds with long, slender beaks. They fly from flower to flower and use their long, needle-like beaks to drink nectar from deep within the flower. How do hummingbirds aid in pollination? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: Amazing Animals: Hummingbirds by Kate Riggs
A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of hummingbirds, Earth’s smallest birds. Also included is a story from folklore explaining why hummingbirds have beautiful feathers.
Topic Seven: Butterflies
Butterflies are an insect known for their beautifully colored wings. They feed on the nectar in flowers using a long, tube-like tongue called a proboscis. How do butterflies help pollinate? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Aston
An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing.
Topic Eight: Black & White Ruffed Lemur
The black and white ruffed lemur is not your typical flying pollinator. This mammal lives only in Madagascar, a country in Southern Africa. The black and white ruffed lemur is the world’s largest pollinator and main pollinator of the travelers palm tree. How does a large mammal support pollination? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: The Ultimate Lemur Book by Jenny Kellett
With over 100 incredible facts, gorgeous hi-res photos, and a fun BONUS word search available in the print version, children will be completely immersed and fascinated by the exciting world of everyone’s favorite primate in this interactive lemur book for kids.
Topic Nine: Fruit Bats
Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. How exactly do these nocturnal mammals assist in the pollination of crops such as bananas, pineapple, cashews, and mangoes? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: Bats: Native Pollinators by Roberta Baxter
What comes to mind when you think about bats? Creepy? Spooky? Vampires? Bats get a bad rap. They do not harm people. Many are hardworking pollinators. America is home to 45 species of bat.
Topic Ten: Planting for Pollinators
Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem and food supply. By planting a pollinator garden you can support local pollinators by providing them with plants for them to use as both a food source and habitat. What kinds of flowers are best for pollinators? Let’s explore…
Book Suggestion: Summer’s Flight, Pollen’s Delight by Flora C Caputo
Jump into the vibrant world of pollinators with your family, with clever rhyme, pollinator facts, pollinator-helper tips, and lush watercolor illustrations.
There you have it, my friend, 10 Children’s Books About Pollinators!
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