In the Trees, Honey Bees

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Cris Arbo

Published by Dawn Publications/Random House/Sourcebooks, Mar 2009

Here is the ideal introduction for preschoolers and early elementary children to insects that are not only amazing but also critically important to humans. Inside the hive views of a wild colony of honey bees offer close ups of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. Simple verse will engage a young child, while sidebars with fascinating information satisfy the somewhat older child. Parents, teachers, and kids will love this picture book. The detailed art shimmers with life, highlighting each hair or grain of pollen on the bees. A wild hive in a tree in her own backyard served as a model for the artist!

Backmatter includes:

  • further information about wild and domestic hives.

  • information on how to learn more about honey bees.

For educator resources, click HERE.


Awards and Honors

2012 California Readers Collection Winner

2010-2011 FL Reading Association's Children Book Awards Nominee


2010 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner


2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book K-12 Winner


2009 Silver Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Winner


2009 IWLA Book of the Year Award Recipient


2009 Disney's iParenting Media Awards for Outstanding Product


Gold Mom's Choice Award Winner



"Vibrant colors, lyrical rhyming couplets, and accurate science all make this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010 ideal to share with younger students."—NSTA Recommends


"[This book] brings us a close-up look at the lives of honey bees . . . Lori Mortensen's text dances neatly between a very simple rhyming text for younger readers ("Sisters fly through the sky") and more in-depth prose notes explaining the science involved. That back-and-forth makes [this book] an ideal book for kindergarten and early-elementary schools."—Boston Globe

​"Children may never view honey bees in the same way again."—The Children's Hour


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