Jun 19th, 2019

What’s the Buzz? Pollinators in the Library

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators—like bees, birds, butterflies, beetles, and bats—and learn about ways that we can protect them. After you’ve flitted through M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, reveled in the sweet success at the Bob Stapleton and Keith Tignor Apiary, and taken in the sights, sounds, and smells of the pollinator-friendly plants along our Main Garden Walk, you’re sure to have some questions.

To learn more about our power pollinators, walk, crawl, fly, or bumble your way into the Lora Robins Library and check out these books for adults and young readers. Members have borrowing privileges and can check out up to ten items for four weeks at a time!

For Adults

Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them by Paige Embry (2018)

Honeybees get all the buzz. This book tells the story of North America’s endangered native bees and their crucial role in our ecosystems and food supply.

Pollination Power by Heather Angel (2016)

How do flowering plants attract pollinators at precisely the right time? The extraordinary photographs in this book capture the colorful, fragrant, and intimate “conversations” between plant and pollinator.

Pollinator Friendly Gardening: Gardening for Bees, Butterflies, and Other Pollinators by Rhonda Fleming Hayes (2016)

Are you looking for ways to grow a healthy garden that helps bees, butterflies, birds, and other pollinators thrive? This book offers plant lists, growing practices, and more helpful information for the pollinator-friendly home gardener.

Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide by Jane Hurwitz (2018)

This user-friendly guide explains how to choose and cultivate plants that will attract a range of butterflies while sustaining them through their life cycles.

Pollinator Books For Kids

Multi-colored cover of Butterfly Colors and Counting for pollinator week.

Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta (2013)

This vibrant board book helps young readers learn to count to ten while also learning the colors of the rainbow, using ten illustrations of real butterfly species found around the world. (Ages: newborn to 3 years)

Flowers are Calling by Rita Gray (2015)

The delightful rhyming text shows the beneficial relationships between flowers and their pollinators. They all play their parts in a gorgeously rendered forest ecosystem. (Ages: 4-7 years)

Cover of Bees: A Honeyed History.A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (2011)

This book offers an introduction to the world of butterflies with beautiful illustrations and accessible yet informative language. (Ages: 5-8 years)

Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha (2017)

Part science, part cultural history, this fascinating book celebrates the vital role that bees have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. Gorgeous illustrations detail everything from bee anatomy to the basics of honey making. (Ages: 6-9 years)

About Dory Klein

Dory Klein is the librarian at the Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. When not answering botanical reference questions, leading storytime, creating research guides, managing library programs and outreach, cataloging, and overhauling the library’s systems, she is probably biking, reading, hiking, or picking cherry tomatoes in her garden. She hopes that all of you will turn to the Robins Library as a place of discovery and inspiration.

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