Books By Megan

The Beehive

The Beehive

Prepare to embark on a unique journey into the world of native stingless bees, the unsung heroes of pollination, in the company of award-winning teacher librarian and author Megan Daley and Max Hamilton, a CBCA Awards shortlisted illustrator.

Hive day is finally here! Willow’s been counting down the days until groundskeeper Tom divides the school’s native stingless beehive into two, allowing her to take home her very own hive. Every detail must be perfect to ensure the bees flourish in their new home. The story unfolds beautifully alongside a treasure trove of captivating facts about Australia’s native bees, making ‘The Beehive’ a delightful and informative read.

Author-p

Dimity Powell | Kids Book Review

“Fun, informative and factful, The Beehive is a true deep dive into the world of the Native Stingless Bee… And evokes fascination and wonder and a desire for children to perhaps acquire a hive of their own.”

Melissa Elk | Author

The Beehive is what every narrative non-fiction should aspire to be. Both my young boys have enjoyed it (repeatedly) and are excited about getting some native bee-friendly plants into the garden…

Telarah Public School Library | Review

 I have been keenly anticipating this glorious new book. The Beehive is every I had hoped it would be. This is another fantastic read in the Nature Storybook collection that has a wonderful fusion of fiction and nonfiction.

ReadPlus | Review

The Beehive offers young readers (and adults) a valuable opportunity to learn some fascinating and important facts about bees. This delightful book will have a place in all home, school and public libraries.”

Nat Amore | Author

“A beautiful new addition to the Nature Storybooks collection, this stunning narrative non-fiction is full of more bee-facts than you can throw a honeycomb at. Willow’s love for bees is palpable and the information and narrative is woven together seamlessly in a way that only books stemming from the heart of the creator can do. Daley’s passion for bees and her connection to them, shines through, making this delight of a book a perfect addition to every home and school library.”

Aleesah Darlison | Little Darlings Australian Picture Books

The Beehive is a standout production in the world of picture books. The Beehive is a book that nurtures the mind of nature lovers, it’s perfect for use as a classroom resource, and to educate readers young and old about Australia’s own unique, stingless bees.”

Danielle Binks | Author and Literary Agent

“This is such an important and engaging picture book…This is a GREAT book to begin those very big conversations – informative and engaging with practical advice and good project ideas alongside gorgeously intricate illustrations. This is one of those books that I think will become increasingly crucial in climate-disaster discussions with kids: what can they do, how can they help, and let them contribute. Informative, important and fun, I loved this!”

The Book Muse | Review

“Everything in this story is beautiful, with a unique voice that shines on the page, dancing its way around each word and image as the story and facts come together to create a book that readers of all ages will enjoy and find engaging.”

Get on the list!

Get on the list for reviews, tips and bookish news!

Activities and Teachers Notes

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Build A Beehive
(native hive)

Enlarge the native beehive template to A3 as your display hive. Add ‘Bees and flowers template’ to complete a group collage.

Illustrations copyright Max Hamilton.

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Build A Beehive
(Bees & flowers)

Bees and flowers template to be printed and copied at A4 size, coloured, cut out and added to create a whole group collage of native beehive. 

Illustrations copyright Max Hamilton.

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Plant These For Bees!
(Colour)

This information sheet contains plants our Native Bee’s love. Flower colours that particularly attract bees include blue, purple, white and yellow. Aim to have a diversity of plants and enough varieties to have flowering in all seasons.

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Plant These For Bees!
(black and white)

This template contains plants our Native Stingless Bee’s love. Colour them in and add some bees buzzing around the flowers and plants!

Illustrations copyright Max Hamilton.

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Mini Bees For Craft

Copy, cut and paste these mini native stingless bees to your nature collages, Magiclay flower or other native bee art pieces!

Illustrations copyright Max Hamilton.

black and white drawing of a native bee hive A3

Teacher Notes

19 pages of Australian Curriculum linked teachers’ notes suitable for use in F – 6 classroom environments. 

Pin It on Pinterest