If Bees Disappeared

What would happen if bees disappeared? Find out in this fourth book from Lily Williams in the award-winning If Animals Disappeared Series that imagines the consequences of a world without bees.

The rolling hills and lush climate of Kent, England are home to many creatures.

These creatures are fluffy, sneaky, spikey, and ... small, like the bee.

Though bees are small, their importance is BIG. Today there are over 250,000 species of bees but all of them are in danger. Because of disease, pesticide exposure, lack of foraging habitats, and poor nutrition, entire honey bee hives are dying.

What would happen if bees disappeared completely?

Artist Lily Williams explores how such a loss would effect not just bees' environment, but the world as a whole in this poignant, beautiful book about the importance of our most important bees.

Praise for the If Bees Disappeared:

*"A rich, well-designed offering with multiple uses for teachers and students. A standout among the many books about honeybees."—School Library Journal, starred review"

"Sweet as honey."—Kirkus Reviews

"Bee books abound, but...collections should consider adding this one, too."—Booklist

"Friendly illustrations help to deliver Williams's urgent message effectively...[as she] envisions the devastating impact of a mass bee extinction."—Horn Book

Praise for the If Animals Disappeared series:

*"A successful balancing act between heralding disaster and promoting change—an informative debut."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"While the future is impossible to predict, Williams presents a scientifically grounded view of a world without sharks that should spark discussion and inspire action in budding ecologists. A terrific addition to any school or public library."—School Library Journal, starred review

"A well-executed environmental primer that will leave readers considering the interconnectivity of the planet and its inhabitants."—Publishers Weekly

"A solid addition to the climate-change canon for those interested in saving a fragile world."—Kirkus

“Bright, appealing illustrations and an ultimately empowering message provide a much-needed hopeful side to a complex topic.” —School Library Journal

A rich, well-designed offering with multiple uses for teachers and students. A standout among the many books about honeybees.–Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York