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Sleepy Bee

The sun is up. The day is new. Hello, Sleepy Bee! Good morning to you.

Sleepy Bee greets her day with a yawn—so much to do! From sunrise to sunset, she visits fields of strawberries, broccoli, apples, and more, gathering nectar and pollen for her brood. A gentle, rhyming read-aloud with beautiful, full-color, cut paper illustrations connecting flower to food, showing how so much of what we eat is made possible by these amazing, hard-working (sometimes sleepy) friends.



“Many young children are taught to be afraid of bees. This fear is carried into adulthood when you hear an adult screaming when a bee is nearby. Sleepy Bee is a gentle introduction to the importance of bees in our world. This book is a beginning of a journey for young children to know and respect the insects we depend on for a healthy environment. The beautiful illustrations are clear and introduce the child to the names of fruit. This is a book to read to your infants and place on your bookshelf for the three-year-old child to read to you!” - by Beth Bronsil, retired Director, Xavier University Montessori Education Program; former Chairperson, American Montessori Society Teacher Education Committee


2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Bronze Medal

2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Bronze Medal


Publication Information

List Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-936669-27-1
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Board book
Dimensions: 5.5" x 5.5"
Page Count: 14
Ages: 0-3


About the Author: 

Dr. John S. Hutton is a pediatrician, clinical research fellow, and owner of the award-winning blue manatee children’s bookstore. His research foci are the effect of shared reading on brain development, general early and pediatric health literacy, and the health effects of electronic media on young children, as well as the importance of a solid foundation in words and play. 

About the Illustrator: 

Sandra Gross has an MFA in fine art from Miami University as well as an M.Ed. in early childhood education from Xavier University. Learn more at  www.SandraGross.net

Sleepy Bee Café

Together, John and Sandra “pollinated” Sleepy Bee Café, which features and celebrates locally-sourced, bee-dependent foods. They live in the woods with their 3 children, 2 dogs, 3 beehives, and many other fantastic creatures.