Cover of the Travelling Beehive

The Travelling Beehive is a stunningly beautiful book about beekeeping that I had the pleasure of reading last week. The book was originally written in Spanish by Elena Garcia and Manuel Ángel Rosado and is illustrated by Juan Hernaz. At this time, there is no English print version available, however, the electronic version is available for free!

The Travelling Beehive is geared towards school-aged children but would be great for anyone (child or not) curious about bees. It explains beekeeping in a very accurate and entertaining way. It also does an excellent job of describing pollination and some of the problems that are affecting honeybees and other pollinators in the world today. There’s even a free Teacher’s Guide available which will help to introduce this book to classrooms around the world. I have included a gallery below of some of the illustrations which are truly the bee’s knees. (Yes, I went there.)

I must admit, I did find a few spelling mistakes in the current edition of this book, but overall it is very well translated from Spanish. The Spanish print version will be distributed to schools and libraries in Spain this fall. Hopefully one day the English print version will also make its way to North America. In the meantime, here are links to the ways you can read the electronic version of the book.

Note: It’s a bit tricky to read the full-width online version as the pages are very wide and the text very small. I found it easiest to download the PDF version and read on my iPad.

Read electronic versions for free

For teachers interested in the Teacher’s Guide