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An illustrated children's book about bees and acceptance.
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Did you know that there are over 4000 different kinds of bees living in the US?  

If this number surprises you, you’re not alone.  Our story, "Bees are the best!" takes us through a day in a bee’s life, as she experiences some of this diversity.

Honey is a honey bee that lives a busy life with her sisters.   She thinks she knows all there is to know about being a bee… and loves it!  Bees are the Best!

But as she leaves the hive for the first time, Honey soon finds out that the world is much bigger and more diverse than she ever imagined.


She meets bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, fairy bees and more. Their differences force her to question what it even means to be a bee.



After an eye-opening day, Honey comes to realize that bees aren’t the best because they are all just like her. Bees are the best because each one is unique. And so is she!


There are thousands of different kinds of bees in the world, all playing important roles in the ecosystem. 

Our hope is that our book will help young people come to recognize and value diversity in bees as well as in their own lives.

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Backyard Bees of North America Poster

24x36 inches
24x36 inches

Risks and challenges

All projects have some risk, but Bees are the best! is a straightforward project, and we are professionals. We have prior publishing experience in both the art world and in the print world.

The book is written and the artwork has been sketched and is in the process of being finalized. All that is left is to finish the artwork and get the books printed.

There are, of course, many logistical issues to consider when self publishing. We are working with PrintNinja.com to print the books. They have a good reputation and have worked with several successful kickstarter projects in the past so they have proven themselves to be reliable. Printing the books overseas saves on cost but adds in the longer shipping times but we have built this into our timeline.

As proven professionals, we know what it takes to get a project like this completed and we are confident we can deliver a book you’ll love to all of those that supported this project.

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    Bees Are The Best! Early Bird Special

    Get one copy of the first printing of the book at a discounted early bird rate! Beautiful hardcover with 36 glossy pages to capture your interest and help you fall in love with bees. This reward is only available to the first 200 backers.

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    Bees Are The Best! One Copy

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    Backyard Bees of North America Poster

    The backyard bees of North America poster displays over 130 different bee species (which is only 3% of all bee species in North America). Each is pictured at 5x their actual size and they are grouped together roughly by family (except for the cuckoo bees). All bees are identified to genus, and their common names are given. This poster will show you what the real bees highlighted in our children's book look like. This poster is 24" x 36"

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    Bees Are The Best! Two pack

    Get two copies of the first printing of the book at a discounted early bird rate! Beautiful hardcover with 36 glossy pages to capture your interest and help you fall in love with bees.

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    One Signed copy of Bees Are The Best!

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    Bees are the best! book and Poster

    Get one copy of Bees are the best! and one Backyard bees of North America Poster. Read the book to your kids and then have them find the real bees on the poster.

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    Two signed copies of Bees Are The Best!

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    Bees are the best! Family Pack

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    Teacher Pack

    Get 3 Bees are the Best books and 2 backyard bees of North America Posters. The books can be used in a classroom to introduce the idea that there are lots of different bees in the world. Students can then find the bees from the book on the Posters.

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    Virtual discussion and Q&A

    Get a virtual online discussion and Q&A session with Jonny and Joe. We will connect with you or your group via skype or some other online platform for a discussion about being an illustrator, being bee scientist, writing a children's book, and other topics. We would love to have a question and answer session and give you or your group a chance to ask us the burning questions they have been unable to get answered. We can be flexible about when this discussion takes place, we will just schedule a time that works for all of us.

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    Private art lesson with Jonny

    Get a rare opportunity to be taught by a professional illustrator and animator? Not many people have a resume as impressive as Jonny, and with your support for this project you have a chance to get a private art lesson from him. Jonny is available to meet with you in the Ventura/Los Angeles area for a private art lesson. All ages welcome. Jonny will work with you to schedule a time that works for you.

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    Private scientific field experience

    Join Joe in the Salt Lake City area to explore the world of bees that can be found in your own neighborhood. Joe literally wrote the book about North American bees and with your support of this project you will be able to join him for a field experience teaching you or your group all about local bees. Bees are most active in summer months so this reward will either need to be claimed in September of 2019 or later in the spring or summer of 2020. All ages welcome.

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