Bee Detectives

Bee Detectives

Brenna Quinlan, Vanessa Ryan-Rendall


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When Olivia and Hamish see a smoky haze coming from their local park, they're ready to spring into action! But it's not a fire – it's a nest of Australian stingless bees that needs their help.

Join Olivia and Hamish as they learn about the bees in our backyards. From Blue-banded and Teddy Bear to Carpenter and Leaf-cutter bees, our two budding Bee Detectives discover how our native bees live, what they like to eat and the important work they do to pollinate plants.

Explore the wonders of Australia's native bees – and be inspired to become a Bee Detective, too. It's a real buzz!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6-9.


Brenna Quinlan:
Brenna Quinlan is an illustrator and educator who strives to make the world a better place through her art and her actions. She has lived for 4 years at Australia's most well-known permaculture demonstration site, Melliodora, where they grow food, milk goats, build soil and engage with the community.|||Vanessa Ryan-Rendall is an experienced primary school teacher, gifted education consultant and librarian. She has a keen interest in engaging students in literature while learning more about the natural world, and loves helping children build skills in investigating, problem-solving and creative thinking.