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Kaia and the Bees by [Maribeth Boelts, Angela Dominguez]

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About the Author

Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for young people, including Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, and Those Shoes and A Bike Like Sergio’s, both illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. She currently resides in Iowa.

Sisi Aisha Johnson is an in-demand narrator with a background in film and stage acting.

Bill Andrew Quinn has been narrating audiobooks for a myriad of publishers since 1992. A nationally recognized voice actor, he has done campaigns for Coke Zero, ESPN, and Totino’s while also conducting music and informational research for his own radio show. He currently resides in the New York City area, where he enjoys sampling craft beer and watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals play on the MLB Network.

Pete Cross earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been narrating audiobooks since 2015. He received an Audie nomination for 2016's A Time to Die. In 2017, he garnered both an Earphones Award and a Parent's Choice Award for his narration of Openly Straight. An Ohio native, he spent eight years in Los Angeles where he coached actors, was lucky enough to work with French director Quentin Dupieux, and despised the traffic.

Angela Dominguez has created many books for young people, including Maria Had a Little Llama, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. She also illustrated Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina. She currently resides on the East Coast.
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"Here is a picture book for the youngest environmentalist"--Hillary Williamson, Bookloons

"Kaia and the Bees is a highly relatable book for anyone who has overcome or is working to overcome a fear...Clearly, this is a great book to read with students as springtime blooms, and bees come out"--Stacey Shubitz, Two Writing Teachers

"Kids will relate to Kaia's fear and her determination to be brave. Although she understands bees' importance in the environment and knows that she has her father's support, she finds courage only when she begins to consider the bees' viewpoint. An introduction to bees emerges through the natural- sounding dialogue in this expressive picture book."--Booklist

"Beekeeper Boelts infuses her narrative with both appropriate vocabulary and empathy...Dominguez accurately depicts apiary equipment and practices in her friendly cartoons, and she peoples the story with a diverse cast not typically seen in kids' books about beekeeping. Kaia is biracial, with a black dad and white mom. Could be just the ticket for turning bee-phobes into beekeepers"--Kirkus

"The book effectively evokes the physicality of anxiety ("I get twisty inside") and respects the fact that getting over a fear isn't a one-time thing but often requires some mental negotiation and patience...this might give the kid who screeches at the slightest buzz a pause before wildly swatting the air."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B082W1C1NL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Candlewick Press; Illustrated edition (March 10, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 10, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 71359 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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    4.9 out of 5 stars 39 ratings

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I loved this book! My crew (boys ages 4, 6, 8) loved it also. This is one of those books that teaches and inspires without kids noticing. (books like that are gold in my mind!) Whether your family loves bees, being brave, the environment, great dialogue & illustrations or just looking for quality children's books, this is a great choice!
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