Bee Love (Can Be Hard)

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

A Minnesota Book Award Finalist

Otis wasn’t scared of many things, but at the top of his list? Bees.

When Grandpa was younger, he was afraid of bees too. That is, until he learned about them. “Bees are amazing insects,” Grandpa tells Otis. “They’re pollinating powerhouses!” To help Otis overcome his fear, Grandpa takes him to a bee farm, where he learns that while “bee love” can be hard, it is also important.

Lovely pastoral paintings are the backdrop to this gently told, relatable story. The book includes extended information about bees, beekeeping, and pollinators.

This delightfully readable story about overcoming your fears was written by former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and Minnesota Vikings Hall of Famer Alan Page, and his daughter, Kamie Page, an educator. Page Education Foundation donates 100% of their book proceeds back to the Foundation, which offers financial assistance to students of color facing barriers to attaining their educational dreams.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher Page Education Foundation
Imprint Page Education Foundation
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-04-29
Text Type Informational Fiction
BISACS JUV002140, JUV039050, JUV013100
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9 x 11
Lexile 610
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Original artwork

Author: Alan Page

Alan Page, retired Associate of the Minnesota Supreme Court and NFL Hall of Famer, is an award winning children's book author. He and his wife, Diane, founded the Page Education Foundation.

Author: Kamie Page

Kamie Page is a second grade teacher and lifelong teacher. She and her father, Alan Page, are award-winning authors.

Illustrator: David Geister

David Geister is a storyteller with a paintbrush who has created artwork for historic sites, publications, and private collectors. He is the illustrator of more than twenty picture books.


  • Society of Midland Authors Award, Winner, 2021
  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2021