Awards and Reviews

Latest news! Nominated for 2015-16 Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (Oregon) and the New Mexico Library Association Award

Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2014: best books for classrooms chosen by National Science Teachers Assoc., USA

ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2014: American Library Association chooses the best of the best in children’s books.

Booklist Top 10 Book on Sustainability For Youth, 2014


Los Angeles Times 2014 ‘year’s best children’s books’ 

Winner of the LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award

Finalist in LIANZ Non-Fiction Award

Black-Eyed Susan Award nominee

CBC (New York) Best Books of the Year For Children

Booklist ‘Lasting Connections’ Choice for the Classroom

NZ Post Book Awards Finalist

Virginia Readers’ Choice shortlist 2015

The perfect read as spring awakens nature, Flight of the Honey Bee will fascinate outdoorsy youngsters. – Kate diCamillo’s Top Five Must-Reads

This brightly illustrated picture book achieves a good deal. The lively, realistic story is enhanced with apt imagery and vivid turns of phrase.  Huber…shows a good understanding of both honey bees and of what will interest young children. Lovelock’s illustrations… offer distinctive bee’s-eye views of the world… One of the most informative picture books about honey bees, this is surely among the most beautiful as well.  — Carolyn Phelan, Booklist (Star Review)

…It succeeds in accurately dramatizing honeybee behavior. Lovelock’s full-bleed paintings, done in watercolor, acrylic ink and colored pencil, vary in perspective and scale, making the most of the autumn palette and refraining at all times from anthropomorphizing their subjects…this handsome, respectful volume deserves a place on the shelf.Kirkus Reviews

Huber’s simple but dynamic language hums with an apian vibrancy. – The Horn Book

The prose is polished and informative…Lovelock’s mixed-media art is simply stunning, pairing compositions of vigorous graphic strength with delicate watercolor mottling and precise biological detail.—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The story is very much a reflection of a child’s day, filled with almost timed phrases for how kindy and primary school kids journey through their own days. There’s leaving home for adventure; dealing with something difficult (and overcoming it); pausing for breath; telling everyone at home about one’s day; and reflecting (often with a parent) on the day, and how even the difficult parts were worth it. It’s rare to find a book which is so inextricably tied to events children can relate to while at the same time presenting a story so unlike theirs. – Peta Andersen

Given the plight of honey bees and their importance to us, this is a timely book for the whole family – maybe one to read aloud while enjoying a slice of bread and honey! Really, sticky honey on the pages seems only appropriate. – UBS Review of Books

Both a compelling storybook and an educational natural science book.– CBI Recommended Reads (Ireland)

The beautifully produced Flight of the Honey Bee reflects on the intimate life and habits of one the most precious food producing species on our planet…The vibrant yet delicately intricate depictions of the bees by Brian Lovelock upon splattered backgrounds, compliments his shift from a scientist who painted all his life, to illustrator … a worthwhile collector’s treasure. – Buzzwords Magazine

Magnificently executed through exciting illustrations and text that is highly engaging, and reading more like a fictional story than nonfiction…– Reading Eagle

The spreads are carefully composed with plenty of room for the text…and given a dusting of splattered ink that loosens the whole image and gives them the liveliness of the natural world. – Crissi Blair, Magpies Magazine

What makes this book even more exceptional is that it can work for so many levels: from toddler to adult. – Youth Services Review, Massachusetts Librarians

Raymond Huber’s story of a little honey bee setting out on her own for the first time may be simple, but it’s also an important lesson in both the imperative role bees play in our environment and the big difference even one member of a group can make to the whole. Huber’s language is descriptive and gorgeously reminiscent of the bee’s flight itself…– Library Thing

With each book he illustrates, I am becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Brian Lovelock.   Here, in illustrations done in watercolor, acrylic ink, and colored pencil, there is such power to his many close-ups of the bees. Besides all of the great facts, I really like how author Raymond Huber points out up front how honey bees may be the most important creature for life on earth and then lists some concrete steps readers can take to help save the bees.  – Ritchie Partington

I was struck by how beautifully integrated the text and images are; they belong together like honey and honeycomb.– Claire Beynon

Combines the best of all the elements in non-fiction.– Sandy Brehl