Little Bee Books

About Us

Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for busy little bees ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, gift sets, and more.

BuzzPop, an imprint of Little Bee Books, is a media and licensing publisher designed to bring the very best of pop culture, favorite brands, and media tie-ins to fans of all ages. With a list including Nickelodeon books, a full line of Smooshy Mushy titles, and Crayola coloring and activity books, as well as publishing programs featuring boundary-breaking social media influencers such as JoJo Siwa and Karina Garcia, BuzzPop is devoted to creating empowering and diverse books for everyone. For more information please visit buzzpopbooks.com.

Yellow Jacket, an imprint of Little Bee Books, is a middle grade publisher of series and standalone titles for ages 8 through 14, covering an array of genres including humor, historical fiction, magical realism, coming-of-age stories, graphic novels, and much more. For more information please visit yellowjacketreads.com.

Mootilda’s Bad Mood
“Ranucci’s bright illustrations of wide-eyed farm critters are engaging and lively, and the details demand repeated readings. . . . A barnyard parable sure to lighten bad mooods.”–Kirkus Reviews

“Folks that read it may be reminded of the Betsy Lewin/Doreen Cronin farm books.” –Betsy Bird, Fuse #8

Mootilda’s in a bad mooood! She wakes up on the wrong side of the the barn and experiences one ca-lamb-ity after another. She skips and trips and spills milk everywhere. She tries to alley-oop but misses the hoop, and there’s a big crash at the chicken coop. Her day has been terri-bull! Is there any way Mootilda can turn her bad mooood around?

8/25/20 on-sale date

Selena: Queen of Tejano Music
Selena Quintanilla’s music career began at the age of nine when she started singing in her family’s band. She went from using a hairbrush as a microphone to traveling from town to town to play gigs. But Selena faced a challenge: People said that she would never make it in Tejano music, which was dominated by male performers. Selena was determined to prove them wrong.

Born and raised in Texas, Selena didn’t know how to speak Spanish, but with the help of her dad, she learned to sing it. With songs written and composed by her older brother and the fun dance steps Selena created, her band, Selena Y Los Dinos, rose to stardom! A true trailblazer, her success in Tejano music and her crossover into mainstream American music opened the door for other Latinx entertainers, and she became an inspiration for Latina girls everywhere.

8/25/20 on-sale date

Prince & Knight: Tale of the Shadow King
Praise for Prince & Knight: “Victorious…the premier queer-friendly fairy tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An illuminating fairy tale for young readers to be able to see that not every prince would like to marry a princess.” —School Library Journal

“A colorful and entertaining tale exploring sexuality, acceptance, and young love.” —Booklist

Our brave and dashing heroes, the prince and the knight, are happily married and their kingdom is prospering, but soon, a fog of darkness that blocks the sun spreads across their land. They get word that the cause of this is a dark and mysterious Shadow King, and they rush off to find and stop him, but encounter many obstacles along the way. Will they be able to restore the light to their kingdom?

COMING April 2021

The Whatifs
“TALK about a book that’s dealing with our current uncertain times! I know my kids suffer from the more than the occasional “whatif” these days.” –Betsy Bird (Fuse #8)

Cora is constantly worrying about everything. Because of this, the Whatifs love her. They sneak up to her and give her all kinds of doubts: big or small, silly or frightening, likely or impossible. As she prepares for an upcoming piano recital, the Whatifs cling on tighter and drag her down, making her anxious about messing up during the concert. Will she be able to change her worry-filled thoughts into hopeful ones?

8/25/20 on-sale date

The Christmas Barn
A warm new Christmas story from the creators of the New York Times-bestselling book The SheepOver!

When the Old Pine Tree cracks and falls after an autumn storm, Farmer John knows just what to do. He will give the farm animals a very special present for Christmas. He draws up a plan, and piece by piece, a structure is built, while the farm animals–sheep, dogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and some alpacas–look on in wonder at what their Christmas gift will be!

9/15/20 on-sale date

RuPaul Charles
Celebrate the amazing accomplishments of LGBTQ activist and trailblazer RuPaul in this inspiring board book.

In this beautifully illustrated board book series, parents can celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ heroes and introduce their little ones to the trailblazers who have shaped our world.

RuPaul is America’s most famous drag queen. Whether singing chart-topping dance hits, gracing the covers of magazines, or hosting award-winning television shows, RuPaul is always challenging the status quo and taking people out of their comfort zones. RuPaul has been instrumental in the recognition and acceptance of gay people and drag culture. He has performed at rallies, been the face of AIDS awareness campaigns, and has broken down barriers.

9/1/20 on-sale date

Croaked!
Nobbin Swill returns to solve another mystery in the second book in this hilarious middle-grade series that has color illustrations throughout!

Nobbin is now Prince Charming’s assistant, though he’s not able to assist him in his prince training when things go awry saving Princess Angelica. After that mishap, Sir Roderick thinks the princess needs training too and advises the king to send her away to a queen who can properly educate her. The king has doubts, but the queen suddenly shows up with her son, Figbert.

They both torment and insult everyone at the castle and in the village until one day, Figbert disappears. The queen thinks it’s the butler, but Nobbin suspects Sir Roderick. As they search for clues, they finally are able to find Figbert, but he’s not quite like they remember. He’s much smaller, rounder, and much, much greener. Will they be able find out who turned him into a frog and crack the case?

8/25/20 on-sale date

The Riverdale Diaries: Hello Betty!
“New life breathed into old characters….This straightforward, fun story lightly teaches readers to navigate changing friendships and the importance of trying new things even if it means doing it alone.” — Kirkus Reviews

Betty Cooper and her buddies from Archie’s Riverdale are reimagined for middle-grade readers in this full-length, full-color graphic novel written by rising star Sarah Kuhn and drawn by critically acclaimed artist J. Bone!

Sarah Kuhn and J. Bone deliver an authentic and funny tale of middle-school life as they reimagine the iconic gang from Riverdale into contemporary middle-grade students. Full of lively dialogue and stunningly hilarious art, the dynamics of friendship and school struggles are as classic as the characters themselves–and fresh and engaging for today’s readers

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