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Zoe the SoloBee | The Native Green Bee Song - Alder & Alouette

Zoe the SoloBee: Song of the Native Bee (Osmia aglaia species)

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Zoe the SoloBee is a delightful sing-along story of Zoe, a real green bee from the Osmia aglaia species, one of the 20,000 species of solitary native bees in the world. With vibrant watercolor illustrations and a lyrical poem the story illustrates how Zoe will collect pollen, prepare her nest and reproduce.

Showcasing this mysterious life cycle of a solitary bee will inspire adults and children to take action and help bees.

The book includes a list of steps to build a bee garden and sheet music for the SoloBee Song, the words in the book. The book is a part of a product line that helps nature lovers restore habitats and care for bees.



  • Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner
  • An Orbis Pictus Honor Book 
  • Selected for the Texas Bluebonnnet Master List 
  • Finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
  • Cook Prize Honor Book 
  • An American Library Association Notable Children's Book 
  • A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year 
  • Named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, NPR, Shelf Awareness, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and more! 
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year 
  • A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book 
  • A Booklist Editor's Choice 
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


  • Zoe the SoloBee: Song of the Native Bee, a sing along Song Book
  • Written by CL Vanderhoff and illustrated by Ross Web.
  • Published by Kapingamarambi Press, July 10, 2016
  • Ages 5 to 9 years
  • 0.09" H x 11.02" L x 8.5" W (0.3 lbs) 34 pages
  • Softcover
  • Nonfiction