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The Bee Is Not Afraid Of Me: A Book of Insect Poems

The Bee Is Not Afraid Of Me: A Book of Insect Poems


Edited by Fran Long and Isabel Galleymore, with illustrations by Emma Wright.

An Emma Press Children’s Poetry Collection

“Moth, you are cut from the cloth of the night,/

spun in the silver of moonbeam thread:

a sliver of shadow so soft, so slight,

that the air barely stirs as you whirr overhead.”

Approximate reading age: aimed at children aged 8+

Page count: 86

Publication date: 5th March 2021

Fran Long and Isabel Galleymore

Fran Long is a primary science specialist teacher and fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust. She is passionate about fostering curiosity amongst children and is always looking for innovative ways to educate future generations and promote a love of science and the natural world. Isabel Galleymore is an award-winning writer and lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Her poems explore ecology and our human place within it, and her first collection, Significant Other, was published by Carcanet in 2019 and won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize 2020.


Can you imagine a world without bees? Did you know that dung beetles are awesome recyclers? Insects pollinate, recycle and are an important food source for many animals – they’re tiny but mighty superheroes of the animal kingdom.

This is an anthology of wild and wonderful children’s poems which will educate and excite youngsters about the fascinating world of insects.

With poems by Maureen Anderson, Celia Berrell, Stephen Bone, Susan Byrne, Sharon Dalgleish, Anneliese Emmans Dean, Robert Ensor, Imogen Forster, Rebecca Gethin, Chrissie Gittins, Helen Clare, Elizabeth F. Hill, Nina Hoole, Karen Horsley, Anita John, John Alan Kitchen, Becky Kleanthous, Joanne Lloyd, Jane Mackenzie, Myles McLeod, Christy Mihaly, Diana Murray, Kate O’Neil, Lydia Syson, Gabrielle Turner, Richard Westcott, M. V. Williams, Elli Woollard, and Ros Woolner.

‘Poetry projects that arise from lofty intentions rarely realise themselves as well as this little gem of a book has. I absolutely loved it, and have no doubt it will open up the eyes and  ears of children for generations to come.’ Deidre Hines, Sabotage Reviews  

‘These gorgeous and educational poems evoke a sense of wonder.’ Dr Sarah Beynon, founder of The Bug Farm


Additional information

Dimensions 12.3 × 18.4 cm

Print, eBook

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