Episode 142: Behind ‘The Beehive’

January 31, 2024

In episode 142 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Behind ‘The Beehive’

We go behind the scenes of Megan Daley’s debut picture book THE BEEHIVE, with a roundtable discussion between Allison, Megan and illustrator Max Hamilton. If you’ve ever wondered how a picture book is created, this one is for you!


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Bookmail and TBR pile

Sloths Love Parties’ by Rory H. Mather. Illustrated by Binny Talib 

Little Book Baby’ by Katrina Germein. Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini 

All You Can Be by Angela Casabene and Michelle Conn

Two Rabbits by Larissa Ferenchuk and Prue Pittock



Behind The Beehive

Megan Daley and The BeehiveThe Beehive by Megan Daley, illustrated by Max Hamilton

An amazing look into the native stingless bee, the heroes of pollination, from celebrated teacher librarian and author Megan Daley and CBCA Award winning illustrator Maxine Hamilton.

It’s finally hive day! Willow has been waiting all year for groundskeeper Tom to split the school’s native stingless beehive in two so she can take home her very own hive. Everything needs to be just right to help so that the bees forage and thrive in their new home.

The dual text results in a charming story alongside an abundance of fascinating facts about Australia’s native bees.

About the Author

Megan Daley is a Teacher Librarian and has been awarded the Australian Teacher Librarian of the Year from ASLA and the Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year, as well as the national Dromkeen Librarian’s Award. A former national vice-president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Megan is also a regular literary judge, curator of 2023 Brisbane Writers Festival Word Play program, a workshop presenter, the creator of the popular website Children’s Books Daily and co-creator of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast.

About the Illustrator

Max Hamilton is an award-winning illustrator, graphic designer and most enthusiastically a maker of children’s books. She enjoys noticing the little details in things, loves to get lost in the world of illustration and stories, and through her art aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our Australian fauna. Max lives in Sydney with her partner, two young daughters and a couple of guinea pigs named Dumpling and Noodles.


Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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