Dr. Felicity Muth: Am I Even A Bee?

Event graphic of Felicity Muth next to an image of the cover of Am I Even a Bee?
Saturday, October 1, 2022 - 10:30am
Free
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Am I Even a Bee? By Felicity Muth, Alexa Lindauer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Felicity Muth, Alexa Lindauer (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936097401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Baobab Press - April 5th, 2022

Join us for storytime with Dr. Felicity Muth, reading her book Am I Even A Bee? The event will include a storytime reading by the author, an interactive activity, a live bee colony, and a signing line. 

EVENT INFO:

  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 10:30 A.M.
    • Run time: 30 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: The second floor of BookPeople. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event.
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.

EVENT GUIDELINES:

  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessary. 
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com

ABOUT AM I EVEN A BEE?

Am I Even a Bee? is the story of Osmia, a solitary bee, decidedly green and unquestionably un-fuzzy. Osmia has always believed she is a bee, (her mom told her so), but recent run-ins with people, and even other insects, leave her wondering, “Am I even a bee?!” Confused, Osmia faces an identity crisis, and she turns to her meadow for comfort. It is here that she meets her new friend and guide Xyla, a carpenter bee who, like Osmia, does not fit the black-and-yellow social mold. Through some adventures and chance encounters, Osmia and Xyla meet a slew of non-honey bees, each special and important to the meadow in their own unique way. Osmia discovers that while fame is great, diversity and acceptance are essential to a happy ecosystem. As it turns out, there is no one way to be a bee!

There are around 20,000 species of bee worldwide, and Am I Even a Bee? highlights a handful of species that pollinate human food, or are critical for the maintenance of natural ecosystems. With mass insect declines worldwide, now is a critical time for people of all ages to learn about the diversity of bees. Teaching children to embrace and understand insects is a small step toward building a population that advocates for insects, the small creatures with a huge impact on our natural world!


ABOUT DR. FELICITY MUTH

Dr. Felicity Muth is an assistant professor of animal behavior and cognition at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from London, Felicity did her PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, before discovering her passion for bees at the University of Arizona and University of Nevada, Reno, where she held postdoctoral research positions. Felicity is also an award-winning popular science writer, and has published in Scientific American as well as being interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday.


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