Top Beekeeping Books for Beekeepers
A quick internet search reveals how to instructions on any possible topic. Yet, in spite of that, nothing can compare with the experience of holding a physical book in your hands. Beekeeping for beginners requires some education about bee life. Here are my suggestions for the best beekeeping books around!
Most beekeepers develop a collection of favorite books over time. I value the many beekeeping books that I have collected and still refer to them on occasion.
It is a simple fact that you can’t “get it all” the first time you hear or read the material. It is rare that I do not learn something new when paging through one of the books in my library.
With the recent popularity of beekeeping, many mass produced books have become available. Some of them are good additions to the industry and some are not work your time or money.
All of the beekeeping books listed here are full of good solid information that will help any beekeeper. Remember beekeeping involves many disciplines.
Beekeeping for Dummies
The Dummies book series is well knows for giving clear easy to understand instructions. This edition is no exception. Full of basic information that is helpful for any beginning beekeeper. You can refer back to this one for years to come. I like to make notes in the margins!
The Beekeeper’s Handbook
I was really excited when this book was released. It contains an impressive amount of information relating to all aspects of beekeeping. The helpful diagrams are large and easy to read. One of my “must have” choices for a beekeeper.
The Beekeeper’s Bible
The Beekeeper’s Bible is a thick hard back book that is packed with tons and tons of information. Going way beyond basic beekeeping, you will also find a lot of helpful tips for creating products with beeswax, beeswax uses, honey recipes and more. This will become a reference book for any beekeeper or bee lover.
The Backyard Beekeeper
A true authority on anything beekeeping, author Kim Flottom has created a great resource with The Backyard Beekeeper. Constantly updated, the material is easy to understand and covers many aspects of beekeeping including bee health.
Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping
Another favorite in my beekeeping book library, Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping is similar to a college text book. It delves farther into bee life and biology but also covers all the basic beekeeping topics.
Natural Beekeeping: Ross Conrad
Ross Conrad’s Natural Beekeeping is one of the first books I purchased as a new beekeeper. He methods of beekeeping have helped many beginners enter the world of beekeeping and find methods that work for them.
Top-Bar Beekeeping gives you a look into the world of Top Bar hives. Exploring the advantages and disadvantages to the hive style and how to manage your bees throughout the season. I like the diagrams that show how the colony grows inside the hive.
Now you are ready to begin creating your own library of books about beekeeping. Regardless of your style of beekeeping, you can still learn things from people who do things a bit differently.
Stay tuned – later in 2020, my new Beginner’s Beekeeping Book will be out in print. I hope it will help new beekeepers, as much as, these books have helped me over the years.