Beginner’s FAQ: What Books Should I Read?

It’s not imperative to read all the beekeeping books out there (and believe me, there’s a lot!) but it’s always nice to read different ways of doing things and learning more about the complexity of the honeybee. This will give you a better understanding of why and how bees produce honey and how you can attempt to maximise your haul.

We’ve broken down the books into some subtopics that you may want to explore further.

Practical Beekeeping

BBKA Guide to Beekeeping – Ivor Davis and Roger Cullum-Kenyon

Guide To Bees and Honey – Ted Hooper

Collins Beekeeper’s Bible

Beekeeping A Seasonal Guide – Ron Brown

Beekeeping A Practical Guide – Roger Patterson

The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver – James E. Tew

Honey, Beeswax and Propolis

Bees and Honey – David Cramp & Jenni Fleetwood

Manuka: The Biography of an Extraordinary Honey – Cliff Van Eaton

Heather Honey, An Anthology of Works – Ian Copinger

Beeswax Alchemy – Petra Ahnert

Queen Rearing

In Search of the Perfect Bee – Brother Adam

Queen Bee: Biology, Rearing and Breeding – David Richard Woodward


Practical Microscopy – Bob Maurer

Pollen Microscopy – Norman John Chapman

Bee Diseases

Honeybee Veterinary Medicine – Nicolas Vidal-Naquet

Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases Book – Kim Flottum and Roger Morse

Managing Bee Health: A Practical Guide for Beekeepers – John Carr

Planting for Pollinators

Plants for Bees – W.D.J Kirk and F.N Howes

Planting for Honeybees: The Grower’s Guide to Creating a Buzz – Sarah Wyndham Lewis

The Bee Bible: 50 Ways to Keep Bees Buzzing – Sally Coulthard

The Bee-Friendly Garden –  Gretchen LeBuhn & Kate Frey

Natural Beekeeping

Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive – David Heaf

Top Bar Beekeeping – Les Crowder

The Idle Beekeeper – Bill Anderson

Just for Fun

A Sting in the Tale – Dave Goulson

The History of Bees – Maja Lunde

Honeybee Democracy – Thomas D.Seeley

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees – Thor Hanson

The Honey Factory: Inside the Ingenious World of Bees –  Diedrich Steen & Jürgen Tautz

For Little Beekeepers

The Honeybee – Kirsten Hall

The Beeman –  Laurie Krebs

Little Honey Bee – Katie Haworth

Little Yellow Bee – Ginger Swift

UnBEElieveables – Douglas Florian

Well what do you think? Have we missed out any beekeeping books that you think should be on the list, just let us know! Just remember, beekeeping is a hobby that should be fun so enjoy reading up about it.

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