• Dadant
  • Mann Lake Ltd.

Thanks to these sponsors, you can enjoy this website without annoying popup ads! You can show your appreciation by clicking on their banners above to go directly to their websites.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Beginners Resources

I Googled the word “beekeeping” today, which came back with 39 million results — far too many for most of us to read!

The other issue is that with the advent of the Internet, those with strong opinions are free to upload their thoughts, without anyone first checking them for supportive evidence.  And in beekeeping, there has never been a lack of strong opinions.

So here’s a list of resources for the beginner that I feel are both readable and informative.

Of course, I’d start with one of my own: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/first-year-care-for-your-nuc/

Then there are beginning texts:

First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant

The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro & Alfonse Avitabile

Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees, 2nd Edition. Malcolm T. Sanford, Richard E. Bonney

Beekeeping Basics   This used to be a freebie from Penn State.Homegrown Honey Bees by Alethea Morrison

Beekeeping for Dummies.  Howland Blackiston

Honey Bee Hobbyist by Norm Gary—good overall understanding, rather than how-to-do-it.

Beautiful prose: A Book of Bees, Hubble.  This is the book to share with your family to help them understand your passion.

Let me know if there are others that I should add to the above list!


The Biology of the Honey Bee, Winston.  As the title says  — relatively short and to the point reference book, nicely written by an expert.

The next two are the go-to textbooks:

The Hive and the Honey Bee, Dadant

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, Root