Beekeeping Book Store


Before I embark on a new project, I like to read as much about the subject as I can. If you are considering keeping bees, I strongly suggest that you do the same - there is more to beekeeping than meets the eye.

I have personally found that the Danish Beekeeper Assiciation's periodical "Tidsskrift for Biavl" contains an enormous wealth of information - try browsing through your national Beekeeper Association's periodicals.

Below I have listed some books - good and bad - I have located on the subject of beekeeping. Links are provided to, where you can safely buy the books (I have done so myself on several occasions). The prices may have changed.

Keeping Bees
John Vivian, Liz Buell (Illustrator)

This well-illustrated guide introduces the beginner to the fundamental aspects of apiculture, from the construction of the hive, through bee management, honey harvesting and on to candle making. Apiary expense estimates are up-to-date and information on bee diseases and the "Africanization'' problem is accurate and current. Aspiring bee keepers striving for self-sufficiency will find this book unique, as it gives directions for the building of hives, frames, and a wax foundation molding press.

Price: $8.76

Beekeeping: A Practical Guide
Richard E. Bonney, Sandra Webb (Editor)

Bonney offers useful information for both the novice and experienced beekeeper on everything from acquiring bees to preventing tracheal mites. Includes important recommendations for dealing with Africanized bees.

From The Publisher

For the professional and hobbyist, a detailed review of a full-year cycle of beekeeping, including managing colonies, taking the crop, coping with disease, and selecting equipment. The reader learns how to manage bees and keep them.

Price: $15.16

The Honey Bee
James L. Gould with Carol Grant Gould


After a "description of the history of beekeeping and the biology of the honeybee, the {authors} devote the remainder of the book to a . . . description of the behavior of the individual and of the colony as a whole. Separate chapters address communication within the colony, the scientific controversy about the nature of the dance language, navigation, programmed learning, and the evolution of the dance language." (Choice) Chapter bibliographies. Index.

From Linda Wiener - Science Books & Films

This is not a general book about honeybees; rather, it discusses experimental studies of honeybee forager behavior and psychology. . . . Technical details and conclusions are clearly explained by many helpful illustrations of experimental setups and results. The excitement and challenge of behavioral research are apparent on every page. . . . The authors tend to generalize too quickly from a few selected experiments. . . . This book is most appropriate for undergraduates and interested laypersons. It would also be useful for teachingabout behavioral and psychological experimentation with animals.

Price: $15.96

Bee Pollen/Royal Jelly/Propolis/Honey
Rita Elkins

From The Publisher

Mix the latest scientific data on herbal products and physical ailments with the need for natural approaches to health, and what do you have? The Woodland Health Series. Each of these booklets gives concise, pertinent information for those looking to nature for optimal health. Current and timely topics range from the miraculous anti-aging properties of DHEA to the cholesterol-lowering abilities of essential fatty acids. These easy-to-follow guides give everything that is needed for a solid background education in contemporary natural health.

Price: $3.16

A Book of Bees: And how to Keep Them
Sue Hubbell, Sam Potthoff (Photographer)


For most of the year Sue Hubbell lives on a hundred-acre farm in the Missouri Ozarks. In spring, summer and early autumn, she tends three hundred hives and twelve million bees. A Book of Bees is the sequel to Ms. Hubbell's A Country Year; it aims to take the reader through the beekeeper's - and the bees' - year, beginning in the autumn and concluding with the summer harvest. (Publisher's note)

From The Publisher

From the author of the widely acclaimed A Country Year comes another elegant and appealing book about the world of the beekeeper and what he or she must do in each of the four seasons. 28 illustrations.

Price: $9.60

The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping
Roger A. Morse

Description from The Reader's Catalog

Morse, a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, gives sound advice on all aspects of beekeeping, including how to select a good apiary site, sell honey, and rear queen honey bees.

Price: $13.60

The Hive and the Honey Bee
Joe M. Graham (Editor)

Price: $41.00

The Beekeeper's Handbook:  A Teaching Text for Beginner's to Advanced Beekeepers.
Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile / Foreword by Roger A. Morse

From The Publisher

Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile have revised and expanded their clear and comprehensive guide to cover changes in beekeeping. They discuss the crisis created by the parasitic bee mites. In less than a decade, for example, varroa mites have saturated the North American honeybee population with disastrous results, devastating both managed and wild populations. The new edition of The Beekeeper's Handbook covers mite detection and control as well as the selection and testing of bees that may have some tolerance to mites.

Price: $24.95

Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding
Harry Hyde Laidlaw, Robert E. Page

Price: $34.95

Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers
Richard E. Bonney


Here are practical methods for coping with today's greatest concerns, including mites and Africanized bees.

Price: $13.56

Bee Hive Product Bible
Royden Brown

Price: $7.96

Bee Products - Properties, Applications and Apitherapy: Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 26-30, 1996
Avshalom Mizrahi (Editor), Yaacov Lensky (Editor)

Review From Booknews

Contributors from a wide range of fields and cultures present 31 papers that consider not only the familiar honey and pollen, but also propolis, venom, royal jelly, toxicity and contaminants, quality control, marketing, healing with honey, cosmetics, and other topics relating to keeping and using bees. They include honey as an antimicrobial agent, medicinal herbs as a potential source of high quality honeys, the structure and secretory products of honey bee exocrine glands, the role of hymenopterous venoms in nature, apitherapy in orthopaedic diseases, acaricide residues in beeswax and honey, and a new method of making mead. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Price: $89.50

A Day in the Life of a Beekeeper
Penny Michels, Judith Tropea, John Halpern (Photographer)
Library Binding


Describes the daily work of a beekeeper who teaches biology and keeps his hives as a sideline.

Price: >$12.50

How Does a Bee Make Honey?: ...and Other Curious Facts
Martin M. Goldwyn, Ted Enik (Illustrator)

Price: $7.16

The Golden Insect: A Handbook on Beekeeping for Beginners
Stephen O. Adjare

Price: $11.60

Beekeeping in Africa
Stephen O. Adjare

Price: $9.60

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