Essential Books for the Beekeeper

Every beekeeper should have a basic book or two to give them essential background on the art and science of beekeeping, and to consult when questions come up. Some of the best we have found, especially for the beginner beekeeper, include:

  • Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition by Ross Conrad (2013)
  • The Backyard Beekeeper, 4th Edition by Kim Flottum (2018)
  • Beekeeping for Dummies, 4th Edition by Howland Blackiston (2019)
  • The Beekeepers’ Handbook, 4th Edition by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile (2011)

For a more in-depth look at bee biology, consider a book that is widely used as a textbook in North American beekeeping courses, and keep it as a reference guide:

  • Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, by Dewey M. Caron with Lawrence John Connor (2013)


· “How to” Beekeeping Videos by the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre. 32 excellent short videos that provide essential information for beginners and demonstrate basic beekeeping techniques. Includes videos on Hive Equipment; Hive Location and Setup; Introducing a Nucleus Colony; Opening Hives; Colony Inspection; Smoke Use; Finding Queens; Abnormal Conditions; Harvesting Honey; and many more.