To Read About Beekeeping

Free Downloads:

Penn State Extension – lot’s of beekeeping info, including a web-course and beginning beekeeping booklet available as a free PDF  Abbé Warré’s Beekeeping For All if you want to get into Warre hives.


  • Clan Apis by Jay Hosler – Graphic Novel for ages 5 and up

  • The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture edited by Kim Flottum, et al., Eds. – A Cyclopedia of Everything Pertaining to the Care of the Honey Bee

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping by Dean Stiglitz/Laurie Herboldtsheimer – How to start beekeeping in a treatment-free way; easy reading.

  • Beekeeping for Dummies by  Howland Blakiston –  Traditional beekeeping reference book; easy reading & lots of information.

  • Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey-Bee by our hero, L. L. Langstroth – The classic beekeepers manual written by the inventor of the “modern” hive in 1859 or so.

  • Honeybee:  Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper by C. Marina Marchese – Organized differently than the standard teaching texts; pleasure reading that’s instructive.  Good for people who are just enamored with the idea of beekeeping and want to support beekeepers but probably won’t ever keep bees themselves.

  • The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum – An absolute beginners guide to keeping bees in your yard and garden.

  • Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad – Organic approaches to modern apiculture.

  • Why Do Bees Buzz by Elizabeth Capaldi-Evans – Q &  A format is a pleasant reference system for frequently-asked questions.  Great for kids who need to do a school project

  • The Beekeeper’s Handbook, by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile