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 Recommended reading related to bees and beekeeping

Updated 6 February 2019

Check out Northern Bee Books in the U.K. for an excellent selection of books related to honey bees, beekeeping, etc.

 For bee-ginners and the experienced alike

Bonney, Richard E. 1990. Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for BeekeepersNorth Adams, Mass.: Storey Publishing.

Caron, Dewey M. 2013. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping. With Lawrence John Connor. Kalamazoo, MI: Wicwas Press.

Graham, Joe M. (ed.). 2015. The Hive and the Honey Bee.  Dadant & Sons.

Sammataro, Diana and Alphonse Avitabile. 2011. The Beekeeper’s Handbook.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Sanford, Malcolm T. and Richard Bonney. 2010. Storey's Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health. North Adams, Mass.: Storey Publishing. 

Williams, Paul, Robbin Thorp, Leif Richardson and Sheila Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Winston, Mark L. 1991. The Biology of the Honey Bee. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Forage related

Boland, Todd. 2011. Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador : Field Guide. Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, N.L. : Boulder Publications.

Boland, Todd. 2017. Wildflowers and Ferns of Newfoundland: Field Guide. Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, N.L. : Boulder Publications.

Crane, Eva, Penelope Walker and Rosemary Day. 2018 [1984}. Directory of Important World Honey Sources. Bristol and Hebden Bridge (UK): International Bee Research Association and Northern Bee Books.

Meades, Susan J., Stuart G. Hay, and Luc Brouillet. 2000.Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador. See also A Digital Flora of Newfoundland and Labrador Vascular Plants

Pellett, Frank C. 2014 [1920].  American Honey Plants. Hamilton, Illinois: Dadant Publications.

Ramsay, Jane. 2015 [1987]. Plants for Beekeeping in Canada and the Northern U.S.A. Victoria, B.C.: self-published by Jane Ramsay.

Ryan, A. Glen. 1978. Native Trees and Shrubs of Newfoundland and Labrador. Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Parks Division.

Other useful reads

American Bee Journal -

Aubert, Michel, et al. (eds.). 2011 [2007]. Virology and the Honey Bee. European Commission 2007 publication. Reproduction edition published by Northern Bee Books.

Bee Culture - including Larry Connor's articles - 

Bill, Lesley. 2009. For the Love of Bees: the Story of Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey. Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge: Northern Bee Books.

Blackiston, Howland.2009. Beekeeping for Dummies. 2nd Edition. Indianapolis: Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Brackney, Susan. 2009. Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet. New York: Perigee Book, Penguin Group.

Brother Adam. 1987[1975]. Bee-keeping at Buckfast Abbey. Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge: Northern Bee Books.

Brother Adam. 1983. In Search of the Best Strains of Bees. Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge: Northern Bee Books.

Davis, Ivor and Roger Cullum-Kenyon. 2015. The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping. London: Bloomsbury. 2nd edition. 

Desrochers, Anicet and Anne-Virginie Schmidt. 2014. Miel: L’art des abeilles, l’or de la ruche. Montreal: Les Éditions de l’Homme.

Gruszka, John (ed.). 1998. Beekeeping in Western Canada. Edmonton: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

Guzman-Novoa, Ernesto. 2011. Elemental Genetics and Breeding for the Honeybee. Bayfield, Ontario: Ontario Beekeepers Association.

Halter, Reese. 2011. The Incomparable Honeybee and the Economics of Pollination. Victoria: Rocky Mountain Books.

Jones, Richard. 2011. The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang.

Koeniger, Gudrun, Nikolaux Koeniger, Jamie Ellis and Lawrence Conner. 2014. Mating Biology of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera). Kalamazoo: Wicwas Press.

Laidlaw Jr., H.H. and R.E. Page Jr. 1997. Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding. Cheshire, CT:  Wicwas Press.

Maeterlinck, Maurice. 2006 [1908]. The Life of the Bee. [La vie des abeilles]. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications.

Morse, Roger A. and Kim Flottum (eds). 1997. Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases. Medina, Ohio: A.I. Root Co. Third edition printed by Northern Bee Books under licence 2013.

Natural Bee Husbandry: International Journal for Bee-Centred Beekeeping (October 2016).

Pernal, Stephen F. and Heather Clay. 2013. Honey Bee Diseases and Pests. 3rd Edition. Beaverlodge, Alberta: Association of Professional Apiculturists.

Ritter, Wolfgang (ed.). 2014. Bee Health and Veterinarians. Paris: OIE, World Organisation for Animal Health.

Seeley, Thomas D. 2016. Following the Wild Bees: the Craft and Science of Bee Hunting. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Seeley, Thomas D. 1996. The Wisdom of the Hive: The Social Physiology of Honey Bee Colonies. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Seeley, Thomas D. 1985. Honeybee Ecology: A Study of Adaptation in Social Life. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Shaw, Wally. 2018. There are Queen Cells in my Hive: What Should I Do? Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge: Northern Bee Books.

Winston, Mark L. 2014. Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


 Books for children

 Blossom's Big Job. NL Federation of Agriculture. Agriculture in the Classroom.  Contact Chelsea Foley to obtain a copy.

Grajkowski, Wojciech.  2017. Bees: A Honeyed History. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers.

Holsey, Ron. 2014. Curious George: A Home for Honeybees. Adaptation  y Julie Tibbott based on the TV series teleplay. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 

Martin, Jean-Pierre and Isabelle Nicole. 2014. Des abeilles dans mon jardin. Paris: Éditions Rustica.

McGuiness, Elle J. and Heather Brown. 2008. Bee Me. Denver, Colorado: According Publishing.

Roberge, Sylvie, Angèle Delaunois, and Fil et Julie. 2009. Le miel de la ruche au marché. Saint-Lambert, Quebec: Dominique et compagnie.

Wilcox, Merrie-Ellen. 2015. What's the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight. Victoria, B.C.: Orca Book Publishers.