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 Recommended reading related to bees and beekeeping

Updated 18 Sept. 2018

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.


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.

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

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.