What to Read

If you’re exploring the idea of taking up beekeeping as a hobby or profession, one of the best habits/practices you can undertake is reading and research. There are many good beekeeping books out there – on this page you’ll find a list of the best, compiled by beekeeping pros who’ve loved them.

The Best Books to Read about Beekeeping


First Lessons in Beekeeping by C.P. Dadant

The ABC-XYZ of Bee Culture by Amos Ives Root 


Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Blackiston


The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping by Dean Stiglitz

Fifty Years Among the Bees by C.C. Miller


The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush

Other important beekeeping books:

How To Do It Book of Beekeeping

by Richard Taylor

The Hive and the Honeybee

by C.P. Dadant

A Year’s Work in an Out-Apiary

by G.M. Doolittle