Beekeeping is a life long education! Here is a reading list for winter months when you can’t peak into the hives, or the rest of the year when you have a bee question that you need answered. 

Bee Magazines

American Bee Journal (USA)

Bee Culture (USA)

Beekeeping Basics Books

ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture– by Roger Morse, An Encyclopedia of Bees, 1st Pub 1877

The Backyard Beekeeper– by Kim Flottum, A beginners guide with large photos

Bee– by Rose-Lynn Fisher, Magnified photos of bee anatomy

The Beekeepers Bible– by Richard A. Jones, Beautiful Almanac on Beekeeping

Beekeeping for Dummies– by Howland Blackiston

The Hive and the Honeybee– Roy A Grout, Everything about Bees

Natural Beekeeping– by Ross Conrad, Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture

The Practical Beekeeper– by Michael Bush, Beekeeping Naturally

Books on Bee Culture

The Beekeepers Lament– Hannah Nordhaus, Large Scale Beekeeping

Honeybee Democracy– by Thomas Seeley, Decision making as a collective

Bees in America– by Tammy Horn, History of Beekeeping in the US

The Honey Trail– by Grace Pundyk, The Effects of Environment on Bees


Children’s Books

Honey in a Hive– by Anne Rockwell, Grades 1-3, Describes how honey is made

The Life and Times of the Honeybee– by Charles Micucci, Grade 2-4

The Magic Schoolbus Inside a Beehive– by Joanna Cole, Grade 1-4

Planting Guides for Bees

Honey Plants in N America– by John Lovell

Attracting Native Pollinators– Xerces Society

New Mexico Gardener’s Guide– by Judith Phillips, NM plants good for pollinators