Updated on December 6th, 2019

When we started beekeeping we kept looking for new sources of information. We bought several books but found ourselves continuously going back to the same two.

The Beekeeper’s Handbook

The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitablie (available on Amazon) is “the best single-volume guide to the hobby and profession of beekeeping”. At first it seemed a little too detailed. Before long we began to appreciate the in-depth explanations of everything from setting up your hive to harvesting honey to dealing with numerous potential problems.

The Beekeeper’s Handbook is loaded with helpful illustrations. It’s laid out in easy-to-read pages. Flipping through we learn about topics we never would have thought to Google on our own.

I think it’s a must have for any beekeeper.

The Backyard Beekeeper

Kim Flottum’s The Backyard Beekeeper is another excellent resource. Unlike The Beekeeper’s Handbook’s extensive illustrations, The Backyard Beekeeper is full of excellent color photography.

This book is beginner-oriented but still goes well beyond what you need to know in your first couple of years.

My one complaint about my 3rd Edition copy of The Backyard Beekeeper is that the print is way too small. That seems to be a non-issue if you get the electronic version now available on Amazon.