Following are four highlighted books that different individuals from the club have used when starting out, and would recommend to others as a solid starting point. Below is a list of many other books, some tested and some not, just so you can see what other titles are out there. They are not recommended here based on any personal connections aside from having used them and found them to be a solid resource for beginner beekeepers.
The Beekeeper’s Handbook
This book offers a wealth of knowledge, and now on its fourth edition it is also updated (as of 2012) for the modern day. From the beginning beekeeper to those with decades of experience, this is one that proves useful time and time again for all.
The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture
Another highly recommended book for beginning beekeepers, used by many in the local community over the years.
The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally
Considered by many to be their go-to book on beekeeping, Micheal Bush has created one of the largest collections of modern beekeeping knowledge. From his Southern Nebraska home, he manages over 100 hives, and travels around the country speaking on beekeeping in a practical, no nonsense way.
Written by Massachusetts resident beekeepers Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer, this book has all the information a beginning beekeeper needs to know to start a hive and keep it buzzing. Expert beekeepers Dean and Laurie, owners of Golden Rule Honey, take readers step by step through the entire process-from information on the inhabitants of a hive and how it works to collecting bees, keeping them healthy, raising a queen, harvesting honey and wax, and storing hives for the off- season.