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Books, Signs & Art

You can never learn too much about bees or keeping bees. Our selection of books will help you focus on the basics, the fun, and the beautiful. Add some informational posters and cute signs to your apiary, and you will certainly know more than you did before!

We now have some great art for your walls -- our very own wall appliques featuring our favorite creatures...bees! These peel-n-stick decorations will liven up any room!



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  1. The Observation Hive Handbook: Studying Bees at Home

    The Observation Hive Handbook: Studying Bees at Home

    Keeping an observation hive year-round is an excellent way of learning about bees. This handbook contains over 60 pages of helpful instruction, insightful anecdotes, and full-color photographs and includes a wealth of information for the backyard beekeeper. If you want to see bees rearing brood and making honey, witness foragers departing, returning, and dancing, and note the effects of the seasons, the weather, and your beekeeping practices on the colony, then this is the book for you!
  2. The Candlemaker’s Companion

    The Candlemaker’s Companion

    From wax to wick to wrapping, this is a definitive guide to modern candle making. Betty Oppenheimer provides illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice.
  3. Bee Coloring Book

    Bee Coloring Book

    A 24-page activity book just for kids! They will learn all about bees and honey while coloring and participating in fun activities. Revised 2004.
  4. Bee My Honey

    Bee My Honey

    A colorful note pad with bee graphics and quotes at the bottom of each page. Great for gifts! 24 pages.
  5. Bee Pollinators in Your Garden

    Bee Pollinators in Your Garden

    The newest publication of the American Association for Professional Apiculturists, this 18-page color booklet covers a wide variety of topics. Color photos of bees on flowers are provided for rapid identification. This is an ideal reference for beekeepers, Master and home gardeners, and anyone interested in the conservation and value of bees as pollinators.
  6. Beekeeping For Dummies

    Beekeeping For Dummies

    Beekeeping For Dummies is a book that every beginning beekeeper needs. A PMTC® staff favorite, this book breaks down the complicated art of beekeeping into easy, fun steps. Detailed, full-color photographs make this a must-have for every beekeeper!
  7. Bee-sentials: A Field Guide

    Bee-sentials: A Field Guide

    The beekeeping book you have been looking for: a basic book with some meat on its bones. For continued study by new and not so new beekeepers. A book that can be thrown into a computer bag or backpack and read on an airline, beside a lake or in the beeyard. Many full-color photos, including 25 colorful pages of honey plants.
  8. Comb Honey Production

    Comb Honey Production

    Cornell University Professor Roger A. Morse's classic book on the production of comb honey. He considered comb honey production and queen rearing to be the benchmark of an accomplished beekeeper. Comb honey is exactly as the bees produce it, with natural comb and no heating or filtering during the production by the bees. Comb honey is a gourmet item in many fine eating establishments, often coupled with fine cheeses and fresh fruit. The book is one of the best on the topic of comb honey production using traditional methods.
  9. First Lessons in Beekeeping

    First Lessons in Beekeeping

    Learn all the basics in the practical primer for prospective beekeepers! Includes 150 color photos illustrating all aspects of beekeeping including honeybee biology, equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment. Available in English and Spanish.
  10. Increase Essentials

    Increase Essentials

    Popular lecturer and bee culture author Dr. Larry Connor has finally put together a comprehensive work on splitting and dividing hives. He looks at establishing new colonies by installing packages, swarms, nucs, or by splitting existing colonies. He reviews many different manipulations and techniques he has observed in his lifetime among the bees.
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