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Our bee club is redesigning our beginners class. We've been distributing the Keith Delaplane book (can't remember name), but it's a little dated and bare bones. I'm looking for suggestions on the best beginners book.
 

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Have you checked out Jim Tew's web sight lately. He has his on-line video based beekeeping training program completed. After going to his sight onetew.com click on the link to the video training. This should be a major help with the beginner classes.

We also use the Delaplane book.

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My favorite starting book Ever: Beekeeping for Dummies.
 

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Also the complete idiots guide to beekeeping, is a pritty good book.
 

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I agree with the D. Sammataro recommendation - It is my go to book. There is a rumor of a 5th edition, and I noticed some bkeeper supply places have the 4th edition on sale.....
 

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I snagged that one from the library; I don't know if I'd call it a beginner's book, but it was an excellent read.
 

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I also liked this book about bee behavior - it was really fascinating. All about bee behavior and very readable.
The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism by Jürgen Tautz, Helga R. Heilmann and David C. Sandeman (May 20, 2009); I learned a lot about why the bees were doing what they did. I have never seen it in soft cover - only hardback. FYI - it has great photos.
 

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I agree with Grant. The Beekeepers Handbook is an excellent choice for beginner or intermediate bee school, and will serve as a valued reference for your students for years to come. The fourth edition is greatly improved and updated. You will not be disappointed.
 

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Re: b2) Beginners Beekeeping Books

These all might be excellent books, but to stay within budget, we're looking for something we can purchase in bulk for about 10 bucks.
 

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The Beekeepers Handbook 4th edition is $17 or so from Amazon. The MAAREC book Beekeeping Basics meets your price point and can actually be distributed electronically (PDF) for free. Jim Tew's book is about $10 - I've got a copy on order and want to evaluate it before deciding what I'll use this year for bee school.
 

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I'm curious about Jim Tews' book. The New Starting Out With Bees by Kim Flottum is $10, too. I've read neither.
 

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These all might be excellent books, but to stay within budget, we're looking for something we can purchase in bulk for about 10 bucks.
The first link is a free download. The second is for a printed hard copy.

My club has used this for BeeSchool: http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/agrs93.pdf

We purchase printed copies, which are available for $7.50 each:
http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.a...ping&offset=30
Just saying.

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For anyone interested - Dr Tew has two "introductory" type books. Beekeeping Principals Published 2001 by The Walter T Kelley Co and Backyard Beekeeping available as a PDF from the Alabama Cooperative Education System.
 

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A month is not a long time to wait. wait with patience like me and you will get the better result.
 
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