Fall — my favorite season of them all. As soon as back-to-school time hits, I start planning for fall. I pull out all of the fall clothes, buy some plaid shirts, pin some apple recipes on Pinterest and start googling when the apple orchards open so we can go apple picking. Because I plan to go apple picking in a few weeks, I decided to start reading my son books about apples so he has some basic knowledge about apples before we go picking this year. Even I can learn a thing or two about them as well.
Listed below are the books I hand-picked so you and your children can read a bushel of books about apples and get into the fall spirit. They are appropriate for preschoolers through fifth graders. I was able to find most of them at my local public library.
Apple Books for Babies
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington.
Filled with bright colors and pictures of apples, the story follows Annie through her days as she picks, sorts, counts, bakes and sells apple treats including muffins, cakes, pies and apple sauce.
Apples, Apples by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Apple-picking season is here! Let’s grab a basket and head to the orchard. Whole or sliced, baked or juiced — everyone loves apples!
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it
Apple Books for Preschoolers
Apples, Apples, Apples Nancy Wallace
Members of the Rabbit family visit an apple orchard, where they have fun picking apples and discovering their many uses. The book includes a recipe for applesauce, directions for a craft activity and sayings about apples, too.
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
This book invites the reader to tap, rub, touch and wiggle the illustrations that make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit and lose its leaves.
Curious George Apple Harvest by H.A. Rey
George helps with the harvest, and discovers that making cider can be even more exciting than picking apples.
We are big Curious George fans in our house, so this one is a must-read.
Up, Up. Up! It’s Apple-Picking Time by Jody Fikes Shapiro Illustrated by Kitty Harvill
Myles and his family go to his grandparents’ apple ranch where they have a wonderful time picking and selling apples together.
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson. Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein.
In an urban setting, this is a story of how a family gets together to cook apples for applesauce. This book includes a recipe for applesauce aimed at helping you create your own traditions.
Apple Books for School Age Kids
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg (Dr. Seuss) Illustrated by Roy McKie
When a lion, a dog and a tiger meet up, they soon discover that they can each do different things while balancing apples on their heads.
Perfect for beginning readers. My son recently learned to read, and this book isn’t too easy, but isn’t too hard for him either.
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Ted Lewin.
While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.
This read is great for teachers and homeschoolers as well for any parent who wants to teach your children about diversity.
The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara
When students in Mr. Tiffin’s class are invited to solve a riddle during a field trip to an apple orchard, Tara’s daydreams may lead the class to the answer.
The Apple Orchard Riddle teaches children about how apples are harvested, how cider is made and about different varieties of apples.
Johnny Appleseed: The Grand Old Man of the Forest by Margaret Benjamin
This apple-loving book examines the life and accomplishments of John Chapman, more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed.
Kid’s Apple Cookbooks
Step-by-step instructions on how to make the easy and tasty recipes like crispy apple chips and sassy apple salsa make up the bulk of this book. It also includes measuring guides and tools and ingredients lists to help enhance early learning.
Do you have a favorite apple book? Share it in the comments!
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