School is back in session and fall is right around the corner. This is the perfect time to learn all about apples. Here are some great apple books for kids. This list includes both fiction and nonfiction titles.
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Apple Books for Kids
The Apple Orchard Riddle
by Margaret McNamara
Mr. Tiffin and his students from the perenially popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? are back in this picture book about a school trip to an apple orchard! In this playful, humorous, and child-friendly classroom story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards—including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are—while trying to solve a riddle. The book also celebrates how some children learn differently than others.
by Gail Gibbons
Apples are one of the most popular fruits around, and apple trees grow in more parts of the world than any other fruit tree. Learn all about this fantastic fruit and how people use it in this brightly-illustrated picture book. You can find a book companion for this story here.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie
by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about autumn: the colorful trees, jumping in the leaves, apples, warm apple pie, and fun family projects. Amelia Bedelia can’t wait. What could be better? Autumn! Hooray for apples and fall!
Apples for Everyone
by Jill Esbaum
Apples! The very word conjures up images of fall: ripe red apples falling off the tree as the leaves begin their glorious extravaganza of color change; baskets of gathered fruits at the foot of laddered orchards; the rich aroma of an apple-pie cooling. As school starts again, an apple for the teacher is a time-honored tradition. Apples are coated in candy or caramel to celebrate the end-of-year holidays. They are crushed into cider to keep us warm around a fire as summer slips away and the first hint of frost chills the darkening nights. In this beautifully produced book, apples are more than just fruit, they are iconic of everything fall.
Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples!
by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious and the Pinkertons are all excited when they return from their trip to the orchard with lots of Pink Lady apples to munch on! After realizing they have more apples than the family could possibly use, Pinkalicious finds ways to share the apples with others.
An Apple’s Life
by Nancy Dickmann
Before you go apple picking, read this book to find out how apples are created. From seed to seedling, tree to blossom, flower to fruit, the life cycle of an apple is beautiful to see. This title shows the reader how an apple begins life, grows, and reproduces.
Ready, Freddy! Apple Orchard Race
by Abby Klein
Freddy Thresher’s first-grade class is taking a field trip to the local apple orchard. Best of all, whoever finds the hidden wooden apples among the real fruit will win $5! But can Freddy get to the prize before Max cheats his way to winning? You can find a book companion for this story here.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman
An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don’t forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.
How Do Apples Grow?
by Betsy Maestro
Have you ever eaten part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit–ready for you to pick!
by Lisa J. Amstutz
Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it’s time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!
An Apple Tree’s Life Cycle
by Mary R Dunn
The process of a new life starting is fascinating! Watch an apple tree grow from a seed to a fruit-bearing tree. Young readers will learn about the stages in an apple tree’s life, as well as it’s appearance. The life cycle of an apple tree is a beautiful thing to see!
One Green Apple
by Eve Bunting
Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship
by Edward Hemingway
When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first, Mac doesn’t know what to do—it’s never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without. You can find a book companion for this book here.
by Jerry Pallotta
Author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Rob Bolster use a variety of different apples to teach kids all about fractions in this innovative and enjoyable book. Playful elves demonstrate how to divide apples into halves, thirds, fourths, and more. Young readers will also learn about varieties of apples, including Golden and Red Delicious, Granny Smiths, Cortlands, and even Asian Pears.
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
by Lauren Thompson
The familiar cumulative tale “The House That Jack Built” receives a gentle, loving twist in this nostalgically illustrated story. The end is the beginning as a pigtailed girl introduces the apple pie “warm and sweet that Papa baked.”
by Jacqueline Farmer
Today, the average American consumes about sixty-five fresh apples each year. Where do so many apples come from? How do they grow? Jacqueline Farmer takes young readers on a field trip to the apple orchard to find out how apple growers turn seeds and seedlings into the many different varieties of America’s favorite fruit.
by Eden Ross Lipson
When the first apples of the season–Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold–show up in the city markets, it’s time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. A lovingly recounted description of a family’s applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste.
by Steven Kellogg
Johnny is a young boy who likes to play alone in the woods. He reads aloud to the wild animals, and talks to the beautiful stars shining in the sky. His friend, Mr. Crawford the orchard man, teaches him all about apples. When Johnny is a young man of 18, he leaves home to plant his own orchard. As the pioneers pass through on their way west, Johnny gives them food and shelter, and of course, a small bag of apple seeds.
Worried that the pioneers will forget to plant and care for their apple trees, Johnny gives his home to a poor woman with small children, and sets out to populate the world with his beloved trees. On the way he heals an injured wolf that becomes his constant companion as Johnny makes his dream a reality. Especially loved by animals, children, and Indians, Johnny does good deeds wherever he goes.
You can find links to all of these apple books on my Amazon page.
Do you have a favorite apple book that didn’t make the list? I’d love to check it out!
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