Fall is nigh! One of the sure signs that the season is upon us is that the world is filled with all things apples! I love crispy, crunchy apples, but I do not like apples that have been cooked. My husband and my children think that I am very strange for that, but I just associate apples with a crunch, so eating them soft is unappealing to me! I can, however, bake a mean apple pie!
Yummy fall desserts aside, I decided to compile a list of great apple themed books and activities because fun unit studies are always awesome!
PLUS there is a FREEBIE for you as well!
Let’s get started checking out some books, shall we?
Apple Themed Books to Enjoy
This is a go to for me nearly every year. There are countless versions of Johnny Appleseed’s story available, but we tend to always come back to this one. I adore the illustrations. They are eye catching without being overly cartoonish. Great rendition of this classic legend.
Who doesn’t love Nancy Clancy and her flare for the fabulous?? In this book from the bestselling series, Nancy goes on a field trip to the apple orchard with her class determined to find her father’s favorite apple (that sounds very fancy to her!), a gala! This would make a fun read, especially if you or your child’s school is planning a trip to a local orchard.
One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
This book takes a journey through an apple’s life cycle, following an apple from the tree into the market to be purchased. From there, you will watch how that one purchase of a fruit turns into a seed and moves through the stages to become another brand new apple!
This is a classic Caldecott Honor book that is written in a fun, whimsical verse. It stands the test of time and any child will surely delight in the silly illustrations and text.
Apples by Gail Gibbons
I love Gail Gibbons’ picture books. They are always provide lots of small snippets of factual information nestled in to the bright pictures. They are great for young children who may not have long attention spans, but will still absorb information if presented to them in a way that engages them.
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
As part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series, this volume takes a look at how when you are eating the fruit, you are actually eating a part of a flower!
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss, the fantastic wordsmith, penned this classic under his pseudonym, Theo LeSieg. It’s a classic that most children will read while they are younger and is worthy of pulling out again and again, year after year.
Take a trip to the apple orchard to learn how apples are picked, stored, and how to choose the best type for eating! Understated illustrations make this a relaxing, but informative read.
Apple Picking Day! by Candice Ransom
This is a fun rhyming book for beginning readers featuring a pair of siblings who take their annual trip to the apple orchard.
Travel through all four seasons with two sisters and watch the apple tree as it rests in the winter, bare and brown, and then as its branches bloom full of blossoms, preparing to bear the juicy fruit so they can bake a pie!
Not only will this book give you a lesson and how to contruct and bake an apple pie, but it will provide a fun geographical study. Travel to several countries as a little girl seeks out each ingredient that she needs to bake her seasonal dessert!
Another factual journey through how apples are grown, this book also provides great trivia to store away and even has a few recipes to try out!
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
I absolutely adore this tale, modeled after the classic “The House that Jack Built.” It takes a backwards glance at how a pie was lovingly created just for a sweet, young girl by her papa.
Annie the Apple Pie Fairy by Thomas Nelson
Seriously, how cute is this little pixie?? Annie is the star of her very own pie baking television show, but when a new fairy becomes a star with a similar production, will Annie be able to curb her jealousy and help when it is needed?
Apple Picking Time by Michele Bernoit Slawson
Based on the author’s own childhood experiences, this book shows how an entire town halts their activities to help harvest the season’s apples. I love the deep sense of community amongst neighbors and family in this story. Teamwork is essential to finish the job well.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish
These newer picture book tales about the beloved Amelia Bedelia as a child are really delightful. She still has her sense of topsy turviness, but all wrapped up in the lovable nature of children. Read as she discovers that Granny Smith is not a real person and other silly mishaps as she bakes alongside her own grandmother.
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains by Deborah Hopkinson
If that longwinded title doesn’t intrigue you to crack open the covers of this book, then I don’t know what will! When a man is preparing to hitch up his wagons and move his family across the country, he is distressed to think of leaving behind his precious apple trees! Whatever is a pioneer to do? Why, load them trees up too! A fun tall tale to add to your reading list that is very (very!) loosely based on a real person from our past.
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
We have a local orchard that has the most delicious apple cider, including apple cider slushies! It’s a treat that we all look forward to year after year. This book coincides nicely with that as this farm prepares for a cider-filled apple festival! Apple cider doughnuts? Yes, please!
Secrets of the Apple Tree: A Shine a Light Book by Carron Brown
If you love interactive books, then this is one to definitely snag! Break out a flashlight and check out a surprise on every page that is only revealed with the light! You’ll learn all about the secrets that lie within and around the apple tree!
Learn all about various things we can do with apples from yummy cider to delicious pie! Take a trip to an apple orchard too!
Now that your library list is full of great books to check out for the season, how about you snag this fabulous (and free!) apple exploration workbook to go along with it?
Ten pages of apple fun! Engage the senses, learn about apple parts, and more!
Whether you want to use it as a base for a full on apple themed unit study or just add an easy and fun supplement to your child’s other learning, this workbook will fit right in!
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