The Best Apple Books for Kids + Fun Learning Activities
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Inside: The Best Apple Books for Kids + Fun Learning Activities
September brings feelings of a new beginnings and the promise of fall. With the school year starting, we can’t help but think of bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils and that wonderful, seasonal fall fruit: The Apple.
What better way to usher in the season than with some fun apple books and activities?
There are so many options when it comes to apple-themed books, but we have a handful of favorites that offer variety for the topic. Let’s investigate The Best Apple Books for Kids + Fun Learning Activities.
Tall Tales with a Learning Twist
These tall tale books are delightful stories based on real-life events and people. They’re a little history with a side of silly.
The larger-than-life story of a true American hero, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed.More info →
In this Johnny Appleseed book rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, who spread apple seeds and trees across the Midwest.More info →
Apples to Oregon
Apples, ho! When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can't bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too.More info →
- Follow the characters’ travels on a map.
- Compare planting seeds with planting seedlings.
- Find and read of other famous tales that include apples (fairy tales, folk tales, etc).
Books To Make you Hungry
These apple books walk through the process of making apple pie in fun, engaging ways. Each has a slightly different twist, and are delightful read-alouds.
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
Similar to The House That Jack Built. A sweet repetitive rhythm will captivate children in a story about apple pie, from harvest to snack.More info →
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World: An apple pie is easy to make…if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store.More info →
One Green Apple
One Green Apple is about recent immigrant, Farah. On a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home.More info →
Apple Farmer Annie
Apple cider, applesauce, apple muffins, cakes, and pies! Annie is a very busy apple farmer. She bakes yummy treats with the apples she picks and saves her best apples to sell at the market.More info →
Apple Cake: A Gratitude
Apple Cake: A Gratitude: In this simple rhyming story, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow.More info →
- Bake an apple pie together (or a different apple dessert).
- Read the original poem that inspired The Apple Pie that Papa Baked.
- Find on a world map the locations mentioned in How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.
Books About How Apples Grow
All of these books give simple but helpful information to learn about how apples grow throughout the year. Investigate the nature science behind the favorite fruit with these options.
A Tree Is a Plant
Did you know that a tree is the biggest plant that grows? How does a tree get the food it needs? What happens to trees in the winter? Read and find out about an apple tree's life cycle through every season.More info →
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
This book about nature and the changing seasons focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. In Gail Gibbons’s bright illustrations, Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a tree house in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities.More info →
How Do Apples Grow?
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!More info →
Apple trees grow in more parts of the world than any other fruit tree. From blossom to pollination to picking, here is information about how they grow, their various parts, and the different varieties. Instructions on how to plant and care for an apple tree are included.More info →
Apples, Apples Everywhere!
Apples, Apples Everywhere!: Autumn is apple harvest time. Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored.More info →
Apples: In this lively and vibrant book, young readers will learn how apples grow, from the planting of a tree, to the pollination of buds by bees, and on to the harvest.More info →
Apple: This book follows the journey of a bright red apple as it travels from tree to harvest to snack to compost and, finally, to sprout.More info →
The Apple Pie Tree
The Apple Pie Tree:Two young sisters follow the progress of their apple tree through the seasons, from a bare tree in the winter, through the pink blossoms of the spring, to the apple picking in the autumn.More info →
- Learn about the apple tree’s life cycle.
- Identify the parts of an apple.
- Cut open an apple and count the seeds.
Fun Apple Stories
The Apple Doll
The Apple Doll: Lizzy loves the big apple tree in her yard more than anything. So when the first day of school comes, she picks a beautiful apple, turns it into a makeshift doll she names Susanna, and takes it along to keep her company.More info →
Rain Makes Applesauce
Rain Makes Applesauce: A story-hour favorite since it was first published in 1964, this beloved read-aloud has been carefully remastered to bring back the rich, vivid details of its Caldecott Honor-winning artwork.
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Apple Picking Time
Apple Picking Time: A young girl and her family spend a fall day picking apples with others from their small town.More info →
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Orange Pear Apple Bear: Destined to become a contemporary classic, this book has spare text and sweet illustrations but contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear--and there.More info →
Apples and Robins
Apples and Robins: In this extraordinary book, one thing transforms into another as each page turns—a circle becomes an apple, an oval becomes a bird, winter becomes spring.More info →
Other Fun Activities
- Visit a nearby apple orchard.
- Create an apple-inspired yarn craft.
- Write an acrostic poem from the letters A-P-P-L-E.
- Taste test apple varieties to find favorites.
However you choose to celebrate Fall, be sure to include apples! It’s a great theme for introducing multiple learning topics and fun project ideas with children.
Share some of your family’s favorite apple projects in the comments!
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