The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the apples are growing! What better way to celebrate this glorious season than by reading books on apples? There are numerous books available, but be sure to take advantage of these kindergarten favorites. Here are some great suggestions on books your students will love regarding everyone’s favorite fruit!
Apples, by Gail Gibbons
This is a wonderful book to teach children all they need to know about apples. Children will learn the fascinating history of apples, along with details about apples themselves, and information on how they grow.
Apples, Apples, Apples, by Nancy Wallace
This cute story follows a family of bunnies on their visit to an apple orchard. Information about culture, and basic scientific details about apples are presented, and the book ends with an applesauce recipe and fun apple tidbits.
How Do Apples Grow?, by Betsy Maestro
Another book on the cycle of the apple tree, “How Do Apples Grow?” starts in winter, and explains the details of the growth of apples from flower to fruit. Complete with labeled, watercolor illustrations of various parts of the apple, this is a fun, this is a great find if you are looking to really talk about apples!
Johnny Appleseed, by Jodie Shepherd
A classic tale of American folklore, the story of Johnny Appleseed is sure to be a hit. Kids will enjoy hearing about the life of this legend who wore a pan as a hat and walked barefoot while distributing apple seeds as he traveled across the country. They will also learn about his great character!
Ten Apples Up On Top!, by Dr. Seuss
If it’s by Dr. Seuss, it’s sure to be a hit. Not your typical book on apples, this is just a fun read aloud from the rhyming wonder. Listeners will follow the story of animals that balance apples on their heads, and all the interesting things they can do while doing so, with the challenge of someone trying to knock the fruit from their head! It’s sure to results in laughs and giggles.
Apples, Apples Everywhere!: Learning About Apple Harvests, by Robin Koontz
Take another trip to the apple orchard with this delightful book. Your students can learn about how apples are picked and stored, as well as all the delicious and fun uses that exist for this fun fruit.
Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons), by Jill Esbaum
This book is all about the pictures! The minimal text in this educates, but the true stars of this title are the colorful, rich photographs. Children will see bright apples, and various pictures from the orchard, along with their presence in pies and other apple goodies. Both children and adults will appreciate the beauty on the pages of this wonderful apple book. This is a must have for your apple book collection!
Apple Picking Time, by Michele B. Slawson
A heartwarming tale about the apple harvest, this tells of a girl, Anna, who has a big, self-delegated task ahead of her: filling the apple bin by herself! Children will listen closely to find out, while learning the importance of family and community.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie, by Herman Parish
The silly antics of the title character is sure to entertain younger students. What crazy thing will Amelia Bedelia do next? They’ll sit and listen in anticipation as she mixes up phrases and words, thinking they mean something different than what they’re supposed to. This particular title follows Amelia in an autumn-themed book, as she makes an apple pie with her grandmother.
The Apple Pie Tree, by Zoe Hall
With this book, your students will hear the story of two sisters, and the effects of the seasons on their backyard apple tree. They’ll see how the tree is beneficial to people and other creatures, along with watching the changes it experiences throughout the year. Much like other apple books, this includes further information on pollination, to make it a complete lesson that will be both educational and fun for your students!
Fall Apples: Crisp and Juicy, by Martha E. H. Rustad
One of the books in the Cloverleaf Book: Fall’s Here! series, this may be a good choice if you’re looking to do a whole fall theme. The other books in this series focus on leaves, pumpkins, and animals of the season. Kids will learn the basics of apples, and what people use them for, through a fun-filled story involving a girl and her brother.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, by Edward Hemingway
One of the different apple books that is out there, this book uses the cute characters of an apple and a worm to illustrate a beautiful story of friendship between two surprising characters. It also touches on that oh-so-sensitive subject of bullies, in a way suitable for young children. What a great way to teach a good lesson on how to treat others, while teaching a themed unit on apples!
There you have it; educational, serious, funny, and touching, you’ll have your pick of apple books to choose from. These books are all wonderful ways to supplement your fall lesson plans.
If you are looking for some resources to pair with these amazing apple books, check out the following printable activities:
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