Autumn will be here before you know it which means it’s time to pull together your fall picture books! There are lots of lovely picture books about apples that are perfect for this time of year. Here are our top 10.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
If you want to make an apple pie, you just have to go to the market! But if the market is closed, you just might need to travel the world collecting ingredients. This adorable book follows a little girl as she gathers wheat in Italy, collects some eggs in France, finds cinnamon from Sri Lanka, and picks apples in Vermont. There’s even a recipe at the back so you can bake your very own pie.
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
When the leaves on the trees start to turn yellow and orange, it’s time to go apple and pumpkin picking! Go on an autumn adventure with a cute little girl and her family as they pick the best apples and pumpkins on a farm, carve a pumpkin, and go trick or treating on Halloween. This sturdy board book is perfect for little hands.
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
This hilarious counting story depicts an apple-balancing contest between a dog, a tiger, and a lion. Will any of them be able to get to ten before the inevitable crash? This is the kind of book your preschoolers will beg to hear over and over again.
The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki
“Many years ago when America was a new country there lived a brave and gentle man named Johnny Appleseed. John loved the out-of-doors. He would walk for miles in the woods among the trees and the flowers, happy and alone in his thoughts.” So begins this classic tale of an American legend. Aliki’s charming illustrations pair beautifully with this simple introduction to Johnny Appleseed.
Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson
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. But the trail is cruel. First there’s a river to cross that’s wider than Texas, and then there are hailstones as big as plums. There’s even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries Luckily Delicious, the apple of her Daddy’s eye, is strong. She won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil. Loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer, this humorous tall tale will surely put a smile on your face.
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
This is a slightly more complex depiction of the life of John Chapman told in verse form. The illustrations painted by Kathy Jackobsen add a lovely fall feel. It’s amazing to think that this one man’s legacy of distributing apple seeds and trees is still being enjoyed by many of us today!
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
In classic Gail Gibbons style with bright illustrations and simple text, this book shows how an apple tree changes through all four seasons, as witnessed by the child who loves it. Arnold collects apple blossoms in spring, builds a treehouse in summer, makes apple pie and cider in the fall, and hangs strings of popcorn and berries for the birds in winter, among other seasonal activities. The book ends with a recipe for apple pie and a description of how an apple cider press works. (Apples by the same author tells the history of the apple and would be another great addition to your fall bookstack.)
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
“Annie is an apple farmer. She has a big orchard of apple trees. In the fall she picks baskets and baskets of round, ripe apples.” With its simple text and bold, colorful illustrations, this is the perfect introduction to apple picking for your littlest children.
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Readers have been enjoying this entertaining look at the life of Johnny Appleseed for generations. A classic American tall tale.
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
Part of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science Series, this book will teach your children all about the life cycle of an apple tree from dormancy, to buds, to leaves, to flowers, to fruit.
Looking for more apple resources for your homeschool? Check out our Free Printable Apple Study!
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