Reading Roundup: Books About Apples

September 20, 2013 in Teaching by Anna

Here is a list of ten books about apples! October is National Apple Month, but many of us think of apples in September. Maybe it’s because school has started and before we know it, fall is here too! It’s apple pickin’ time, so why not enjoy some books about apples? Here is a list of ten books about apples that I’ve compiled in no particular order. This post contains affiliate links.

If you enjoy this list, you can find more like them on this site, or check out this shorter list of five books about 9/11 or this one about Constitution Day. I’m happy to say that you can find a list of ten books about fall in a contribution post of mine on Mom Endeavors too!

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Ten Books About Apples

The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. Tiffin’s class is taking a field trip to the apple orchard to tour it with Farmer Hills. The class is a mix of characters who are eager to learn all about apples, but when Mr. Tiffin gives them a riddle to solve, they feel a little more pressure. As Farmer Hills walks the class through the orchard for apple picking, apple tasting, apple storing, apple pressing, and apple peeling, one student is so focused on the riddle, it appears that she isn’t absorbing much of the experience. But, will Tara be the one who solves the riddle before the class returns to the bus?

Apples and How They Grow by Laura Driscoll and Illustrated by Tammy Smith

As the title suggests, this book will teach an early reader all about how apples grow. It points out different kinds of apples and how trees can grow from apple seeds, but…it also shares that some of those trees may not grow apples! Can apple growers really trick the trees so they grow a certain type of apple?

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Children can count apples from 10 to 0 as the farmer watches his farm animals eat all the apples off his tree one at a time. He chases them off as he wants one for himself, but what happens when the farmer’s wife comes to an empty tree when she needs apples for baking? Young children may enjoy the repetition and animal noises throughout the story.

How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro and Illustrated by Giulio Maestro

From winter through fall, this book walks readers through the life cycle of an apple! It gets a bit scientific in the middle for younger readers, but it’s a great way to teach children how this fruit begins as a flower.

Russ and the Apple Tree Surprise by Janet Elizabeth Rickert and Photographs by Pete McGahan

All Russ wants in his backyard is a swingset, but instead he has an apple tree. His parents and grandparents spend a whole day trying everything they can to teach him how fun an apple tree can be, but the day’s not over with a slice of apple pie…His grandfather has a surprise for him. Will it be a swingset? (The author of this book is a member of the National Association for Down Syndrome, and the lead character in this book has Down Syndrome.)

Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell and Pictures by Joanne Friar

It’s a family affair on Grandpa’s Apple Farm as Alex and Abigail help the family pick, load, unload, sort, inspect, clean, dry, bag, chop, and press apples. The Apple Barn opens the next day and customers come from far and wide to buy all sorts of apple items, but today is the best because it’s time spent with family. (There’s a list of apple cider facts in the back of the book.)

Fluffy Goes Apple Picking by Kat McMullan and Illustrated by Mavis Smith

Fluffy, the classroom guinea pig loves apples and he’s overcome with joy when a student requests his attendance on a field trip to the apple orchard. Just after the teacher says it’s okay, the neighboring class sends their pet over to share Fluffy’s cage. Kiss eats Fluffy’s food and sleeps in Fluffy’s bed. Fluffy has a hard time sleeping and the next thing you know, he’s on a field trip with Kiss to the apple orchard, where only Kiss gets to eat apples. Fluffy can’t believe what’s going on! This isn’t the field trip of his dreams…Or is it?

A Visit to The Apple Orchard by Patricia J. Murphy

Readers can learn about picking apples, the apple orchard, and machines used at apple orchards. During a visit to the apple orchard, readers will see kids taste testing apples and buying all sorts of apple items. (This Pebble Plus book contains a short glossary of terms, a bonus reading list, and Internet sites related to the book.)

Up, Up, Up! It’s Apple-Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro and Illustrated by Kitty Harvill

Myles and Amber are sleepy as they drive to the family apple ranch with their parents. Shortly after greeting Grandma and Grandpa, the family starts picking apples. As each person picks a different type of apple, they enjoy the scents of the orchard and stop to have a taste. They enjoy some apple cider, apple juice, and apple pie before heading to bed. The next day, the family sells all sorts of apples to people on the road before heading home for more apple goodies and family time. (This book shares a recipe for baked apples.)

Apple Harvest by Calvin Harris

This book is full of simple text that teaches readers all about fall and apple harvesting. (This is another Pebble Plus book contains a short glossary, a related book list, and recommended Internet sites.)

What is your favorite kind of apple?