No matter how you ‘slice’ it, these apple books for kids are so inviting! They will introduce children into the life cycle of an apple tree, making applesauce, and even give some solid friendship advice. You can find more amazing books for a whole host of themes in our list of the best preschool books.
Apple Books for Kids
Crunchy and tangy, these apple books for kids are going to make you hungry and ready for the fall season! Apples are a fun back-to-school theme with an abundance of books about apples for preschool and endless opportunities for STEM, cooking, counting, and of course, reading!
Add some apple lacing and apple color sorting to make your apple theme even more memorable. And don’t forget the apple songs, perfect for circle time!
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Fiction Apple Books for Kids
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
This book is a must-have for your apple theme! With its clever take on acquiring the ingredients needed to make an apple pie, the reader embarks on a journey to multiple places as you pick up all the necessary ingredients to make the most delicious apple pie. Head to Sri Lanka for the freshest cinnamon and peel off some bark from kurundu tree. Grab some sugarcane from the fields of Jamaica. Don’t forget to pick your apples in Vermont! This book also includes an easy-to-follow apple pie recipe at the end so your students can connect with where many ingredients come from and make their own from scratch!
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish
Join Amelia Bedelia on her adventure to pick up some fresh apples for her grandmother’s delicious homemade apple pie! Amelia learns about the tart and tangy flavor of the famous Granny Smith apples and many other tasty apple varieties. After a day in the kitchen with grandma, trouble happens as the birds devour the apple pie sitting on the outside windowsill. Will there be any pie left for the family? Amelia’s funny antics and silly humor make this a fun read for any apple theme!
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Time for a beautiful autumn day, picking apples with the bunny family! Farmer Miller takes the family on a trip through the orchard as he explains how to pick the apples, how the seeds grow, and of course a tractor ride! Plus this book includes a very special applesauce recipe to make at home or school. The illustrations in this book are so calming and endearing, it will quickly become a favorite book about apples for preschool this fall!
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Annie is quite the farmer! She not only grows and tends to her apple trees, but she uses the apples to make lots of apple treats, including muffins, cider, cakes, and pies. There are so many details in the illustrations that will have your child searching for numbers and shapes, as well as, counting the many types of tasty treats available at the seasonal farmer’s market!
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Follow the life cycle of an apple tree, in this book with simple and captivating illustrations. This book celebrates the beauty and changes of the apple tree and the excitement that awaits us when it is finally the season to pick those lovely apples! With factual information about the apple tree cycle and fun characters to learn alongside, this book is such a treat.
Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples! by Victoria Kann
With a sweet story about picking apples (Pink Lady apples to be specific), spending time as a family, and finding ways to share with others, this one is for sure a favorite among the apple books for kids. The tale brings us to the apple orchards where Pinkalicious and her family pick lots of apples, perhaps too many! After loading them up in her wagon, it was clear that they had collected more apples than they could eat. So in a giving spirit, they began to share them with friends all over the neighborhood. A great book to start the conversation of giving and sharing.
Secrets of the Apple Picking Tree by Carron Brown
This delightful book is so unique and interesting that young children beg to read and shine their light over and over. Designed so that a flashlight shines through the back of the page to illuminate the hidden picture, this storybook captures the magic of the apple tree. From the animals that live in the tree all the way down to the worms that help it grow, this book is a true pleasure!
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway
We all know that apples and worms don’t have the best relationship. However, this is a story of an apple named Mac who beats the odds and befriends a worm named Will. Despite their differences, Mac and Will become best of friends and do everything together. It doesn’t take long for his ‘friends’ to start calling them names and bullying them. Mac and Will learn how to stand up for themselves and pay attention to what really matters – true friendship. We love books that celebrate friendship – see more of them in our list of friendship books!
Apple Countdown by Joan Holub
Infuse some extra counting practice with this adorable preschool apple book! Count backward from 20 to 1 as the children head off on their apple picking field trip. Plus, the lively characters bring math to life as the author includes simple addition such as, “Fourteen cows! Moo! Moo! That’s twelve plus two!” Plus, there are additional apple facts sprinkled throughout the book and on the inside cover.
Applesauce Day by Lisa J. Amstutz
Join Grandma and the family as they head out on an apple-picking adventure! Time to fill up the basket and head home to make Grandma’s applesauce recipe in the special family applesauce pot. Soon after, everyone pitches in and are soon enjoying tasty and warm homemade applesauce. This is the perfect book to introduce experimenting in the kitchen and following a recipe.
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
You found it! The most catchy and fun apple counting book you’ll ever see, perfect for teaching beginning number sense. It has such an engaging catchphrase: “one red apple hanging on the tree, yippee, fiddle-dee, fee!” Go on a rhyming and counting adventure and invite your little ones to sing along as you collect ten red apples. The illustrations in the book are so unique and reminiscent of wooden peg dolls and farm animals. A truly fun story for your apple theme!
Informational Books About Apples
Hello, World! How Do Apples Grow? by Jill McDonald
A perfect introduction to the apple and seed life cycle for your youngest learners. A great book to use alongside an apple taste test or an apple science experiment. This colorful and inviting book simplifies the parts of an apple, how apple trees grow, and how the apples get from the farm to the store. This book about apples is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers alike!
Apples by Gail Gibbons
If you are looking to learn just about everything there is to know about apples, well this book hits the mark! Did you know that each year about 25 million bushels (about 42 pounds) of apples are grown in the United States? With a little bit of trivia and a little bit of history, this apple book is full of interesting information and keeps the reader engaged with colorful illustrations and fun facts.
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons does it again with her interesting and fact-filled books. Arnold absolutely loves being outside and hanging with his special apple tree. No matter the season, he always finds something fun to do like building a snow fort around the bottom of the apple tree or watching the bees collect nectar from the tree’s beautiful blossoms. After that, he’s ready to make apple pie and apple cider when the apples begin to fall to the ground. This book shows the wonder of this tree as it makes its way through the seasons and encourages young children to experience how remarkable nature really is.
Apples, Apples Everywhere: Learning about Autumn Harvests by Robin Koontz
Learn all about harvest time with this colorful and informative book! Join the apple farmers as they pick and store the apples for all sorts of tasty treats. Did you know that some worms love to make their home inside the apple and eat the fruit and seeds? Or that an apple will rot faster if it gets dropped and bruised? So many fun facts you can learn from apple books for kids!
An Apple’s Life (Watch it Grow) by Nancy Dickmann
With photographs and 1-2 simple sentences per page, this nonfiction book is a great way to learn about what apples look like, how the apple tree changes and grows throughout the season, and how this amazing life cycle starts all over again! Additionally, this book is ideal for a beginning reader to build confidence and learn new facts about apples!
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
For a more advanced dive into how apples grow, this book is ideal for your older readers. Learn about the male and female parts of the apple blossom, how the apple trees fertilize each year to produce apples, and how bees have a big job to do as they transfer pollen from one blossom to another.
Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
This book is all about the photographs! Stunning photos of apple fields, apple bushels full to the brim, and right down to the many types of apples that we love to eat. Such a colorful and inviting way to learn about a favorite fruit!
Check out our other book lists below for even more great book ideas, or check out our entire list of best preschool books!
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