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As you begin fleshing out your apple-themed activities this fall, be sure to select one or more apple preschool books to round out your unit.
No fall preschool plan is complete without a focus on apples. These apple picture books are a great way to celebrate all things apple during the autumn months.
Apple Preschool Books
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of apple preschool books that will help your preschoolers celebrate apples this fall.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
My Little Golden Book About Johnny Appleseed – In this simple yet lively book, preschoolers will be introduced to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Lyrical text and bright, appealing artwork capture the essence of this important American.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship – When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms…
Let’s Go Apple Picking! – From enjoying a bumpy hayride to choosing the very best apples to petting cute farm animals, this is one special day! And it’s a perfect book to share with your preschooler before heading out on your own apple-picking adventure!
The Very Helpful Hedgehog – Isaac is a hedgehog who has only ever been alone – and that is the way he likes it. One day an apple falls from a tree and sticks onto the spines on his back. He wiggles and jiggles, but he cannot get it off. As he struggles to remove the apple, help comes in the unexpected form of a donkey who cannot reach the apples which fall outside of his paddock.
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie – Amelia Bedelia loves everything about autumn: the red and yellow leaves, the jolly orange pumpkins, and most of all, the apples ripe for picking! In this third installment of the nationally best-selling series, young Amelia Bedelia gets into the spirit of the fall season and bakes her very first apple pie with Grandma.
Ten Red Apples – Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. “Save one for me,” calls the farmer. But what about the farmer’s wife?
Apples for Little Fox – Fox loves to read mysteries—he wants to be a detective someday! He goes to the library every morning and collects delicious apples to eat on his way home. But one day, all the apples are missing! What could have happened to them?
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman – Why should we remember Johnny Appleseed today—more than two hundred years after he was born—and call him a hero? Why are the life and lessons of John Appleseed relevant to kids now?
Apple Cake: A Gratitude – With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them—the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.
This is My Apple – The heroes in the fairy tale This Is My Apple! teach us to be kind to each other, not to be greedy, and to share with friends.
Apple Picking Time – In the rich, warm colors of autumn, here’s a slice of American history as we watch Anna and her extended family help with the town’s traditional fall apple harvest.
Our Apple Tree – Here’s a whimsical and very useful look at the life cycle of the apple tree. With two helpful tree sprites as guides, readers travel from spring, when the apple tree blossoms, through summer, when the fruit grows, to fall and the harvest.
One Green Apple – Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home…
3 in 1: A Picture of God – 3 in 1: A Picture of God uses the analogy of an apple to explain to children the Triune God. Simple terms and illustrations help teach children how God the Father creates and protects them, how God the Son saves, and how God the Holy Spirit plants faith in their hearts and causes it to grow.
The Apple Orchard Riddle – Students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards—including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are—while trying to solve a riddle.
Which of these books about apples will you read first?
Let’s Track What You’re Reading!
It’s fun to track what you read to your preschoolers throughout the school year. It’s even more fun to have your preschoolers track the books they enjoyed.
Parents and teachers can use the Reading Tracker to record the titles of each book they read as well as the date and number of pages.
Children can use the My Book Review page to track the books they listen to and then color a face to show whether they liked each book or not.
If you track what you read, you’ll be amazed at how many books you read each day and month!
RESOURCES I LOVE
Everyone loves an apple. Yum. Dig right into the core of the apple with this interactive felt labeling set. There are labels for the inside and outside including ones to show what happens to the flower during the apple life cycle.
Practice counting apples with this fun apple counting baskets felt board set. Children will love placing the correct number of apples in baskets. They’ll learn to recognize numerals, number words and counting to five.