Is there anything better than fresh-picked apples?
Well, maybe visiting an orchard to pick them yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labor (see what I did there?) when you’re pleasantly tired and the September sun is warming your face.
Oh, and books. Of course. Books about apples to get your kiddos excited about the harvest and the coming of autumn.
The best picture books about apples
This is one of my all-time favorite apple books because of it’s lovely illustrations. Check out the awesome Story Time I put together for it and have some apple fun this fall.
We love this one for its sense of community–a whole town gathers together to pick the apple harvest before it spoils in this beautiful book.
This one is cool because it walks you through the whole process of making and selling cider through they eyes of a brother and sister. There’s a sense of community here, too. The whole extended family gathers at Grandpa’s farm to pick the apples and make the cider. Definitely a fall win.
Bright and colorful, The Apple Pie Tree is another tribute to the life cycle of an apple tree all the way down to the pie. Yum.
This rhyming book is perfect for getting younger kids excited about the fall harvest. A family visits an orchard to pick apples and has a picnic afterwards. It would pair wonderfully with an orchard field trip.
Tucker’s class goes on an orchard field trip and he promises to bring home apples for a pie. But the farmer’s tractor is so cool, and his friends need help, and suddenly it’s time to go and Tucker has no apples. We love the illustrations in this one, but we love the way Tucker’s friends help him even more.
This very cool book tells the story of Mr. Tiffin’s class trip to the apple orchard. They learn all about the harvest, cider-making, and the different varieties of apples while trying to solve a riddle given to them by Mr. Tiffin. And the riddle is cool, too.
This book is a perfect introduction to a pumpkin patch or orchard visit for littles. And if you’re as lucky as we are, there’s a farm nearby that offers both in the same field trip like in the book. Your kids will love this story of a little girl who goes with her parents to pick apples and choose a pumpkin then goes home to carve a jack-o-lantern.
This one is just funny as Hedgehog and her friends try to unstick an apple from her spines. Hint: she ends up with more than just the apple stuck on her back. Hilarious and sweet.
This super informative book tells how apples came to North America, where they grow and how they’re used, plus how to plant and care for an apple tree.
A very in-depth look at apple trees through the seasons with wonderful illustrations. It’s a great supplement to a science curriculum.
This beautiful life cycle book takes your kids from growing fruit to market to picnic to seed and on to another tree. Better still, it’s told through the eyes of children so it’s relatable and informative.
No guesswork here! This is a story about apples going from the trees to the cider mill. It’s told in wonderful rhyme by a young girl who is visiting the cider mill with her mama.
Oh me. Oh my. This sweet story will give you a toothache. Little Lizzy loves her apple tree. It has been her friend through all seasons. She’s nervous about the first day of school, so she picks her favorite apple and makes it into a doll to keep her company. When her sister tells her the doll won’t last forever, she’s heartbroken until her mama shows her how to turn it into a real apple doll. The best part? The doll helps Lizzy make friends at school despite her shyness. Love, love, love this story.
Here’s your city apple book–A family buys apples from the city market and makes applesauce. Perfect for those of you who don’t live in the sticks like I do and have no desire to visit them but still want to celebrate the coming of fall.
This one’s beautiful, too. An apple tree planted by Alfred’s mother when he was a baby grows up with Alfred, his children, and his grandchildren. A wonderful reminder of what trees can (and should) mean to us.
This sweet story about a city mouse and a country mouse trying to find the biggest apple for a classroom competition ends with the boys working together. Too cute!
My heart stays with the Giving Tree, the mother of all mothers. If I have to tell you what this one is about, you live under a rock. Check out the very cool activities in The Giving Tree’s Story Time.
Told in building verse like The House that Jack Built (which comes with its own kind of fun), this is the story of a father making a treat for his daughter. The folk-style illustrations are the real treat here.
A list of ‘where’ questions and an outlandish story will have your kids cackling at the mystery of this stolen pie.
Another orchard-visit life-cycle book with beautiful illustrations, this one also includes recipes and fun trivia.
This short, poetic chapter book is a quick read for older kids that will put them in the mood for apples and also help them understand loss. Every year at applesauce making time, Uncle Arthur and Aunt Lucy come to visit siblings Faith and Peter. This year, for the first time, Uncle Arthur comes alone. Everything has changed, but love, patience, and applesauce help the family heal. We love the black and white illustrations that accompany the lyrical text.
As I write this, I have apples boiling on the stove for apple juice. It’s a cool morning, and yesterday the geese came back to the pond. I know autumn is officially a month away, but right now it feels like it’s right beside me.
Grab some of these books, cuddle up with your kiddos, and get ready for the best season of the year.
Just make sure you have apples handy.
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