School is back in session and before you know it, fall will be here. A favorite fall theme I like to teach in the fall is apples. There are so many fun apple books for the classroom that can be used for literacy, math, and science! If you are planning an apple theme this fall season, be sure to check out these titles.
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Favorite Apple Books
Below you will find some of our favorite apple-themed books for the classroom. There are a mixture of fiction and nonfiction titles listed. What are some of your favorite apple-themed books? We read these the week we explored apples with our five senses.
Bad Apple by Edward Hemingway is a fun fiction book that addresses the reality of name calling. Mac, an apple meets Will, a worm, and they become good friends. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first Mac doesn’t know what to do, but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without him. This book is filled with fun apple puns, and makes for a great read aloud.
How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World
The book How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman has been a long-time favorite of mine. Maybe because it reminds me of the days I traveled abroad. In this story, the author takes readers around the world to gather the ingredients needed to make an apple pie. There is even a simple apple pie recipe at the end of the story.
Applesauce Day by Lisa Amstutz is a fun story to read if you plan to make homemade applesauce in your classroom. In this story, Maria and her family visit an apple orchard to pick apples. They plan to use the apples to make applesauce. Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. In this story, you will get to follow the process of making delicious applesauce!
Apple Farmer Annie
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington is a story about an apple farmer named Annie. We follow Annie through the process of picking and sorting her apples. The reader learns all of the ways that Annie uses the apples. My favorite part of the book is when we learn about how Annie takes some of her apples to the farmer’s market. I feel like many of my students can make a connection to this story.
An Apple’s Life (Watch it Grow)
An Apple’s Life (Watch it Grow) by Nancy Dickmann is a great easy reader with great photographs that explain the apple life cycle. My kindergarten class loves this book because it is simple, yet has great information. If you have young readers, this is a great apple book to add to your classroom library.
Apples For Everyone
Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum is a great informational book with amazing photographs. This book takes you through a photo walk of the life cycle, harvest, and traditions that revolve around apples. This book is a great reference book to use with your students.
One Green Apple
Even Bunting has done it again with an amazing book called One Green Apple. In this story, Farah feels alone because she is new to the country and does not know the language. She takes a field trip to an apple orchard with her classmates and discovers that many of the same sounds that she is familiar with at her new home are the same as her original home. These familiar sounds help her build connections with her new classmates. This is a must-have for your classroom library.
Our Apple Tree
The book Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund is another title that is great for teaching about the life cycle of an apple tree. The great thing about this book is that not only are you learning about the apple tree life cycle, but you are also learning about other creatures that depend on an apple tree.
There you have it! A few of our favorite apple books that we keep in our classroom library.