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18 Scrumptious Children's Books About Apples


Ten Red Apples

Ten delicious red apples hang from a tree waiting to be picked. One by one, farm animals stop by to snag a crunchy treat. The farmer begs for them to leave an apple for him, which they do. But what about an apple for the farmer's wife? An excellent book for preschoolers who can practice counting apples while putting their problem-solving skills to good use.


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Delicious Kids' Books About Apples

Apples are like candy growing from trees, but packed with nutrients and all-natural ingredients. There are lots of reasons why you should add some kids' books about apples to you child's bookshelf.  For one, picture books can help cultivate a love of this yummy, healthy fruit through stories about characters who eat lots of them. Here are some other kids' books about eating healthy that reinforce the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.

Children's books about apples often include a wide range of teaching opportunities, like counting, gardening, cooking, and nutrition. Lastly, these books are fun to read when apple-picking is in season, usually in September, in preparation for a family outing to an orchard. For more stories about food, add some silly kids' books about pickles, too!


Pinkalicious: Apples, Apples, Apples!

Pinkalicious and her family spend a delightful afternoon at the orchard picking the perfect apples- Pink Ladies, of course! Like many people who get carried away picking more fruit than they can consume, the Pinkertons find themselves with way too many apples. Not wanting any of them to go to waste, Pinkalicious finds a way to share their apple haul with others. For more stories about this bright girl, check out the rest of the  Pinkalicious books.


The Mouse's Apples

A resourceful, little mouse is proud of her foraging skills. She has managed to collect four juicy ripe apples just right for the tea she plans to make. Unfortunately, a big, hungry bear comes along and eyes the apples for his own enjoyment. Mouse must think quickly, and while she's no physical match for the bear, she wins him over with a trick and some kindness.



A highly informative, non-fiction children's book about apples. Kids will learn all about the history of apples, which have been in existence for about two million years! Readers will enjoy learning about how farmers take care of their apple trees and harvest the fruit. Several panels in feature apple varieties from all over the world. At the end, there is a delicious recipe for apple pie.




Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship

An inspiring story about friendship and standing up to bullies, told from the perspective of an unlikely pair. Mac is a firm, bright red apple without a single dent or flaw. His best buddy, Will, happens to be a worm, the sworn enemy of apples everywhere. When others begin to call Mac names, like "rotten" and "bad apple", he decides it's time to part ways with Will. But after a short while, Mac bravely decides that his relationship with Will is far more important than the opinions of others.



Applesauce Day

There is something very special about passing traditions on to younger generations. In this sweet tale, a grandmother takes her grandchildren to the apple orchard to pick a bushel of apples. When they return to her house, the family gathers around to make applesauce using a bowl that has been passed down from previous relatives. The vibrant illustrations capture the love and joy of a family spending precious time together.




Secrets of the Apple Tree

A unique, interactive book reveals the hidden creatures within the leaves, among the branches, and down in the roots of the apple tree. By shining a flashlight behind each of the pages, readers will discover all of the magical life that sustains the apple tree and makes it their home. A fun twist on the typical lift-a-flap book where hidden pictures are revealed with an innovative printing technique and a little light.




Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie

A girl who is best known for her mishaps and misunderstandings, Amelia Bedelia always approaches everything with an abundance of zest. In this fall-themed picture book, Amelia is excited to bake her very first apple pie. She and her grandma make the most delicious treat, but some hungry birds threaten to eat it themselves. Readers will get a kick out of Amelia Bedelia's plan to prevent a catastrophe from happening!




Apples, Apples Apples

A charming book about a bunny family that heads out together for a day picking apples. The farmer at Long Hill Orchard takes time to teach the bunnies all sorts of interesting information. Kids will enjoy learning fun apple facts and making the the recipe for applesauce.




Apples for Everyone

This gorgeous children's book about apples is worthy of a spot on coffee tables. Incredible National Geographic photographs of delicious apples fill the pages. Interesting information about how to grow apples is shared as well as an explanation of the different varieties. A solid choice to read before an apple-picking adventure with your children.



Apple Farmer Annie

Annie is an apple farmer extraordinaire. She sells all of her most perfect apples at the market, and then the rest she uses to make delicious baked goods. Some of her best recipes include apple muffins, apple pie, applesauce, and apple cider. This sweet and simple story embraces all the wonderful ways apples can be enjoyed and even includes some yummy recipes to try. 


Peppa Goes Apple Picking

Peppa Pig fans will love this novelty book about a day of apple picking. Peppa and her parents find the juiciest apples to bake into a pie for Granny and Grandpa Pig. Peppa is slightly bossy, as always, in this humorous book about preschoolers' favorite swine. For more titles like this one, check out all of the Peppa Pig Books.




An Apple's Life

The life cycle of apples, from seed to fruit, is covered in easy-to-understand steps. This book is an excellent choice to read before a trip to the apple orchard, or even before hitting the grocery store for fresh produce. The beautiful photographs of apples  may just encourage your children to eat more of this delicious fruit.




The Biggest Apple Ever

Clayton (the town mouse) and Desmond (the country mouse) are friendly rivals at Mouseville School. Every time there is a contest, these competitors work hard to outwit, outpace, and outshine each other with the hope of winning. The mice learn a lesson in school about apples which culminates in a contest to find the biggest one. After failing individually, the two mice decide that teamwork is the way to go. But even then, they struggle to find an apple that will win. Readers will be curious to read about their creative problem solving that may just win the contest after all!



Johnny Appleseed

This non-fiction Little Golden Book about Johnny Appleseed gives readers an in-depth look at this conservationists's life. Lively artwork portrays the life of John Chapman, the birth name of a man who traversed the country planting apple trees. Readers will learn a bit about how his early life influenced his journey to help American settlers through his work. The back of the book includes all kinds of fascinating, less well-known facts about this influential man's life and place in history.

Apple Picking Day!

A rhyming story describes the delight two children experience visiting an apple orchard. Fall is in the air and there is no better time of year than to pick apples.  The children race up and down the rows of apple trees plucking fruit. They are competing to fill their baskets with the most delicious, red apples that they can take home and enjoy. An easy chapter book for kids who are starting to read on their own.


Apples, Apples Everywhere!

A fictional story about apples with lots of facts interwoven throughout. Kids will learn how apples are picked, the best way to store them, and what happens when wiggly worms make their way inside. The sepia-infused illustrations give the book a retro, old-fashioned feel. A solid addition to your child's collection of apple books.

The Mouse's Apples

Quite a charming story about a resourceful little mouse who is feeling good about his apple haul. The four delectable, juicy pieces of fruit will make the perfect tea. When a ferocious, hungry bear threatens to steal the apples for is own enjoyment, teeny, tiny mouse must think quickly. A sweet story with a very happy ending teaches children that even their worst enemies deserve second chances sometimes.



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Why Read Children's Books About Apples

Apples are delicious in their natural state. This crispy, juicy and sweet fruit is full of healthy nutrients and is the perfect snack for growing children. Bakers love using apples as the main ingredient in pies, cakes and muffins. They can also be crushed and transformed into delicious apple cider, or dipped into a sugary concoction to make candy apples. 

So grab some of the best children's books about apples, both fiction and non-fiction, to teach your kids all about this phenomenal fruit. Next, browse a list of recommended kids' books about cooking and baking for delicious recipes using apples and other healthy ingredients.




Fascinating Facts You Won't Find in Kids' Apple Books

Kids hungry to know more about apples will find these facts very satisfying. There is so much to learn about this delicious fruit, like how apple farmers take care of their trees, the many varieties, consumption trends, baking ideas, and so much more! 

  • Despite modern technology, most apples are still hand-picked. So give the apple farmers a hand this fall and go on an apple-picking outing with your whole family!
  • Apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air. Bobbing for apples at Halloween would never be possible if the fruit had a different composition.
  • A whopping 36 apples is required to make just one gallon of apple cider. Keep this in mind if you ever decide to try a homemade recipe. In addition to a huge apple supply, you will need some sugar, cinnamon, and allspice to make a deliciously sweet cider.
  • An apple tree does not produce fruit until 8-10 years after it has been planted. Patience is definitely a virtue if you want to grow a brand new tree that bears delicious fruit in your own backyard.
  • Apples, as well as pears, cherries, peaches, and plums, are part of the rose family. Some theories suggest that apples originated from roses due to a change in climate or some catastrophic environmental occurrence at least 40 million years ago.
  • Although 2,500 apple varieties are grown in the US, only 100 apple types are for commercial sale. Even so, this is still too a high variety for grocery stores to carry. Some of the most common apples found on store shelves include Red Delicious, Fuji, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, and Gala.
  • Apples are an incredible source of fiber. In fact, a large apple contains about 5 grams, which is 17% of the daily recommended amount. The type of fiber in apples is called pectin. 
  • Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol, so they are a heart-healthy treat! A medium sized apple contains 95 calories. One juicy, round piece of fruit has 1 protein gram, 19 sugar grams, 3 fiber grams, and 25 carbohydrate grams.
  • In George Washington's spare time, he was known to prune his apple trees. The Yellow Newton Pippin was apparently his favorite apple variety.
  • Apples are a common food allergen. In fact, about 5% -8% of children are allergic to this fruit, and can experience itchiness, hives, and swelling of the tongue and mouth with just one bite. The best children's books about food allergies are valuable resources for kids who have food sensitivities and severe allergies.


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