One of my favourite late summer and early autumn topics to do with my toddlers and preschools is apples. We love making apple prints, baking apple and cinnamon loaf cake and using different coloured apples to count and work on number bonds to 10. But, we also like to read up about apples, from stories that feature apples to some non-fiction books that give us information about the apple life cycle. So if you are looking for apple books to share with your toddlers and preschoolers here you go.
Apple Stories for Toddlers and Preshoolers
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We love stories and fiction books, so I’m starting this list with our favourite apple stories to read together with your toddlers and preschoolers. Each book cover has a clickable link to view the book on Amazon and see the current prices.
1. Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Our preschoolers and toddlers’ favourite that combines well with counting and maths is Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. We also have this in our collection for reading when we focus on the theme of farms because of all of the animals mentioned in the story.
2. 10 Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuss
The silly tale of 10 Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuss is great for counting and rhyming with your toddlers and preschoolers.
3. Apple Picking Day by Candice Ransom
Learning about where food comes from is important and Apple Picking Day by Candice Ransom is ideal for reading together especially if you are heading to the farm to pick apples.
4. Easy Reader Johnny Appleseed
Where possible I try and include classic or folk tales in our book basket and with the theme of apples putting an easy reader version of Johnny Appleseed is ideal.
5. How to Make Apple Pie and See the World by Majorie Priceman
Although we aren’t a Charlotte Mason family I do believe in the power of books for learning. Adding a book that covers more than just the topic like the maths books above and this one How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. In the story, we go around the world collecting the ingredients from the countries they come from to make apple pie is perfect to teach a little about the world and the origin of some common ingredients.
6. Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey
Another food themed apple book but this time combined the theme of gratitude. Apple Cake: A Gratitude by Dawn Casey follows a little girl as she gives thanks to nature for everything from the bee to the sun and rain. It also includes a wonderful recipe for apple cake as well.
7. Applesauce Day by Lisa J Amstutz
For our family and a lot of others memories are made in the kitchen. With family traditions and favourite recipes. In Applesauce Day by Lisa J Amstutz the children make applesauce with grandma in the family applesauce pot. If like their family you make applesauce this is a great book to read together.
8. Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make you A Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley
Combining people from history into our book box even with young toddlers and preschoolers is a great way to introduce different cultures and the history around them. Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley tells the story of Edna Lewis as a young girl and how the seasons affected her cooking. We particularly liked the recipes included and the folk songs that we were introduced to through the story.
Non-Fiction Apple Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
As well as fiction books, it’s important the even young children are introduced to a variety of different books so we always try and include non-fiction books in our collections. Here’s our favourites for the apple theme.
1. Apples by Gail Gibbons
If there is a Gail Gibbons book on the theme we try and get hold of a copy. Apples has a place in our themed basket for apples as well as through autumn too. We love the illustrations and how there is some history as well as biology in the book is perfect for learning.
2. Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons) by Jill Esbaum
Apples for everyone (Picture the Seasons) by Jill Esbaum is a National Geography publication and with simple text it covers the life cycle of the apple and provides extra information like what happens to the windfall apples it is ideal for toddlers and younger preschoolers to read.
3. How do Apples Grow?
The Lets Read and Find Out Science Series books are another great addition to our themed book baskets. How do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro again covers the life cycle but in more depth than Apples for everyone and would be a better pick for older preschoolers than the previous book.
4. An Apple’s Life by Nancy Dickmann
If your preschoolers are on the cusp of reading then our last pick of non-fiction apple books is perfect. An Apple’s Life by Nancy Dickmann has simple text, vibrant photographs and describes the apple life cycle in enough detail for your child to understand.
Other Apple Fiction Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers
The ones above are our pick for our book basket but we have also used the following as well.
More Book Lists for Autumn
- Autumn and Leaf Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers (there is some cross over with our apple books above here)
- Not so Spooky Halloween Books
Apple Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Here’s some apple themed activities to do with your toddler and preschooler to go alongside these fantastic apple books this autumn.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.