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Bunting, Eve.  One Green Apple.  Ilus. by Ted Lewin.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
A Muslim girl accompanies her class on a trip to an apple orchard. Her dropping of a green apple into the cider press along with the red apples of the other students is a metaphor for her assimilation in her new country. Lovely watercolor illustrations reflect the characters’ emotions.

Esbaum, Jill.  Apples for Everyone.  National Geographic Children’s Books, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Text and photographs evoke an appreciation of all the things we can do with apples after they are picked and how we celebrate them as a symbol of the autumn season.

Farmer, Jacqueline.  Apples.  Ilus. by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes.  Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
This informative picture book details a wealth of content about how apples are grown, harvested, and used. Facts about the nutritional value, a bit of history, and a chart of apple varieties are also included.

Gibbons, Gail.  Apples.  Holiday House, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
In her characteristic style of colorful illustrations and minimal, easy-to-understand text, Gibbons relates historical information about apples, parts of the apple, and the life cycle. Recipes and other facts are included.

Gibbons, Gail.  The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree.  Harcourt, 1984.  Gr. K-2
Arnold takes readers through the changes in his apple tree through the four seasons.

Hall, Zoe.  The Apple Pie Tree.  Illus. by Shari Halpern.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Two sisters describe the changes in their apple tree from bare tree in winter to an eventual apple pie. Large, collage illustrations focus on the tree’s changes over the seasons. An explanation of pollination and a recipe for apple pie are appended.

Herman, Emmi S.  We All Fall for Apples.  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. K-1
Three friends have great fun picking apples on a trip to the orchard and find that there are yummy foods one can make with apples at home too.

Heuck, Sigrid.  Who Stole the Apples.  Knopf, 1986.  Gr. K-2
In this rebus story, a horse discovers that the apples from his tree are missing and begins a search for them that takes him many places, enlisting the help of other animals along the way.

Holub, Joan.  Apple Countdown.  Illus. by Jan Smith.  Albert Whitman, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
In a countdown from 20 to 1, a group of children visit an apple farm. The text and illustrations include simple addition and grouping. Apple facts appear on the endpapers.

Hopkinson, Deborah.  Apples to Oregon: Being the Slightly True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
This delightful tall tale follows the journey of Delicious and her family from Iowa to Oregon in the 1800s. More concerned about his fruit trees than his children, Daddy strives to save them through the many perils of the Oregon Trail. Loosely based on a real person, this story is a romp filled with rich language perfect for reading aloud and colorful oil paintings that add to the fun. The book’s back cover contains apple facts.

Hubbell, Will.  Apples Here!  Albert Whitman, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Large, bright colored pencil illustrations follow the growth of apples from the bare trees of winter to their many uses after harvest. Several apple facts at the end.

Hutchins, Pat.  Ten Red Apples.  Greenwillow, 2000.  Gr. PreK-1
Rhyming, counting, and repetition in a catchy rhythm tell how the animals take all the apples off the tree before the farmer’s wife can get some to make a pie. Cheery illustrations and sound effects abound. Children are sure to want to join in with this great read-aloud.

Kleven, Elisa.  The Apple Doll.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Lizzy loves her apple tree. When she makes a doll with an apple head and a twig body and takes it to school, other children make fun of it. Her mother shows her how to make an apple-head doll, which later becomes the basis for a craft project at school. Mixed media illustrations are filled with details. Directions for making an apple doll are appended.

Lipson, Eldon Ross.  Applesauce Season.  Illus. by Mordicai Gerstein.  Roaring Brook, 2009.
Gr. K-3
An urban family buys apples at an outdoor market, thus beginning their annual tradition of making applesauce. They purchase different varieties of apples and bond over the cooking of the sauce. Colorful illustrations add a warm fuzziness to this family tradition.

Maestro, Betsy.  How Do Apples Grow?  Illus. by Giulio Maestro.  HarperCollins, 1992.  Gr. 1-3
The life cycle of the apple from bare branches to harvest is clearly presented, supplemented by colorful illustrations.

Marzollo, Jean.  I Am an Apple.  Illus. by Judith Moffatt.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. K-1
Simple sentence and collage illustrations focus on the growth cycle of apples from buds to apples and back to seeds again for starting over.

McNamara, Margaret.  The Apple Orchard Riddle.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas.  Schwartz & Wade, 2013.  Gr. K-3
On a trip to the apple orchard, the class is challenged with the "little red house with no windows and no doors and a star inside" riddle. They learn many facts about apples and orchards along the way.

McNamara, Margaret.  Apple ABC.  Scholastic, 2012.  Gr. K-3
This book is appropriate for a wide age range of readers as it introduces the letters of the alphabet with facts about 26 different types of apples as well as provides additional information that will be of interest to older children.

Micucci, Charles.  The Life and Times of the Apple.  Scholastic, 1992.  Gr. 2-5
Considerable information about the life cycle of the apple, different varieties, its place in the world economy, its uses, history, and lore are included in this book just right for research. Detailed illustrations contribute to the understanding of concepts.

Näslund, Görel Kristina.  Our Apple Tree.  Illus. by Kristina Digman.  Roaring Brook, 2006.  K-2
Originally published in Sweden, this book relates the growth cycle of apples through the eyes of two tiny children who live in the tree.

Parish, Herman.  Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie.  Illus. by Lynne Avril.  Greenwillow, 2010.
Gr. K-3
Amelia Bedelia is up to her usual antics (she mistakes Granny Smith for a real person, etc) in this autumn story. A recipe for apple pie is included.

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.  An Apple a Day: From Orchard to You.  Photographs by William Muñoz.  Cobblehill/Dutton, 1990.  Gr. 3-6
Color photographs illustrate a nonfiction text that discusses the apple industry from growing to marketing.

Powell, Consie.  Amazing Apples.  Albert Whitman, 2003.  Gr. K-5
This collection of 17 acrostic poems celebrate apples through the seasons. Handcolored woodblock print illustrations follow a family through the growing, harvesting, and making use of the apples. Appended matter includes facts about apples.

Priceman, Marjorie.  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.  Knopf, 1994.  Gr. K-3
A girl travels the world gathering the perfect ingredients for making an apple pie. Once the pie is made, friends from the places she visited enjoy eating it. Cheerful illustrations accompany this “lesson” in geography. A recipe is appended.

Robbins, Ken.  Apples.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Lovely hand-tinted photographs complement a straightforward text that explains the growing season, how apples are used as food, and bits of history, apple-related language, and literature. The last page displays 12 popular varieties of apples.

Rosenberry, Vera.  The Growing-Up Tree.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. K-2
A mother plants the seeds from an apple she eats while she rocks her baby. The boy and the tree grow up together, and the boy enjoys its many gifts through two more generations. When he dies as an old man, the tree is split by a winter storm and dies too. The seeds, however, are still there for another tree to start to grow. Colorful, full-page watercolor paintings complement the story.

Scheer, Julian.  Rain Makes Applesauce.  Illus. by Marvin Bileck.  Holiday House, 1964.  Gr. K-2
This older Caldecott Honor Book uses “silly talk” and fantastical illustrations to show the joys of growing apples and eventually making applesauce.

Shapiro, Jody Fickes.  Up, Up, Up!: It’s Apple-Picking Time.  Illus. by Kitty Harvill.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. K-2
A family picks apples at Grandma and Grandpa’s farm and sells them at a roadside stand. The language in the story is sensory. Colorful paper collage illustrations highlight their experience.

Slawson, Michele Benoit.  Apple Picking Time.  Illus. by Deborah Kogan Ray. Knopf, 1994.  Gr. K-2
When the whole family gathers to bring in the apple harvest, Anna is determined to fill a whole bin herself for the first time. Pastel and watercolor illustrations add to the peaceful mood of working in the apple orchard.

Smucker, Anna Egan.  Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story.  Illus. by Kathleen Kemly. Albert Whitman, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Based on an actual event, this lively story tells about the creation of the Golden Delicious apple by the Stark brothers in Missouri more than 100 year ago. Colored pencil illustrations provide historical detail. An appended note offers additional information about the grafting process.

Thompson, Lauren.  The Apple Pie That Papa Baked.  Illus. by Jonathan Bean.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.  Gr. K-2
In a “House That Jack Built” type of text, a little girl starts with an apple pie and moves backward to the tree and how it is nourished by rain and sun to grow apples. Some rather humorous farm animals are ever-present. Incredible illustrations are reminiscent of a time in children’s book publishing when there was considerable detail but little color.

Turner, Glennette Tilley.  An Apple for Harriet Tubman.  Illus. by Susan Keeter.  Albert Whitman, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
An incident from the life of Harriet Tubman in which she picked apples, washed, and polished them for people in the Big House, but was never allowed to eat them. When she did, she was beaten. The apples became the fruit of freedom. As an adult, Tubman owned her a house and planted apple trees, the fruit from which she shared with everyone.

VanHecke, Susan.  An Apple Pie for Dinner.  Illus. by Carol Baicker-McKee.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Based on an old English folk tale, Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie, but she doesn’t have any apples. Starting with a basket of plums, she engages in a series of trades until she gets the apples she needs. A recipe for apple pie is included. Three-dimensional illustrations made from baked clay, cloth, and mixed media are a visual treat.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth.  Apples, Apples, Apples.  Winslow, 2000.  Gr. K-3
On an outing to an orchard, a bunny family learns about different varieties of apples, how they are grown, and various uses for apples. A recipe for applesauce, a song, sayings about apples, and instructions for making apple prints are also included. Eye-catching cut-paper collage illustrations are supported with helpful diagrams and charts.

Watson, Clyde.  Applebet.  Illus. by Wendy Watson.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1982.  Gr. K-1
Rhyming couplets for each letter of the alphabet follow a farmer and her daughter as they take apples to the county fair.

Wellington, Monica.  Apple Farmer Annie.  Dutton, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Annie keeps an apple orchard, and every fall she harvests her crop and readies it for the market. She also prepares different kinds of foods with apples to take to market as well. Bright, cheerful illustrations show her handling everything very successfully. Recipes included.

Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about apples published in library editions.

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