Top 5 Apple Books for Back To School

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It’s back to school time! Which means it’s APPLE TIME! I love that autumn feeling: the weather cools off, the leaves turn colors, and I get to eat apple cinnamon donuts from our local apple orchard!

I don’t know what it is about teaching an apple unit, but it’s always the thing my students remember all year. When we do our end of the year projects, their strongest memory is always learning about apples, making applesauce, or going to the apple orchard. A few years ago, I updated my apple books for my classroom library. Here are my favorites! Click on the book covers to purchase the books from Amazon!


Perfect as an introduction to your apple unit!

Apples! The very word conjures up images of fall: ripe red apples falling off the tree as the leaves begin their glorious extravaganza of color change; baskets of gathered fruits at the foot of laddered orchards; the rich aroma of an apple-pie cooling. As school starts again, an apple for the teacher is a time-honored tradition. Apples are coated in candy or caramel to celebrate the end-of-year holidays. They are crushed into cider to keep us warm around a fire as summer slips away and the first hint of frost chills the darkening nights. In this beautifully produced book, apples are more than just fruit, they are iconic of everything fall.



This is the best apple tree life cycle book. The photographs are vivid and the text is concise. 


Here is the book companion with apple tree life cycle activities, a complete lesson plan that I use every year in my own classroom.

The process of a new life starting is fascinating! Watch an apple tree grow from a seed to a fruit-bearing tree. Young readers will learn about the stages in an apple tree’s life, as well as it’s appearance. The life cycle of an apple tree is a beautiful thing to see!


For informational text, you can’t do better than Gail Gibbons!

Apple trees grow in more parts of the world than any other fruit tree. From blossom to pollination to picking, here is information about how they grow, their various parts, and the different varieties. Instructions on how to plant and care for an apple tree are included.


Another great apple tree life cycle book with beautiful illustrations.

Have you ever eaten part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit–ready for you to pick!


I updated my Johnny Appleseed book! This is much longer, but you can select the chapters you’d like to read.

The perfect biography to “bite into” at the start of a new school year! Children are sure to be fascinated by the eccentric and legendary Johnny Appleseed, a man who is best known for bringing apple trees to the midwest. Over John Chapman’s lifetime, he saw the country grow and start to spread westward. Traveling alone— in bare feet and sporting a pot on his head!—Johnny left his own special mark planting orchards that helped nourish new communities. His journeys and adventures are illustrated in a hundred black-and-white illustrations.

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