Apple Picture Books and a FREE Activity for the Classroom

Happy September to all my fall-loving friends! As soon as September hits, I know I’m ready for all things fall, but the weather here in Texas just does not cooperate. Since I can’t pull out sweaters, boots, and jeans just yet, I have to rely on apples to give me my fall-fix. How about you?!

Today I am going to share my favorite fiction and nonfiction apple books with you. I have searched high and low for the best of the best ALL THINGS APPLE picture books. I can’t wait to dig in! Oh, and I also have a BRAND NEW apple freebie for you!

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Apple Picture Books for the Classroom Library

First, let’s start with an apple picture book round-up. I have ordered and read dozens of apple books. I’m not going to lie, some of them were just rotten ;). I promise to only share the ripest of apple books out there!

Favorite Nonfiction Apple Books

I love a good mix of fiction and nonfiction books when I’m pulling resources for the library. Having both options will give an opportunity to discuss elements of both fiction and nonfiction books. Let me highlight my favorite nonfiction apple books first.

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Nonfiction Apple Books:

  1. Apples by Gail Gibbons
  2. Apples for Everyone
  3. The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
  4. How to Apples Grow?
  5. Seed by Seed (Narrative Non-fiction/Biography that has some spiritual undertones)

Favorite Fiction Apple Books

In my opinion, the fiction apple books are the best of the bunch! I was able to find several more fiction apple books than nonfiction that were worth sharing. There’s a good mix of stories about friendship, helping, history, family, and fun!

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  1. One Green Apple – a beautiful story about welcoming new friends at school
  2. How to Make Apple Pie and See the World – a fun way to explore the ingredients of apple pie and different places across the globe
  3. The Poisoned Apple – a funny fractured fairy tale
  4. Bad Apple – a quick read about a grumpy apple who learns his lesson a little too late
  5. Apple and Magnolia – I loved this one! It’s a sweet story about a little girl who never gives up on the growing of her trees.
  6. Bad Apple A Tale of Friendship – a great story about friendship
  7. Applesauce Day – a heartwarming story about making applesauce with a grandparent
  8. Apple Picking Time – a peek into America’s history and harvest time
  9. The Very Helpful Hedgehog – a story with a lesson of “it’s better to have a friend and to be helpful than to be alone all the time”

Fiction Book Apple Activity

To go along with your favorite fiction apple book, your students can make A Very Appilicious Book. For this activity, students will retell the beginning, middle, and end of the fiction story.

To create the booklet, fold a brown piece of construction paper into thirds. Glue the front cover label and the tree topper to the outside of the folded booklet. Glue the writing sheets on the inside of the folded booklet. Students write about the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

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Nonfiction Book Apple Activity

This same booklet can also be used to retell facts about apples and apple trees. The booklet is made in the exact same way. The only difference is students become fact finders and write information about apples.

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FREE Apple Activity for the Classroom

Grab this FREE apple activity below!

This Apple Booklet is NOT included in any of my resources, so this is an EXCLUSIVE freebie just for you!

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Hey, y’all! My name is Amy Lemons and I am passionate about providing students with both engaging and effective standards-based Math and ELA lessons.


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