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Apples: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about apples?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to apples. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about apples.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about apples, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like My Daddy Ate an Apple to popular sellers like Ten Apples Up on Top! to some of our favorite hidden gems like Tap the Magic Tree.

We hope this list of kids books about apples can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Tap the Magic Tree
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The acclaimed interactive picture book about the changing seasons. “Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, Matheson’s Tap the Magic Tree proves you don’t need apps for interactivity,” praised the New York Times. Every book needs you to turn the pages. But not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it, or even blow it a kiss
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The Little Green Hen
Written & illustrated by Alison Murray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A timely retelling plays off "The Little Red Hen" with an environmental slant. On top of a hill, inside an old and very fruitful apple tree, lives Little Green Hen. She prunes the tree's branches, rids it of pests, and sows its seeds so that more trees will grow. But soon the work proves too much, and Little Green Hen seeks some help. Dog (who loves sticks), Sparrow (who loves bugs), and Squirrel (who loves burying things) are glad to pitch in. But Peacock, Fox, and Cat have far more important things to do -- until the storms roll in, the rain comes down, and the waters rise. . . . With contemporary flair, Alison Murray offers another engaging adaptation of a traditional children's tale.
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Hungry Bunny
Written & illustrated by Claudia Rueda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
It's fall, which means it's the perfect time for mama's apple pie. The only problem? These apples are hard to reach! But Bunny has some ideas. Young readers will delight in using the red ribbon to help Bunny reach new heights and pick those tasty apples. But the fun doesn't end there! Readers will also rock the book back and forth and turn it round and round for a one-of-a-kind roller-coaster adventure on Bunny's way home. Claudia Rueda shakes up the reading experience once again in this delightful sequel to Bunny Slopes.
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Ten Red Apples
Written & illustrated by Pat Hutchins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Ten red apples hanging on a tree. Yippee, fiddle-dee-fee! But they are not there for long. Horse, cow, donkey, pig, hen, and the other farm animals each eat one. "Save one for me," calls the farmer. But what about the farmer's wife? Count on Pat Hutchins to solve the problem happily. And count the red apples before they are all gone!
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La Manzana
Written by Kazuo Iwamura & illustrated by Corimbo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
In this delicately illustrated picture book, a little girl drops her apple from high atop a hill. A series of animals helps her get it back and not only do they share it, they plant the seeds so Nature can provide them with many more yummy snacks.
Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship book
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Down the Road book
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Ten Apples Up on Top! book
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Apples and Pumpkins book
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  • Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship - It takes a firm apple to stand up to bullies. When Mac, an apple, meets Will, a worm, they become fast friends, teaching each other games and even finishing each other’s sentences. But apples aren’t supposed to like worms, and Mac gets called “rotten” and “bad apple.” At first, Mac doesn’t know what to do–it’s never easy standing up to bullies–but after a lonely day without Will, Mac decides he’d rather be a bad apple with Will than a sad apple without. Edward Hemingway’s warm art and simple, crisp text are the perfect pairing, and themes of bullying and friendship are sure to hit readers’ sweet spots all year round.

  • Down the Road - Mama and Papa agree that eggs for breakfast would be nice, but they’re too busy to go to the store. So they decide that Hetty is old enough to go by herself. Although she practices walking smoothly up the hill so she won’t break the precious eggs, she can’t help running all the way down. Young readers will hold their breath as Hetty tries her very best to get those eggs home safely. “The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis’s dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart.”—Booklist

  • Ten Apples Up on Top! - Three friends balance counting and fun in this silly Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss and illustrated by Roy McKie. When a lion, a dog, and a tiger meet up, they soon discover that they can each do different things while balancing apples on their heads. Whether drinking milk, jumping rope, or roller-skating, they can do a lot with ten apples up on top! But watch out, she has a mop! She’ll knock those apples from up on top. Seuss’s apple-balancing characters will have youngsters reading, counting, and giggling! Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

  • Apples and Pumpkins - In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock’s farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

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Apple Farmer Annie
Written & illustrated by Monica Wellington
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2
A new format for a yummy fall favorite Filled with bright primary colors and pictures of America’s favorite fruit, Wellington’s enticing story follows Annie, a busy apple farmer. She picks, counts, sorts, bakes tasty treats, and sells her best apples. Already successful in hardcover and paperback, Apple Farmer Annie in board book format is one that young tots will find absolutely irresistible.
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My Daddy Ate an Apple
Written by Craig Smith & illustrated by Scott Tulloch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
So what happens if you eat an apple with a green worm inside? Not just any worm, of course, but a fuzzy one, a buzzy one, a great big fat juicy one! Children will love this story about Daddy Zebra's trip to hospital—and the surprise ending!
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Applesauce Day
Written by Lisa J Amstutz & illustrated by Talitha Shipman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it's time to turn the apples into applesauce! Every year they use the special pot that has been in the family for generations to make applesauce. First they wash the apples. Then Grandma cuts them into quarters. Follow each step in the process as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce!
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Odd Dog
Written & illustrated by Claudia Boldt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Peanut, an odd dog who doesn't like bones, but apples, worries that his next-door neighbor, Milo, might steal all the apples from his tree, but Peanut discovers something about Milo (and himself) that changes everything.
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Ice Cream Summer
Written by Megan Atwood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Lizzie and Sarah, neighbors and best friends, look forward to running the ice cream stand at Lizzie's family's New England orchard, but their plans go awry.

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