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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!

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Tap the Magic Tree
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
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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
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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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Daniel's Apple-Picking Adventure
Written by & illustrated by Jason Fruchter
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood!
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Hungry Bunny
Written & illustrated by Claudia Rueda
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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
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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 - 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 - 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.

  • Idun and the Apples of Youth - From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the third book in a series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship.

  • 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

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One Green Apple
Written by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Ted Lewin
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.

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A Friend for Dragon
Written & illustrated by Dav Pilkey
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Recommend Ages: 5-7
From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers!
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Ten Apples Up on Top!
Written by Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss & illustrated by Roy McKie
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

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Apples and Pumpkins
Written by Anne Rockwell & illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

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
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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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  • Apple Cake: A Gratitude - Thank you, hedge, / Thank you, tree. / Thank you, flower, / Thank you, bee. / Thank you, rain, / Thank you, sun. / Thank you, farmers, / every one.

    In this simple rhyming story from the author of Held in Love, a child says thank you for the gifts nature provides, from hazelnuts in the hedge to apples from the tree, eggs from the hens to milk from the cow. Eventually, the family has enough ingredients to make something special...a delicious apple cake!

    With captivating illustrations that brim with emotion, this sweet picture book encourages children to be grateful for the world around them--the perfect read for Thanksgiving. A recipe for apple cake at the end allows you and your child to share in the joyful gratitude.

  • Johnny Appleseed - John Chapman--better known as Johnny Appleseed--had wilderness adventures that became larger-than-life legends. Pioneering west from Massachusetts after the American Revo-lution, John cleared land and planted orchards for the settlers who followed, leaving apple trees and tall tales in his wake. In this glorious picture book retelling, Steven Kellogg brings one of America's favorite heroes--and the stories that surrounded him--to life.

  • Apples to Oregon - Apples, ho! <BR> When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too. But the trail is cruel – first there’s a river to cross that’s wider than Texas…and then there are hailstones as big as plums…and there’s even a drought, sure to crisp the cherries. Those poor pippins! Luckily Delicious (the nonedible apple of Daddy’s eye) is strong – as young ‘uns raised on apples “are” – and won’t let anything stop her father’s darling saps from tasting the sweet Oregon soil. <BR> Here’s a hilarious tall tale – from the team that brought you “Fannie in the Kitchen” – that’s loosely based on the life of a real fruiting pioneer. <BR> Apple Facts <BR> More than 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world. <BR> About 2,500 varieties grow in the United States. <BR> The apple variety Delicious is the most widely grown in the United States. <BR> Apples are part of the rose family. <BR> The science of fruit growing is called pomology. <BR> Fresh apples float. That’s because 25 percent of their volume is air. <BR> Cut an apple in half, across the core, and you’ll see a star shape. <BR> It takes apple trees four to five years to produce their first fruit. <BR> It takes about thirty-six apples to make one gallon of apple cider.

  • My Daddy Ate an Apple - 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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Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie
Written by Herman Parish & illustrated by Lynne Avril
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Amelia Bedelia loves everything about autumn

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Apple Picking Time
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Recommend Ages: 3-7

When the weather turns cooler and the leaves begin to change, it’s apple picking time across the valley. Everybody in town heads for the orchards, including Anna and her family. This year, Anna’s a little older, a little bigger—and determined to fill an entire bin of apples all by herself.

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The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
Written by Lauren Thompson & illustrated by Jonathan Bean
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
These are the apples, juicy and red,
that went in the pie,
warm and sweet,
that Papa baked...
for guess who!
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Apple Pie for Dinner
Written by Susan VanHecke
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Granny Smith wants to bake an apple pie, but she doesn’t have any apples. So off she goes with a basketful of plums in hopes that she can make a trade. Granny swaps plums for feathers, feathers for flowers, flowers for a gold coin, a gold coin for a puppy, and a puppy for what she hoped to find in the first place–apples! Then she bakes a delicious apple pie for everyone she has met along the way. Based on an English folktale, each spread is meticulously illustrated in bas-relief made from baked clay, hand-sewn clothing, and mixed media. Author and Illustrator notes and an apple pie recipe are also included.

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  • Odd Dog - 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.

  • Ice Cream Summer - 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.

  • The Apple Orchard Riddle - Mr. Tiffin and his students from the perenially popular <i>How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?</i> are back in this picture book about a school trip to an apple orchard! <p/>In this playful, humorous, and child-friendly classroom story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards–including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are–while trying to solve a riddle. The book also celebrates how some children learn differently than others. <p/>Margaret McNamara and illustrator G. Brian Karas bring us another fun and educational picture book.

  • Max & Mo Go Apple Picking - From award-winning author Patricia Lakin and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca comes a Level 1 Ready-to-Read starring the adorable hamsters, Max and Mo. Follow along as they go on an apple-picking adventure!

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The Three Hedgehogs
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Three hedgehogs living in a little house on a farm are desperately hungry and decide to steal three apples from the orchard. This infuriates the farmers who set out on an expedition to arrest the thieves. But a witness has some surprising new proof that turns the criminals into heros. <br>Word play and visual puns abound in this witty and enchanting book by a brilliant young Spanish author and illustrator.<br>

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