Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace is an easy to read nonfiction book with a useful information chart of different varieties and their uses to planting, grafting and picking technique. There are wonderful illustrations of the parts of an apple and the growing cycle as well as an applesauce recipe.
The children really enjoyed our apple themed storytime. I introduced the theme by inviting them to tell me what they knew about apples and drew them on a dry erase board. They knew that apples were different colors and grew on trees. They learned more facts as I read From Apple Trees to Cider, Please by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky.
As I read What’s an Apple by Marilyn singer the preschoolers enjoyed doing the actions in the book such as washing it or squashing it.
I had a counting strip with apples to use with the book Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. The children were excited to count with me and loved the rhyming.
Another fun book was Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship. It’s a story of acceptance, friendship, bravery and tolerance in which an apple befriends a worm.
Other great picture books about apples:
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas
Apple by Nikki McClure
I am an Apple by Jean Marzollo
Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry
Amazing Apples by Consie Powell
Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary Benet
The Apple King by Francesca Bosca
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson
Apple Cider Making Days by Ann Purmell
An apple preschool science experiment on how different liquids affect apples can be found here:
Here are some STEM activities for preschoolers:
Here’s an easy apple craft using paper plates: