As summer closes and winter gets closer and closer every day, there is a magical thing that happens! Fall! Fall is one of our favorite seasons because there is so much to do, see and explore! One of my favorite ways to extend an activity is to pair with books to read at home. Books and babies do go together! Right now, we’re in the middle of apple season so I’ve put together a list of our favorite apple board books! *affiliate links present*
The Best Apple Board Books For Toddlers
Apple Board Books: The Classics
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss: 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!
They Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature’s commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.
Pat The Bunny At The Apple Orchard by Golden Books: Pat the Bunny joins favorite friends Tickle the Pig and Squeak the Mouse for an apple-picking adventure! Their sweet and silly antics are perfectly calibrated for the very young audience, and parents will welcome this introduction to autumn from a trusted character.
Apples And Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell: In this Classic Board Book version of a perennial favorite, a young girl shares in the joy and excitement of the fall season. “When red and yellow leaves are on the trees,” she goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose “the best pumpkin of them all.
Apple Board Books: For Learning
A Is For Apple by Georgie Birkett : This brilliant, innovative book offers an engaging new way for children to discover and learn basic concepts of the alphabet. By running their finger along large, grooved letters, children can explore each shape. Colorful lift-the-flaps on every sturdy page further reinforce easy learning. Each board page features a capital letter that a child can trace with their finger, a flap to lift to find a surprise, and bright illustrations
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray: When an apple pie arrives piping hot on the kitchen table, a little pup does everything he can think of to get his paws on it. He Ogles it. He Pines for it. But will his ABC antics land him a slice?
Red Apple, Green Pear by Scholastic: Colorful photos of yummy fruits make it easy for your toddler to learn about colors.
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett: Destined to become a contemporary classic, this book has spare text and sweet illustrations but contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear–and there. Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words–on one spread, a brown bear juggles an orange, apple, and pear; on another spread, there is an orange-colored apple and a pear-shaped bear. Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts
Apple Board Books: Great Titles
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington: 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.
5 Little Apples by Yusuke Yonezu: The flaps reveal the creature that eats an apple in this board book that helps little ones count backwards. An elephant, a rabbit, and a caterpillar are some of the hungry critters who take apples away. But when there are none left, a surprise awaits.
Apples Apples by Salina Yoon: Apple picking can be so much fun! But what can you make from your apples after you’ve picked them? Find out as you lift the flaps on every page of this fun fall harvest book. Kids will love to feel the fuzzy apples and find the shiny foil surprises behind the flaps
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri: The leaves have started to fall. The air is cold. Squirrel needs to get ready for winter. He cannot nibble with the mice. He does not have time to hop with the frogs or run with the dogs. Will this busy little squirrel ever slow down? Focusing on all the charming features of the fall season, this sweetly illustrated story features country animals, pumpkins, leaves, apples and other signs of autumn.
Can’t get enough apple fun with your toddler? Try this apple stamping craft!