Apple Season

 In Houston, we do not yet see the autumn leaves change in color, but we certainly have the ability to enjoy the fall harvest.

One of the things that I truly look forward to in the fall are apples.  I hope that you enjoy the selection of books below; you will find that some focus on a more traditional theme  and others are lighthearted and playful. 

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman Esmé Raji Codell

His real name was John Chapman. He grew apples. But wait. So what? Why should we remember him and read about him and think about him and talk about him today, more than two hundred years after he was born? Why should we call him a hero? This book uses eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, to explain why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.

Apple Cake : A Recipe for Love Julie Paschkis.

Award-winning illustrator Julie Paschkis paints a vibrant and delectable story of love, the power of imagination, and a most unusual cake recipe To Alfonso, the world is a magical place filled with possibility. He loves beautiful, kind, brilliant Ida; but she doesn't seem to notice him. So Alfonso, with an imagination as big as the sea, dreams up a very special cake recipe. He mixes some soft butter that he's plucked from the summer sun. He sifts in a cup of flour like snowflakes from a night sky. He adds three wishes, one bitter and two sweet. At last the cake is done, and he shares it with his beloved Ida, who finally discovers that wonders can be hidden in even the simplest things.

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 How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Marjorie Priceman.

An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for apple pie is included.

Applesauce Season Ross Lipson

When the first apples of the season, Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold show up in the city markets, it's time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. Eden Lispon's lovingly recounted description of a family's applesauce, making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste. Mordicai Gerstein's paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies. Here's a lovely picture book celebrating an American family tradition.

 Johnny Appleseed Steven Kellogg.

resents the life of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude.

 A Garden for Pig Katheryn K Thurman

t's not that Pig doesn't like apples. After all, he lives on an apple farm. It's just that Pig is tired of nothing but apples. Apples for breakfast. Apples for lunch. Apples for dinner. Pig wants something more. Something different. Vegetables? Sometimes dreams really do come true, but not always in the ways you might expect.

 A Fishing Surprise Rae McDonald

A sister and brother go fishing, but come home with a net full of apples instead.

Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship  Edward Hemingway.

t 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.

 The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed Margaret Hodges

his is a lovely version of an eccentric bit of American history. The text describes a man with a different outlook on life-a man who believed that other creatures have just as much right to be on the earth as humans. Johnny Appleseed lived his life true to his philosophy; he carried news between the settled East and the newly settled West and planted groves of apple trees in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Every other page presents a full-page illustration closely related to the text, and the paragraphs on the facing pages are decorated with more beautiful artwork. Johnny Appleseed became a legend and left a legacy that is still remembered and enjoyed. The author says some people thought he was crazy, but this book emphasizes the good he did.

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked  Lauren Thompson 

When a doting father decides to make an apple pie for his beloved daughter, an enjoyable day is had by all, including the hungry farm animals who hover nearby in the hopes of getting a slice of the pie.

Odd Dog Claudia Bolt.

Peanut is an odd dog. He doesn't like bones, he likes apples. In fact, he LOVES apples, and he worries that his next-door neighbor, Milo, might steal all the apples from his tree. But Peanut is about to discover something about Milo (and himself) that could change everything.

Let's Cook with Apples! : Delicious and Fun Apple Dishes Kids Can Make
    Nancy Tuminelly

Additional Resources

Cooking with Children Easy Homemade Applesauce

Children's Craft -  Apple print caterpillar

Family Craft - Apple-Print Bag

Additional Reading for Parents

"TAKING A BITE OUT OF HISTORY." States News Service 26 Sept. 2013. Biography In Context. Web. 28 Sept. 2013.