August is here, and it’s time for me to share the picture books of the month. If you missed last month’s list, you can find it here.
This month’s theme of picture books is apples! The following ten 10 books are either going to be about apples, or have apples in them.
August picture books...
The very first book on the list is How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.
This books is such fun! As the title would indicate, the main character makes an apple pie, while literally seeing the whole world in the process.
When the market is closed, the character goes around the world collecting ingredients for her pie. She goes to Italy to get the wheat, to mill into flour. She goes to England to get a cow, for fresh milk, and to Sri Lank for cinnamon.
The next book on the list is Applesauce by Shirley Kurtz.
This is such a funny book. The little kids love it!
Applesauce is a single book in a series about a boy. In this book he helps his father, mother, and sister pick apples to make into applesauce.
The illustrations are charming and the story is entertaining. It goes through the entire process of making applesauce at home.
Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove by Jan Cheripko
A beautifully illustrated book about an old monk who is in charge of the apple grove. Brother Bartholomew is very relaxed about all the animals that come into the apple grove to feast on the apples. Even though many of the apples get eaten by the monastery’s surrounding animals, the monks always have enough apples to sell, to keep the monastery running.Things go very smoothly for the monks, until a new brother comes along. Brother Stephen.
Brother Stephen eventually becomes in charge of the apple grove, and wants to do things properly and keep the animals out. But brother Stephan soon wonders if perhaps the way Brother Bartholomew was running the orchard was better.
Apples by Jaqueline Farmer is next.
This book is very informative and has plenty of full page pictures. It discusses how apple trees are rarely grown from seeds, but rather are grafted. It explains how grafting works. The author also talks about pruning apple trees to keep them healthy, and the anatomy of an apple blossom. This great book even includes a chart, that compares the different varieties of apples based on appearance, texture and flavor, and best uses.This excellent book is full of great information, including a brief history of apples.
Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Suess.
Many of you are probably very familiar with this one. Ten Apples Up on Top is a cute rhyming and counting story for young kids. The funny animals go around counting how many apples they can manage to get up on their heads without letting them drop.
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson is next.
This is such a lovely book.
“These are the roots, deep and fine,
that fed the tree, crooked and strong,
that grew the apples, juicy and red,
That went into the pie, warm and sweet,
that papa baked” – The Apple Pie That Papa Baked.
How Do Apples Grow? is very similar to the book Apples by Jacqueline Farmer. This book by Betsy Maestro is written for a younger audience. It explain the process of apple growing in gentle and informative way that little children can comprehend. It is also filled with lovely full spread illustrations.
The Life and Times of the Apple by Charles Micucci is yet another very informative book about apples. This particular book is more descriptive than most books about apples. It includes lots of diagrams and plenty of other visuals.
It presents a variety of facts about apples, including how they grow, crossbreeding and grafting techniques, harvesting practices, and the uses, varieties, and history of this popular fruit
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
I know there are many different versions of the tale of Johnny Appleseed. I think I’ve read five separate ones at least.
I particularly liked the wording of this specific by Reeve Lindbergh, complimented by the beautiful illustrations done by Kathy Jakobsen.
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
2. Ten Apples Up on Top by Doctor Suess
3. The Life and Times of the Apple by Charles Micucci
4. How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro
5. Apples by Jacqueline Farmer
6. Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
7. Applesauce by Shirley Kurtz
8. Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Groveby Jan Cheripko
9. The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson
10. Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindberg
I hope you enjoyed this post and found the list helpful. If you have any picture books about apples to add to this list please mention them in the comment section below!