Reading books for fall is on our bucket list every year! This post outlines all of our favorite children’s books themed around apples and pumpkins.
When the weather starts changing and the calendar turns to September & October, my kids love to grab all of our fall books out of the storage bins and start reading them again. We also make a special trip to the library to grab some of our favorites! Here are some of the books we are reading this year.
We have collected so many favorites, that I decided to split this into two separate posts. One post contains all of our favorite children’s books about fall and leaves. The other post contains all of our favorite children’s books about apples & pumpkins.
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Children’s Books About Apples
Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie – I loved Amelia Bedelia books as a little girl. And I adore sharing her escapades with my sons! Amelia Bedelia gets herself into all kinds of funny dilemmas as she takes everything very literally. We enjoyed this story of Amelia baking a pie with her grandmother. The illustrations are updated and colorful as well! This is a book we checked out from the library, but would gladly add to our personal bookshelf.
The Apple Tree’s Discovery – A sweet faith story about an apple tree that longs to be a star. He prays every night to be a star so that will finally feel special. God gently reminds the tree that he is already quite special just the way he is. But still, the apple tree longs to be a star. When he finally sees the inside of the apples that are on his tree, he discovers the stars that were there all along. Such a great story about finding the beautiful star inside of all of us! We discovered this book at our local library and will definitely be adding it to our personal bookshelf.
Apples & Pumpkins – a sweet simple book about going to a farm and picking apples and pumpkins for the fall season. The illustrations and story are both very simple and great for younger readers. This is a great book to introduce fall traditions to a younger child or for a beginner reader to work through reading.
Apples, Apples Everywhere – a nice picture book that takes you on a trip to the apple orchard. You read all about how apples are picked, where they are stored, apple worms, apple colors and flavors, and how to make apple cider! This would be fun to read before going to an apple orchard with your children.
Apples by Gail Gibbons – This is a great picture book that leans more toward the science of apples. Readers learn about how apples are grown, the different seasons of an apple tree, and even how apple trees came to North America. There are descriptive illustrations of apples diagraming their parts, showing different species of apples, and step-by-step instructions for making your own apple pie. My boys love pouring over books like this because they are both informational and beautiful!
Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh – This book is all about the legend of Johnny Appleseed. I love the text because it reads like a beautiful poem. However, the true gift of this book is the gorgeous illustrations throughout. Every page showcases beautiful paintings with vivid color and intricate details. My boys and I spend so much time just looking through the beautiful pictures. This was a library book that we would most definitely love to add to our personal bookshelf!
Autumn Is For Apple Pie – we love this chapter book about Autumn! This is a book we have in our personal library and it is a great story for my first grader to read through. The Tales of Buttercup Grove series introduces young readers (ages 4-8) to the fun adventures of the woodland creatures and teaches timeless Christian values along the way. In this tale, skunk learns that God gives us friends when we’re having a bad day. We truly enjoy this series!
How to Make An Apple Pie And See The World – We love this book! Readers follow along as a young girl decides to bake an apple pie for the season. She ends up having to travel around the world to find all of the needed ingredients for her pie. It’s such a fun mix of geography, cultures, and cooking. We will definitely be adding this book to our shelf!
Apple Cake: A Gratitude – this is a sweet book that emphasizes gratitude. It’s written in a fun rhyming poetic style. The story follows a young girl who thanks nature for all the gifts it provides. All of those gifts are used to make a beautiful apple cake! The recipe to make an apple cake is included at the end. It’s a fun addition to any shelf!
Children’s Books About Pumpkins
Mercy Watson: Princess in disguise – Mercy Watson books are fun chapter books to read with younger kids, around ages 5-8. Mercy is a pet pig who just wants some treats! Halloween seems like a match made in heaven for this treat-loving pig. All she has to do is dress up…. like a princess. We laughed and laughed through all of her funny adventures as she navigates her fluffy costume in search of some candy!
Pumpkin Jack – this is a gentle beautiful story about the life cycle of a pumpkin. A boy named Tim has fun carving funny faces into his pumpkin he named “Jack”. But Tim is heartbroken when Jack begins to rot on the porch. Tim observes the seeds that fall to the ground and he follows the life of that seed through winter, spring, summer, and fall again when he finally gets to harvest another pumpkin. A fun read from the library!
P Is For Pumpkin: God’s Harvest Alphabet – a beautiful faith-based picture book that we have on our book shelf at home! It’s perfect for young children to learn their alphabet with fall-themed topics. The pictures are fun, colorful, and very detailed.
How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin – This is a fun book that follows an elementary classroom as they learn about pumpkins. There are many topics covered such as organizing items from smallest to largest, estimating the number of pumpkin seeds, and counting seeds to see if their predictions are correct. They also work through skills like even and odd, counting by twos, fives, and tens. Along the way, the class learns a lot of facts about pumpkins! This is a great book for your science-loving, fact-based kiddos. My boys have asked to check this book from the library out multiple times!
Too Many Pumpkins – This is a classic fictional story about a thrifty gardener who can’t stand pumpkins. Her yard is overtaken by pumpkins and she figures out how to use these pumpkins to serve others and make them happy! It’s a heartwarming tale that’s perfect for this fall season. And the illustrations in this book are absolutely GORGEOUS. The colors and details are so very vivid. I would say it’s a must-read book for fall!
Pumpkin Runner – This is a fun tale about a farmer who is an unconventional participant in a local marathon. It’s a story inspired by the true tale of an Australian farmer who loved to run and won a two-day marathon in his country. The farmer in this book is a kind and generous hero that knows winning isn’t always the reason to run a race. A great story about values, character, integrity, and hard work.
The Pumpkin Patch Parable – a beautiful faith-based book that shows how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a glorious pumpkin full of light and joy. We now have this book on our bookshelf and I love reading it to our boys! I would say it’s a must-have for fall!
I hope you and your family enjoy these books together during the fall season! Make sure you watch for the post on homemade applesauce and the rest of our favorite books all about the fall season and the changing leaves. I would love to hear about your favorite books for Fall! Leave some comments and let me know!