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Are you looking for literature to support classroom instruction about Apples? Check out Our Editors’ Choices for titles recommended by the Education World team. Then it's your turn to share books that you enjoy or use in your classroom in the Our Readers’ Voices section below. With your help, we will build the best list on the Internet of Best Books for teaching about Apples.



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by Jerry Pallotta
Author Jerry Pallotta and illustrator Rob Bolster use a variety of different apples to teach kids all about fractions in this innovative and enjoyable book. Playful elves demonstrate how to divide apples into halves, thirds, fourths, and more. Young readers will also learn about varieties of apples, including Golden and Red Delicious, Granny Smiths, Cortlands, and even Asian Pears.

by Dr. Seuss
Children laugh and count as a lion, dog, and tiger show their balancing skills in this rhyming tale from Dr. Seuss. One, two, three apples and more are perched on top of their heads. No matter how they are asked to stop, these animals won't let their apples drop. Until, of course, everything goes "plop"! Part of the I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books series from Random House.

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by Betsy Maestro
Beginning with the bare branches of winter, the Maestros describe the apple until the time of picking. The parts of the flower are presented in a simple manner and labeled. Fertilization is also discussed in a way that is easily understood. The text is brief, but adequate in content, and soft watercolor illustrations enhance the text. This story is an excellent addition to celebrations of Johnny Appleseed's birthday. (School Library Journal)

by Joan Holub
Here's the perfect biography to "bite into" at the start of a new school year! Children are sure to be fascinated by the eccentric and legendary Johnny Appleseed, a man who is best known for bringing apple trees to the Midwest. Over John Chapman's lifetime, he saw the country grow and start to spread westward. Traveling alone -- in bare feet and sporting a pot on his head! -- Johnny left his own special mark by planting orchards that helped nourish new communities. Part of the Who Was.? series from Grosset & Dunlap.

by Zoe Hall
From bud to fruit, two children follow the cycle of an apple tree as it is nurtured through the seasons. This book incorporates the role of bees and the weather in the production of the fruit. Another use of the tree is shown, as a pair of robins build their nest and begin a family. The large pictures and text are suitable for young children. An end note shows how bees pollinate the tree's flowers and offers a recipe for apple pie. (School Library Journal)

by Eve Bunting
Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn't speak. It's hard being the new kid in school, especially when you're from another country and don't know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.

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