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Preschool Storytime Ideas

Apples - revised

Apples are a popular storytime theme for Fall, but you can also use this topic for the 2013 Summer Reading Program "Reading is So Delicious!" A crowd favorite is the song "Apples and Bananas," by Raffi, which can be sung at storytime. For a craft project, the children can make simple torn paper apple collages, or paper plate apples: www.mypreschool-crafts.com/apples.html .



Berry, Lynne. DUCKING FOR APPLES.
   Five little ducks ride their bikes to a nearby apple tree to pick apples.

Boldt, Claudia. ODD DOG.
   Peanut the dachshund loves apples, not bones, but is jealous that apples from the tree in his yard will fall into the yard next door.

Church, Caroline. LITTLE APPLE GOAT.
   A little goat plants apples, cherries, and pears for all the animals on the farm.

Gravett, Emily. ORANGE PEAR APPLE BEAR.
   Colors, shapes, and food are explored in this simple but joyous book.

Hutchins, Pat. TEN RED APPLES.
   Animal sounds fill this classic picture book that encourages counting.

Lipson, Eden Ross. APPLESAUCE SEASON.
   A family buys a variety of apples at the Farmers' Market and makes applesauce.

McClure, Nikki. APPLE.
   Deceptively simple cut paper illustrations depict how an apple grows; this book uses minimal text to clearly tell the story.

Martin, Bill. CHICKA, CHICKA, ONE, TWO, THREE.
   In this rhyming story, numbers climb up an apple tree.

Martin, David. ALL FOR PIE, PIE FOR ALL.
   Mama Cat makes a pie for her family - the crumbs are enjoyed by mice and ants that live nearby.

Murray, Alison. APPLE PIE ABC.
   A puppy tries to get to the apple pie in this fun alphabet story.

Shapiro, Jody F. UP, UP, UP! IT'S APPLE-PICKING TIME.
   Myles and his family go to his grandparents' apple orchard in California to help with the harvest.

Thompson, Lauren. THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED.
   In this cumulative tale patterned after “The House That Jack Built,” Papa bakes an apple pie.

VanHecke, Susan. AN APPLE PIE FOR DINNER.
   Granny has everything to make an apple pie except apples, so she goes off with a basket of plums to see if she can make a trade.

Vasquez, Natalia. TEN LITTLE APPLES.
   A dial embedded into the book turns, which makes it look like apples are falling off a tree as they are counted.






Also see the previous Apple storytime ideas page from September 2002.


Penny Peck,
November, 2012


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