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As Johnny Appleseed Day rolls around on March 11, add one or more of these Johnny Appleseed books for preschool to your reading list.
Whether you’re celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day on March 11 or you’re looking for books to add to your apple-themed fall lesson plans, this collection of picture books is a great place to start your search.
johnny appleseed books for kids
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of books about Johnny Appleseed that will help your preschoolers learn about the life and times of Johnny Appleseed.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Johnny Appleseed – In this simple yet lively book, preschoolers will be introduced to John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Lyrical text and bright, appealing artwork capture the essence of this important American.
Johnny Appleseed – Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.
Johnny Appleseed – The larger-than-life story of a true American hero — John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Kellogg “is ideal as interpreter of this fascinating man.
Johnny Appleseed – Everyone knows the legend of Johnny Appleseed, the man from Massachusetts who planted apple trees all the way to California. But the true story of Johnny Appleseed, or John Chapman, is even greater than the legend.
Seed By Seed – This story show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.
Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend – Everyone knows the story of Johnny Appleseed: how he traveled westward across our young country, spreading apple trees wherever he went and wearing outlandish hats, like a soup pot, on his head. But did you know that Johnny Appleseed was a real person?
Johnny Appleseed – This beautifully illustrated retelling shows how Johnny Appleseed bloomed from a young boy who loved the outdoors into the legendary man who spread apple trees all across the United States.
Johnny Appleseed – For Johnny Appleseed, nothing is better than a fresh apple. From the East Coast to the West, Johnny roamed the land and planted his trees ― and had many adventures in between!
Johnny Appleseed – Recounts legends about Johnny Appleseed, including his friendship with the wild animals, his cooking pot hat, and the thousands of apple trees he planted on the trails West
Johnny Appleseed – Sung to the tune “The Muffin Man,” this rhyming title will have students giggling as they learn the tale of Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed Plants Trees Across the Land – Ever hear of a fellow named Johnny Appleseed? They say he had a wolf as a pet and could heal wounds with his own two hands! But did you know that he spread apple seeds across the American frontier? Kick off your boots and listen to this fascinating story of Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed – Story begins: Johnny dug his little holes and planted apple seeds, and he dug, and he planted some more, until the whole countryside around his home was dotted with fine young apple trees…
Johnny Appleseed – Tells the tale of John Chapman, a frontier man who worked to make the country a better place. Readers will follow him on his journey and find out why he was called Johnny Appleseed.
Johnny Appleseed – Known to early settlers as a gentle soul with a reverence for all life, Johnny never missed a chance to save an abandoned animal or to savor a delicious apple pie.
Johnny Appleseed: My Story – Johnny Appleseed was an important historical figure, well known for planting apple orchards across the new frontier. But he was also a master storyteller! In his own folksy voice, Johnny Appleseed tells his story to a couple of entranced children.
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
This Johnny Appleseed felt board set can be used for basic counting, learning the tale of Johnny Appleseed, discussing parts of an apple or talking about what can be made from apples.
This printable play set encourages kids to engage in dramatic play as they act out the story of Johnny Appleseed with three dimensional figures. They make great puppets!