Our Favorite September Read Alouds

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Today I’m going to be sharing with you some of our favorite September read alouds. September is simply one of my favorite months. The days start getting a tad shorter, the air becomes crisp and cool, and the leaves start to gently fall from the trees. While all these changes are magnificent, fall also is a time for making memories sitting around a campfire, heading to an apple orchard and so much more.september read alouds

Apples, Apples & More Apples

It just wouldn’t be a September list without adding at least a few apple books. Our family always looks forward to heading to the apple orchard every September, which is why I included several different apple books that are our favorite.  I’ve also included a few activities and experiments that compliment the books.

Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons)Apples for Everyone (Picture the Seasons)


Apples for Everyone
Age: 4-8 Years
Author: Jill Esbaum
Synopsis: Apples for Everyone is a seasonal treasure that will help to shape a National Geographic view of the world for young readers. This delightful look at the fruit of fall is sure to inspire a rich appreciation of all things autumnal.

Johnny AppleseedJohnny Appleseed


Johnny Appleseed
Age: 5-8 Years
Author: Reeve Lindbergh
Synopsis: 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.

How Do Apples Grow?How Do Apples Grow?


How Do Apples Grow
Age: 4-8 Years
Author: Betsy Maestro
Synopsis: Apples
Have you ever eaten part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple! Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit--ready for you to pick!

Who Was Johnny Appleseed?Who Was Johnny Appleseed?


Who Was Johnny Appleseed
Age:8-12 Years
Author:Joan Holub
Synopsis: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 planting orchards that helped nourish new communities. His journeys and adventures are illustrated in a hundred black-and-white illustrations.

While the books listed above are some of my favorite apple books, I don’t want to forget about leaf books.

Trees Are Starting To Change…

Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)


Why Do Leaves Change Color
Age: 4-8 Years
Author: Betsy Maestro
Synopsis: It's fall! The leaves are changing color. This Let's-Read-and-Find-Out picture book explains the magical process of how leaves change their color in autumn.

Red Leaf, Yellow LeafRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf


Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Age: 4-7 Years
Author: Lois Ehlert
Synopsis: Lois Ehlert uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative and rich introduction to the life of a tree. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other facts about trees.

As an Oak Tree GrowsAs an Oak Tree Grows


As An Oak Tree Grows
Age: 5-8 Years
Author: G. Brian Karas
Synopsis: This engaging, eye-opening window into history is perfect for budding historians and nature enthusiasts alike, and the time-lapse quality of the detail-packed illustrations will draw readers in as they pore over each spread to spot the changes that come with each new era. A fact-filled poster is included to add to the fun.

Leaves: An Autumn Pop-up BookLeaves: An Autumn Pop-up Book


Leaves: An Autumn Pop-up Book
Age: 3-8 Years
Author: Janet Lawler
Synopsis: Readers of all ages will enjoy the timeless wonder of autumn leaves in this amazing new pop-up book from paper engineer Yoojin Kim--her first--teamed with award-winning author Janet Lawler and artist Lindsay Dale-Scott. Includes amazing pop-ups, educational information, and delightful interactive elements that offer change and surprise on every page in this lyrical look at Autumn.

Additional FREE Learning Resources

Apple Life Cycle Hat
Johnny Appleseed Printable
Free Apple Writing Activity
Apple Window Craft
Leaf Rubbing Activity Book


Apple Science Experiment
Fall Leaf Science Experiment
Fun Apple Volcano Science Experiment

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