Themed Book Collection: Autumn Apple Adventures

*Introducing MaiStoryBook’s first Fall Themed Book  Collection of the season:*

Autumn Apple Adventures

After an *almost* unbearably hot summer of sandals and sundresses, I’m ready to trade in my tank tops for checkered flannels and my beach towels for knitted quilts. My senses are already tingling with the arrival of fall!  I can  imagine  the cozy glow of my room, enshrouded with the scent of pumpkin pecan waffle candles. My tastebuds are craving that warm sip of cider and bite of freshly baked apple pie.  My skin is bracing for the cool crisp autumn breezes, and yearning for the warmth of goose-down jackets and soft woolen sweaters. With all of these delightful autumn feelings, what better way to start off the season than with a mini fall break getaway to Julian, a quaint little mountain town in *apple* country.

*Apples* ~ the epitome of fall flavors: apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, apple fritters, freshly picked apples straight from the tree ~

My taste buds are watering! And what better way to enjoy these apple treats with your little ones, than to snuggle up  under a pile of blankets, with warm cups of cider or cool glasses of milk, indulging in apple delicacies with an apple themed children’s book read aloud in hand. Enjoy some fall downtime with your child, diving into a read aloud world of apple adventures, immersing your minds *and filling your mouths* with the essence of autumn.

So here is MaiStoryBook’s recommended reading list for an Autumn Apple Adventure! Please comment below and share your own apple adventure reading favorites to add to the list. I’ll add recommendations throughout the month ~ so that we can grow a thriving orchard of apple adventures!

Recommended Reading List: Autumn Apple Adventures

  1. Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
  2. The Growing-Up Tree by Vera Rosenberry
  3. The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven
  4. The Apple King by Francesca Bosca
  5. Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Upon, Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
  6. Toto’s Apple by Mathieu Lavoie
  7. Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie by Robbin Gourley
  8. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

Take a sneak-peek inside this book collection:

  • Little Apple Goat
    • Little Apple Goat loves eating fruit from the abundant orchards on the farm. But one stormy night, the fruit trees are destroyed and the orchard is cleared. With fall soon approaching, and the farm animals anxiously anticipating the fruit harvest, will there be an autumn miracle on Little Apple Goat’s farm? A book filled with sweet illustrations and a cute little goat character, this book introduces young children to the changing seasons.
  • The Growing Up Tree
    • A generational tale of a boy and the apple tree he grows up with. When Alfred was a baby, his mama planted an apple seed from the most delicious apple she had ever eaten. Over the years, Alfred and the tree grow together, experiencing life and its stages. When Alfred dies of old age, the tree subsequently is struck down by the wind. However the circle of life continues as a small seedling sprouts from the split trunk of the tree. Great read for introducing the cycle of life and generations of people and living things.

  • The Apple Doll
    • A delightful tale of a young girl finding a way to connect her home-life with her school-life, sharing her special apple doll made from the apples of her very own apple tree with her new friends. The intricate instructions offer plenty for children to explore with each turning of the page. Plus, instructions are included on how to make your very own apple doll from real apples!
  • The Apple King
    • When worms invade the kings precious apple tree, he is outraged!! No one is allowed to touch the apples on his tree except him! Thus follows a series of events as the king tries every which way to rid the worms from his trees: magic, use of force, bribes, etc. However, the king will soon learn the important purpose of the worms in helping his beloved apple tree grow. In this satisfying story, a selfish king learns the joy of sharing and the happiness it brings.

  • Applesauce Season
    • The perfect story to get your tastebuds tingling for the tastes of fall, this story recounts a family’s applesauce-making tradition, describing the process from the beginning peeling of the apples to the final cooling and tasting, to the family reunion gathered around the resulting applesauce feast. Grab some bowls of apple sauce and discover with your child how applesauce is made with this colorfully illustrated tale of fall and family.
  • Toto’s Apple
    • Toto the worm spies an apple. He wants it. Problem is, Toto is way down on the ground, and the apple is way high up in the tree. When a bird flies by, an idea pops into Toto’s mind! Follow Toto through a sequence of clever attempts to reach his desired apple. Will he find a way to attain that satisfyingly sweet apple crunch??

  • Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie
    • In this story about Edna Lewis, champion of the farm-to-table movement and local cuisine, we discover the roots of Lewis’ passion for using the freshest ingredients in her cooking. Decorated with beautiful watercolor illustrations, this story weaves together songs, folk rhymes, and five enticing kids-recipes to introduce children to the idea of where there food comes from, and the bounties of food each season brings.
  • How to Make and Apple Pie and See the World
    • When you and your little one want to make an apple pie but discover that the store is closed… what’s the solution? Well, stores are open in *other parts of the world~* Indulge in a warm slice of apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream with your child as you dive into this story and travel the globe in search of the perfect ingredients to make your own apple pie. Wheat from Italy, milk form England’s pastures of cows, and apples straight from the trees of Vermont ~ I can already smell the warm cinnamon scent wafting from the oven!

*~I hope you enjoyed this mini Autumn Apple Adventure! Please comment below and share your own favorite autumn apple children’s books  to add to this themed collection.~*

*~Also, I’d love to  see and hear about your own Autumn Apple Read Aloud Adventures, so please share your experiences below in the comments – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary  – or post on MaiStoryBook’s FaceBook page!~*

Plus, checkout out a read aloud of  my current Fall Favorite Story here. 

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*

Themed Book Collection: *Mai* Childhood Bookshelf

So I decided to change this category from the Theme of the Month, to Themed Book Collections. There are just too many good books to recommend for only one book collection per month! This way, I get to share with you all more themed collections and more fantastic children’s books throughout the whole month!

*Introducing MaiStoryBooks’s first Themed Book Collection:*

*Mai* Childhood Bookshelf

Earlier this week, I climbed the rickety green ladder to the loft in my sister’s room, where a small bookshelf and miniature teddy bear couch created a cozy kids reading nook. Combing through a slightly dusty shelf of my old children’s books, I delved into flashbacks from the past: of pleas of *one more book* to avoid the inevitable nap time, of a slightly exasperated parent sneakily attempting to skip pages during the  20th reading of the same book *p.s. they weren’t successful- I knew the story inside and out by the 5th reading*, of *reading* to my younger brother- ignoring the unknown words and recreating versions of my own retelling.  Pulling out a pile of my favorites, I recalled my childhood as a little bookworm ~ the excitement of a bookstore + Jamba Juice smoothie outing, a library trip as a treat, the thrill of painting my own wooden bookcase to store my growing collection of books~ and I can’t wait to pass on this love for books to my own little ones ~ both as a teacher and a future parent!

For this first Themed Book Collection, I’m excited to share some of my favorite children’s books from my very own *childhood bookshelf*, plus maybe you’ll have a mini flashback of your own with these slightly older children books. Enjoy sharing with your child some of your own childhood favorites, perhaps something your parents read to you when you were younger~ connect the reading loop~!

So here is MaiStoryBook’s recommended reading list for the *Mai* childhood bookshelf theme – a collection of books that held my heart as a child. Please comment below and share your own childhood favorites to add to the list! I’ll add recommendations throughout the month ~ so that we can grow a community collection of children’s books from our very own *Childhood Bookshelves*

Recommended Reading List: *Mai* Childhood Bookshelf

  1. Let’s Go Froggy by Jonathan London
  2. Five Little Monkeys With Nothing To Do by Eileen Christelow
  3. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  4. The Jolly Pocket Postman by Janet & Allen Ahlberg
  5. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd
  6. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
  7. Chips & Cookie: The First Adventure by Peg Kehret, Illustrated by Leslie Beaber
  8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond
  9. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  11. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  12. Ten Items or Less by Stephanie Calmenson, Illustrated by Terri Super
  13. The Timid Little Kitten by Barbara Shook Hazen, Illustrated by Jan Pfloog
  14. Let’s Talk About…After Dark by Maria Vendrell & Rosa Capdevila
  15. Madeline in America by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Marciano
  16. Time for Bed by Men Fox, Illustrated by Jane Dyer
  17. Maya and The Town that Loved a Tree by Kiki & Kathryn Shaw, Illustrated by Kiki

Take a sneak-peek inside this book collection:

  • Let’s Go Froggy
    • Anyone read the Froggy books? The most outrageous little guy goes on the most hilarious daily adventures! Even the dentist is enjoyable with Froggy
  • Five Little Monkeys With Nothing To Do 
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    • Five Little Monkeys= five times as much mischief and fun
  • The Jolly Pocket Postman 
    • Delightful interactive book with envelopes with a actual pull out letters for different fairytale characters

  • The Runaway Bunny 
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? 
    • 2 similar books: both involve little ones testing the limits of their mother’s love, only to find that a mother’s love is limitless and unconditional. No matter what, mama loves you!

  • Chips & Cookie: The First Adventure 
    • As a child, I spent hours pouring over illustrations of a cookie candy land with a chocolate river. Perfect book for pairing with a warm batch of cookies and cool glass of milk.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    • The little ones can make the biggest mess~ Give a mouse a cookie, and enjoy the tumultuous adventure that ensues. A classic!

  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
    • A little chameleon tries to find his own color. A fun story about finding your true self and discovering who you are.
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    • Another classic of unconditional love ~
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
    • One of my favorite illustrators and storytellers, this interactive book teaches time with a series of flaps, colorful illustrations, and a quirky ladybug character.

  • Ten Items or Less 
    • Every kid has that book they read 50,000 times in a row: this was mine. The predictable counting scheme in this Little Golden Book, plus the enticement of watermelon, cereal, cookie snacks, and a special prize at the end captivated my wonder!
  • The Timid Little Kitten 
    • Another Little Golden Book, I couldn’t resist that adorable kitten! A sweet tale of finding your courage.
  • Let’s Talk About…After Dark 
    • As a child, I was terrified of the dark *honestly, still slightly am* This story relieved some of my fright by explaining all the living, hustling, and bustling continuing throughout the night and around the world. Plus, it’s a dual language book, written both in English and Vietnamese.

  • Madeline in America 
    • My favorite little girl growing up. In love with the cartoon TV show, I enjoyed the storybook version, relating the characters on the pages to the mini characters in my mind from the show. Engaging tales of a spunky little girl and her 11 other sister-friends.
  • Time for Bed
    • My official bedtime good night story, mainly I loved the illustrations of the baby animals and mama animals. The pages are filled with cute, comforting animals and a rhythmic storyline.
  • Maya and The Town that Loved a Tree
    • Main appeal: The book bears my namesake. However, this is a beautiful story about the environment and the power of trees and nature to bring people happiness and joy, and the importance of protecting our trees.

*~I hope you enjoyed this mini journey through my childhood bookshelf! Please comment below and share your own favorite children’s books from your childhood to add to this themed collection~*

Plus, checkout out a read aloud of one of my current favorites here. 

*~Until Next Time, Happy Reading~*


Coming Soon- September!

Theme of the Month Book Collection

Check back early September, for the first Theme of the Month Book Collection.

Monthly Themed Book Collections will be released on the first of every month. (with exception of the first of the month falling on a Friday *Friday= MaiStoryBook Library day*). Each Theme post contains an initial Recommended Reading List of Books related to the month’s theme- it will be updated and added to as the month progresses.

If you have any suggestions to add to the reading list for any of the months, or a suggested theme or reading list you’d like to see, please comment below the posts or contact me ! There are so many amazing books, I’ll need your help to spotlight them all!