September is apple season and we have already made our way to the local orchard to gather our half bushel of Honey Crisps. There’s something about apples that gives off a hint of fall even though the temperatures are still saying it’s summer. Apple season came early this year due to a warm spring so make sure you don’t miss the fantastic crops out there and try something new.
Here’s a collection of apple themed books and snack ideas to enjoy while reading.
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg
In true Dr. Seuss fashion, the rhymes about how three friends trying to outdo each other balancing apples on their head will bring giggles to all kids.
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
This story tells of the life of a very special apple tree and the little boy that loves it.
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook by Amy Traverso
Think beyond applesauce and try some of these simple and easy recipes that will start traditions and become family classics.
Apples A to Z by Margaret McNamara
An ABC book featuring different kinds of apples.
Apples but Elaine Landau
A true book about the growing and history of apples. A nonfiction work that could be used for research.
Apple Snack Ideas
Use your favorite apple variety for these simple snack ideas. Encourage independence by letting children be involved in preparing their own treats. Allow your child to help spreading, sprinkling and dipping. Invest in a kid friendly knife to show them how to safely cut an apple and other produce. Giving a child tools of their own can positively impact healthy eating habits. Here are some delicious ways to eat apples:
• Apple wedges spread with peanut butter and covered with crushed granola
• Apple slices lightly coated with honey and chopped peanuts
• Top butter cracker with thin sliced apple and sliced cheddar
• Mix creamy vanilla yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon and dip apple slices
• Stuff chopped apples, cinnamon and brown sugar into prepared personal size pie crusts.