Those of you who work in a school or public library likely know that in between the back-to-school and Halloween book seasons lies yet another season known as “Apple Book Time.” It’s a time of cooler but still pleasant weather, local apple festivals, and field trips to orchards.
The subject of apples encompasses so many different topics and disciplines—seasons, holidays, science, even American history—that it’s really no wonder that there are so many apple books out there. There just might be as many apple books in print as there are apple varieties. (And there’s a lot of those, if this list is any indication.) But they’re all different, and every time we’ve published an apple book, we’ve fallen in love with apples all over again.
Is there a perfect apple variety to go with every apple book? (You know, the way one pairs wine with meals?) We think so. Here’s our most recent bushel of apple books, with our apple recommendations:
An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner, illustrated by Susan Keeter, is a Lady because Harriet Tubman was a true lady. But I also chose this apple because it’s a variety that goes back centuries—showing that is has a strong will, like Harriet—and because it is recommended for a home garden—and that’s what Harriet did when she had her own land. She planted apple trees, so that she could have all the apples she wanted.
Apple Countdown by Joan Holub, illustrated by Jan Smith is a Wealthy because you really need your math skills when you’re wealthy! Actually, the wealthy apple has a long lasting blooming season—much like human beings—and is considered great dessert fare—like a good book.
Apples Here! by Will Hubbell is a Honeycrisp. it’s a very sweet and lovely book for bedtime. It also works especially nicely as a late-Fall, early Winter bedtime book with references to both Hanukkah and Christmas—and this is also the best time for eating Honeycrisps.
Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story by Anna Egan Smucker, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly: this one is a no-brainer—obviously a Golden Delicious apple goes with this one! The first Golden Delicious apple tree was a chance find in a remote area of a farmer’s field and the book—about the discovery of the apple, and its rise to “apple stardom” is a wonderful and surprising find in the lovely wooded area of our backlist.
Happy Apple Book Time! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for a good book to go with the Esopus Spitzenburg.