Storytime: Apples


EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Vocabulary & Phonological Awareness


Apple by Nikki McClure
Apples and Pumpkins
by Anne F. Rockwell
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Church
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin
Ducking for Apples
by Lynne Berry
A New House for Mouse
by Petr Horacek
Odd Dog
by Claudia Boldt
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Church
Orange Pear Apple Bear
by Emily Gravett
by Gail Gibbons
The Biggest Apple Ever
by Steven Kroll
The Apple Pie Tree
by Zoe Hall
Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz
The Apple Pie That Papa Baked
by Lauren Thompson


  1. Intro
  2. Read-a-Loud Book
  3. Finger Rhyme
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Action Rhyme
  6. Flannelboard
  7. Read-a-Loud Book
  8. Action Rhyme
  9. Craft


Apple Books

One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Ten Red Apples
by Pat Hutchins


Finger Rhyme: Ten Little Apples
One little, two little, three little apples.
Four little, five little, six little apples.
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples.
Ten little apples for me. YUM!

Action Rhyme: The Apple Tree  (via Perry Public Library)
Way up high in the apple tree (hold hands above head)
Two little apples smiled at me (make circles with thumb and forefinger of each hand, smile)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree)
Down came the apples (lower hand to the ground and wiggle fingers)
Mmmmmmm! That was good! (take a bite, rub tummy and smile)

Flannelboard: Five Little Apples (modified) (via Abby the Librarian)
Five little apples, sitting on a gate.
The first one says, “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one says, “There is frost in the air!”
The third one says, “We don’t care!”
The fourth one says, “Let’s run, run, run!”
The fifth one says, “Are you ready for some fun?”
Then whooooo went the wind and OUT went the lights,
And the five little appless rolled out of sight.

Action Rhyme: Apple Roll (via Best Kids Book Site by way of Storytime Katie)
Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat? 

CRAFT: Apples!

Apple Craft

The next time I do an apple related storytime session, I intend to make peekaboo apples. However,  this storytime theme followed on the heels of last week’s pumpkin storytime, so I decided to go in a different direction. As per the usual, I put together a quick set of templates, and used them to trace shapes on appropriately colored construction paper. I used a medium-sized, circular squeeze punch to create a ton of circles, and used a handful to fashion the worm. My munchkins love googly eyes so I used them for this project.


Everything went really well during the first storytime session. The mellow class of preschoolers paid rapt attention to the read-a-loud stories, and were into the extension activities. I used a large, plastic apple during the action rhyme: The Apple Tree. My munchkins were delighted when I removed it from the folds of my scarf to take a noisy bite before rubbing my tummy and murmuring “Mmmmm.” I tried a flannelboard version of Five Little Apples (modified version of Five Little Pumpkins) and it went really well this week (not sure what the issue was last week). I was thrilled to see some of the children jump when I abruptly said, “OUT went the lights!” The second group of preschoolers was a bit rowdier. So we did a few rounds of Dance Your Fingers to chill out and relax. Background noise was louder during some portions of the read-a-loud stories. There was a discordant echo during the reading of Ten Red Apples because the kids mimicked repetitive parts of the story (“fiddle-dee-fee”) and farm animal noises, which is a great means of promoting phonological awareness. The counting and sorting portion of Apple Farmer Annie really lends itself to discussing and listing different types of apples (i.e. Fuji, MacIntosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Braeburn, etc) so I did so while pointing out the different colors of apples and different numbered groupings.


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