Every October, a friend of mine sets aside one weekend to make apple butter. This event, which has been a part of her family for generations, draws relatives from across the nation. Processing bushels of apples into apple butter is hard work that requires many hands. But overall, everyone returns each year because apple butter weekend is a wonderful opportunity to create family memories.
This same sense of family ties, dedication and togetherness is beautifully depicted in the book “Applesauce Day” by Lisa J. Amstutz. From picking the apples from the trees to cooking them in the same pot used by their ancestors, Maria and her family share a special family tradition. And while the apples cook, family members reminisce about past applesauce days and look forward to future times together.
Celebrate October (and apples!) with your family! Here are just a few of the delicious titles we have on hand.
- “Let’s Cook With Apples! Delicious & Fun Apple Dishes Kids Can Make” by Nancy Tuminelly
- “Apple Cake: A Recipe for Love” by Julie Paschkis
- “Apples” by Erika L. Shores
- “Apple” by Dawn Bluemel Oldfield
- “Apples and Robins” by Lucie Felix
- “Apples for Little Fox” by Ekaterina Trukhan
- “Ten Apples Up on Top!” by Theo Le Sieg
- “Apples in Fall” by Mari C. Schuh
- “Apple to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (and Children) Across the Plains” by Deborah Hopkinson
- “Apples, Apples, Apples” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- “Applesauce Season” by Eden Ross Lipson
- “Apples Grow on a Tree” by Mari C. Shuh
For some additional seasonal fun, select an apple themed DVD. Here are a few from our collection.
- “Apples & Bananas” by The Wiggles
- “The Apple Tree & the Honey Bee” by the Bari Koral Family Rock Band
- “Chicka Chicka 1,2,3: And More Stories About Counting“
- “How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World“