Biographies are such a neat way to introduce different science or history topics to my children. In this case, learning about Johnny Appleseed’s life is a neat segue to studying apples and how they grow.
Because this is a topic we come back to over and over, I decided to purchase several books for our home library.
While we don’t purchase books on every topic (love that public library!), I do try to purchase books on the topics we love, since it’s important to me to have a plethora of books for my children to choose from.
Make sure you check out this post on Johnny Appleseed Printables and Unit Study Resources.
You can plan your whole unit study from this one post!
Books About Johnny Appleseed
These particular ones are the Johnny Appleseed books we go to time and time again. We pick up on something new each time we read them!
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Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
We have several favorite books when it comes to studying John Chapman, and this is one of those! Steven Kellogg is an author I seek out often for historical books for kids.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful and the text is perfect for my young learners. It gives just the right amount of factual information.
We own it and love it!
The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed by Margaret Hodges
I believe this book is now out of print, but if you can find it at your library, make sure you check it out!
This is also another favorite Johnny Appleseed book that we read year round. The author’s style is a delight and the illustrations are just the icing on the cake.
A must read in any Johnny Appleseed study!
Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth by Jane Yolen
What a fun book this is!
There is a poetry verse at the top of each page with factual text backing it up. This unique style paired with the fabulous illustrations are a total win!
The Story of Johnny Appleseed – by Aliki
This book is perfect for the Kindergarten and First Grade crowd.
The illustrations are beautiful and the story is told in a simple, gentle way.
Who Was Johnny Appleseed? by Joan Holub
The ‘Who Was…’ series is one that I go to often when choosing books for my young learners.
This particular book is perfect for independent reading for a child who is just starting beginning chapter books. The text is larger, there is ample amount of white space on the page, and there are pictures sprinkled throughout.
It also makes a great, simple read aloud if you have only youngers!
Johnny Appleseed: My Story by David L. Harrison
While we don’t own this book, we have checked it out of our library multiple times! I always seem to have a young reader on my hands, and this fits perfectly into an apple unit study.
As to be expected, the text is simple for young readers, but it’s packed with facts and neat information!
What are YOUR favorite books about Johnny Appleseed?
Also, make sure you don’t miss this set of Johnny Appleseed Coloring Pages!