5 Books about Apples to Celebrate National Apple Pie Day

The Joyous Living: 5 books featuring apples for National Apple Pie Day

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Happy National Apple Pie Day!

I must confess – I LOVE a good apple pie – especially from Marie Callendars.

What do you prefer – Dutch or Original?

To celebrate National Apple Pie Day, since it is not likely I will make it to Marie Callendars to pick up a pie due to Covid-19, I have put together a list of 5 fun books featuring apples. Enjoy!

#1. The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)


Ages.

All

Trivia.

The Giving Tree was banned from a Colorado public library in 1988 because it was interpreted as being sexist.

Publisher’s Official Description.

“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.”

So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

Favorite Quote.

“Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
And the boy did.
And the tree was happy.

#2. The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis)


Ages.

6+

Trivia.

C.S. Lewis originally titled the book Polly and Digory.

Publisher’s Official Description.

NARNIA…where the woods are thick and cold, where Talking Beasts are called to life…a new world where the adventure begins.

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory’s Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to…somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion’s song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return home.

Quotes.

“All get what they want; they do not always like it.”

#3. Twilight (Stephenie Meyers)


Ages.

Teens+. There is no adult language nor sexual situations. However, there is thematic violence (Vampires and Werewolves).

Trivia.

The idea for Twilight came from a dream Stephenie Meyer had on June 2, 2003 that became known as Chapter 13.

Publisher’s Official Description.

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Quotes.

“It’s twilight. It’s the safest time of day for us. The easiest time. But also the saddest, in a way…the end of another day, the return of the night. Darkness is so predictable, don’t you think?”

#4. Snow White (Faerie Tale Collection) (Jenni James)


Ages.

young adult

Trivia.

Jenni James is the mother of 10 kids.

Publisher’s Official Description

For fans of fairy tale romance, Grimms fairy tales, fairy tale retellings, and classics!

An enchanted mirror, a tale of envy—

Raven and Snow White have been the greatest of friends for years, so when Snow’s father, King Herbert, and Raven’s mother, Queen Melantha, wed, the girls’ dreams come true—now they are sisters! However, in an act of exceeding folly, the king presents his new bride with the enchanted Lythereon Mirror as a wedding gift. Its dark power soon corrupts the queen.

Prince Corlan, Raven’s brother, is determined to find a way to destroy the mirror before he loses his mother completely—or it kills them all. Already the queen’s envy of Snow has become obvious. Corlan has been in love with Snow White since they were children and would do anything to protect the beautiful princess, even defy his mother. But when Queen Melantha uses the mirror to force Corlan into killing Snow, he knows it will take a battle of great strength to outwit the evil spell surrounding him and save the girl he loves.

Quotes.

“Grace of the Almighty, the Truth you can withstand all, the Hope life will get better, Love over everything, Peace which dwells within, Joy at life and all her ups and downs, and Brave—the ability to face it all without fear.”

#5. Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny (Aileen Bordman, Derek Fell)


Ages.

All

Trivia.

The forward was written by Meryl Streep.

Publisher’s Official Description.

The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet beckons one to take a culinary journey in Monet’s footsteps. Written by filmmaker Aileen Bordman and garden writer Derek Fell, the book includes sixty recipes linked to Monet’s two-acre kitchen garden near his home at Giverny, France. Included is detailed information about the vegetables he grew, plus exquisite photographs and descriptions of the house interiors and gardens capturing Monet’s extraordinary lifestyle; French tips for entertaining; as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited.

Favorite Recipe.

Camembert Fritters

I hope you’ve enjoyed this lighthearted list in honor of National Apple Pie Day. And don’t forget you can always download Kindle books thanks to your library or school’s Overdrive! Don’t have an account through your library? You can still sign up for an electronic account online!

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11 Comments

  1. A beautiful list of books ! Have read some of them and never heard of a few. Need to check them out! What a thoughtful way to celebrate apple pie day by dedicating it to reading one of these books!

  2. Must admit that the only book from this list I’ve read is Snow White, I wasn’t aware Twilight had so much to do with apples until now

  3. Haha this is like a whole new area that I haven’t know before. Thanks for sharing! Perhaps I will try one of the books.

  4. I love apple pie so much, is my favorite pie. All this books are very interesting and I didn’t know that that apple pie had a national day that’s a Yummy holiday

  5. I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations. These sounds like an interesting premise. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  6. I love your read recommendations! Just downloaded a few to my Kindle. Especially anything written by C.S. Lewis!

  7. Speaking of Twilight series, there is a new book coming. I wonder what is the reaction about this? Will you be reviewing it?

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