DIY Digital Storytime: Johnny Appleseed

If you just can’t make it to storytime at the library, share these stories at home, at school, or at daycare for the next best thing.  All you need is your library card and a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an Internet connection.

Painting of Johnny Appleseed in an orchard

We’re going to log in to Bookflix again today for another tale from Frontier times.

Today’s theme:

Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed book cover

John Chapman was his real name, but almost everyone remembers him by his legendary name—Johnny Appleseed—the man who sprinkled apple seeds and planted trees all across the Midwest. His legacy remains strong today—not only for his botanical achievements, but also for the stories that he shared with children, presented here at their very best in verse and art.  You can find his story in the People and Places category, or if you’ve already logged in, just click on the book cover above.  Before you read, introduce kids to the word of the dayorchard- a kind of farm for fruit trees.

People and Places iconWhen you’re finished with the poem, read or listen to Johnny Appleseeed’s biography.

Johnny Appleseed book cover

Kids of all ages will enjoy singing Raffi’s Apples & Bananas song, which is a fun way to work on phonics skills!

For a fun post-reading activity, go to the grocery store and purchase several different varieties of apples or products made from apples.  Take them home for a taste test!

Check out the bookshelves below for more resources about Johnny Appleseed and apples:

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Natalie is a Kids Librarian with a background in teaching. She delights in spreading bookjoy to people of all ages. She also takes interest in cycling, creating art, social justice, raising small livestock, and making music.