September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day! This American pioneer was responsible for introducing apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the northern part of West Virginia. He became an American legend for his kindness, generosity, leadership, and appreciation for nature. Help us commemorate his birth on September 26, 1774, and crack open a great read!
Johnny Appleseed: a tall tale by Steven Kellogg
Presents the larger-than-life story of true American hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude. John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774, loved animals and nature so much that he left home to live in the wilderness. Wherever he roamed, he cleared the land to plant apple trees. He gave the trees to settlers who followed, thus earning the fond name "Johnny Appleseed."
Johnny Appleseed: the man, the myth, the American story by Howard Means
A biography of John Chapman from his early years working in the orchards to his fame in the Midwest and the myths that surround him. This portrait of Johnny Appleseed restores the flesh-and-blood man beneath the many myths. It captures the boldness of an iconic American life and the sadness of his last years, as the frontier marched past him, ever westward. And it shows how death liberated the legend and made of Johnny a barometer of the nation’s feelings about its own heroic past and the supposed Eden it once had been. It is a book that does for America’s inner frontier what Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage did for its western one.
Seed by Seed: the legend and legacy of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman by Esme Raji Codell; illustrations by Lynne Rae Perkins
His real name was John Chapman. He grew apples. Why should he be remembered, more than 200 years after he was born? Codell and Perkins show in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures why Johnny Appleseed matters now. Full color.