Yes, Johnny Appleseed was a real person. His real name was John Chapman and he was born September 26, 1774. A skilled nurseryman (one who grows trees or plants and sells them for profit), he supplied the pioneers of the Mid-west with apple seeds. He deeply cared for animals, even insects, and was very religious. Chapman died March 1845, and is buried in Fort Wayne, IN.
Want to learn more about the man known as Johnny Appleseed? Here are some websites to start:
Want to read about Chapman and the apples that he loved?For non-fiction books, look under juvenile biographies ( listed as JUV B APP and first four letters of author’s last name). For fiction, see Appleseed, Johnny-Juvenile Fiction.
Now here are some books on apples. ( For more, see apples-juvenile literature for non-fiction books and apples-juvenile fiction for stories featuring apples).
- The Apple-Pip Princess-Jane Ray
- Apple Farmer Annie-Monica Wellington
- Amelia Bedelia's First Apple Pie-Herman Parrish
- I am An Apple-Jean Marzollo
- Apples-Gail Gibbons