Rabbit Book Roundup


Rabbit Book Roundup


This week, Little M. and I have been exploring the world of rabbits. Here are the books that we enjoyed the most this week:

Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems:  This endearing story follows a baby in her quest to find her favorite stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny.  The baby's parents don't understand her, and she is left helpless unable to communicate her needs.  I think that this story appeals to much older children who are often processing their inability to perfectly communicate their inner world to others.  Very entertaining read for both of us.

Rabbit: Watch Me Grow, Lisa Magloff: Explore the life cycle of a rabbit with this cute nonfiction book. Learn more about where rabbits live, what they eat, and how they take care of their young.

Hop, Bunny! Explore the Forest, Susan B. Neuman: This simply written reader explores the rabbit in it's natural habitat. Discover the plants, other animals, and environment that rabbits live in.

The ABC Bunny, Wanda Gag: This alphabet book tells the story of a little bunny exploring its natural world. The rabbit gets scared and runs off and finds his way back home as the reader makes their way through the alphabet. Short rhyming text makes this a nice pick for younger children. Little M. enjoyed this when she was a baby!

Rabbits & Raindrops, Jim Arnosky: A mother rabbit cares for her babies in this cute story. This is a great choice if you are looking for realism (no talking/anthropomorphized animals or magic).

The Spring Rabbit, Joyce Dunbar: An only child anxiously awaits spring and the arrival of his siblings. This would make a great choice for expectant siblings.

Bunny's Noisy Book, Margaret Wise Brown: A young rabbit experiences the sounds of his natural environment. Very engaging book that invites the reader to participate with lots of questions.

Black and White Rabbit's ABC, Alan Baker: This alphabet book tells the story of a little rabbit who decides to make a still life picture for his mother. The story goes through the whole process that the main character uses to create his art.

Gray Rabbit's Odd One Out, Alan Baker: This book fits into the, “What doesn't belong?” category. Little M. finds it absolutely delightful to call out the misfit objects. This was her top pick for the week.

Brown Rabbit's Shape Book, Alan Baker: Brown Rabbit gets a present! Your child gets to explore various shapes as Brown Rabbit opens his gift.

Gray Rabbit's 1, 2, 3, Alan Baker: Gray Rabbit explores play dough in this book. He makes various objects to represent each number 1-10 in this cute counting book.

Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney: This is a great book for Dads to read to their children. So many books feature great mom characters, but this book shows the love between a father and son.

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown: This classic bedtime story appeals to every child I have ever met. However, there is absolutely nothing saying that you have to limit your reading of this book to bedtime!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter: This is an exciting story about a little bunny who barely escapes from the farmer's garden. I omitted the bit at the beginning about Peter's father being baked into a pie because I felt that it was too graphic for a two year old.

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Beatrix Potter: I absolutely love the language with which this book is written. Unlike so many authors, Beatrix Potter seems to use the fullness of the English language. Little M. seemed to enjoy it too, requesting it a few times. I did omit the part of the book where the little bunnies are physically punished (hit with a stick by Benjamin Bunny's father) again, because I felt that was too mature of a conversation to have with a two year old. 

I hope you found this list of books helpful.  Please let me know your favorite bunny books in the comments.  If you enjoyed this, please consider sharing!
 

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