Spring is in the air, and with the spring temps come the “hop-hops” as my Littles lovingly call them. My little boys are absolutely fascinated with bunny rabbits, and they LOVE reading about them in books! I mean LOVE! Here is an assortment of the bunny books we are reading and reading and reading at our house right now.
1. Tops and Bottoms – written and Illustrated by Janet Stevens
I can’t say enough about this book. It is a clever, funny, and amazingly illustrated re-telling of a Trickster Tale. It is a great read aloud for K-3.
2. Bunnies – written and illustrated by Alex Kuskowski ♥♥♥♥
Little Z. and Little B. absolutely love this book. It is an early reader informational book, and is part of a series on baby animals. Bunnies would work well as an introduction to the format of informational text, and because each page is short and and easy to read, it would be useful in teaching non-fiction comprehension skills as well. The large and clear photographs of baby bunnies are a stand-out, and keep my boys happy for a long time! This is a book that works on several levels. (Baby-1)
3. Zomo the Rabbit – written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
Another clever trickster tale (a favorite sub-genre of mine), that is funny, and so well illustrated. This is another book that makes a great read aloud for K-2.
4. Bunny Cakes – written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells
The boys love adventures with Max and Ruby! The interaction between the siblings is priceless, and the gentle humor and preschool friendly illustrations make this a great toddler read aloud choice. (Baby-K)
5. Knuffle Bunny – written and illustrated by Mo Willems
We are big Mo Willems fans, and this book is one of the tops. It is fun for the grown-ups and kids alike. The mixture of photographs and cartoon illustrations fascinates the kids, and we all love the humor. (K-3 + parents and caregivers)
6. So Many Bunnies – written by Rich Walton and illustrated by Paige Miglio ♥♥♥♥
Walton and Miglio have collaborated on several wonderful books about bunnies with human characteristics, but right now the Littles love this one the best. It is a rhyming and ABC book that works well as a bedtime read aloud. My boys love seeing all of the places where the bunnies sleep! (Baby-pre-K)
7. Richard Scarry’s Bunnies – written and illustrated by Richard Scarry
This is Little Z.’s personal favorite. It is an old school Little Golden Book, but it definitely holds up for the toddler set. It is very sweet and has subtle humor too. It is a great lap book to read while snuggling a sweet toddler! (Baby)
8. Too Many Bunnies – written and illustrated by Matt Novak
This book is funny and interactive and features a “fluffle” of bunnies who are trying to find larger quarters. They hop from hole to hole only to fill each one to the brim. The interactive features are much loved around here. (Baby-K)
9. Bunnies Near and Far – written and illustrated by Sarah Jones
This is a wonderful concept book that features opposites and basic counting with a wonderful rhyming pattern. Some rhyming books try too hard, but this one really works. (Baby-K)
10. The Bunnies Picnic – written by Leslie Jones and illustrated by Kay Chorao ♥♥♥
The Littles just had their first picnic a few days ago, and so this book about bunnies AND picnics is in heavy rotation. The boys all love how the bunnies don’t give up when their delicious stew is ruined and they have to start over. (Pre-K – 1)
11. The Bunnies are Not in Their Beds – written and illustrated by Marisabina Russo ♥♥♥♥
This book has a very inviting cover, the illustrations are fresh and fabulous, and features bunny kids who won’t go to bed no matter how exasperated their parents get. It is a fun read aloud that features lots of fun sound words to spice up the engagement. (Pre-K-1)
+1 Bonus Bunny – Pat the Bunny written and illustrated by Dorothy Kunhardt ♥♥♥♥♥
A classic (written in 1940), Pat the Bunny is the original touch and feel book. The interactive qualities and the simple illustrations and text make an absolute must have, and a real winner for babies and toddlers. We are on our fifth copy right now because each one has been well loved by children who really want to pat the bunny over and over. (Baby-Toddler)
If you now have bunnies on the brain and want to keep the bunny magic going at your house…you could try this super cute bunny rabbit “jumping jack” craft.
Did you know that there were so many books about bunny rabbits??? Do you have any favorites that you would like to recommend??? I’d love to hear about them!