It’s time for our thoughts to turn to spring! For a hopping-great time, here are some fun bunny books (that are not Easter books). Each is very different, but great for storytime.
Big Bad Bunny by Alan Durant
Had your fill of the Easter Bunny? Then meet Big Bad Bunny. He’s coming to steal your money! Big Bad Bunny bullies Little Chick, Little Squirrel, and Little Goat. Is no one safe? Finally, Wise Old Bunny gives him his just desserts, and Big Bad Bunny turns into…Really Nice Bunny! Set in the Wild West, this rhythmic, very silly story about a mischievous bunny’s turnabout is great fun to read aloud.
Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald
Pickin’ peas. Land on my knees! sings a pesky rabbit as he merrily eats his way through the pea patch Little Girl has planted. But when Little Girl snatches him up and takes him home to put in a box until pea season is over, the rabbit is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is based on two folktales collected in Alabama and Virginia at the end of the last century. The lively storytelling voice of Margaret Read MacDonald, matched with Pat Cummingss bright, bold pictures, makes this funny battle-of-wits tale perfect to tell out loud, letting everyone share in the fun of chanting its rhymic refrain!
It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
Unhappy being a bunny, P.J. Funnybunny tries living with bears, birds, beavers, pigs, moose, possums, and skunks.
Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Introducing Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny! She is the BEST bunjitsu artist in her school, and she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else! But she never hurts another creature . . . unless she has to.
This series of brief stories about Isabel’s adventures are a beguiling combination of child-friendly scenarios and Eastern wisdom perfect for the youngest readers.
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies by Andrea Beaty
When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are unusually well-prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky.
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein
Welcome to the world of Runny Babbit and his friends Toe Jurtle, Skertie Gunk, Rirty Dat, Dungry Hog, Snerry Jake, and many others who speak a topsy-turvy language all their own.
So if you say,
Let’s bead a rook
That’s billy as can se
Runny Babbit talk,
Just like mim and he.
After reading some bunny stories, make a bunny of your own! Super Cute Sock Bunny instructions courtesy of Canadian Family and Paper Bag Bunny instructions courtesy of Craft Elf.