Animals

Cat Books

Recently, we adopted two kittens and my son is currently cat-obsessed! We have been reading lots of cat books and made a list of our favorites. It is a mix of old and new books from some of our favorite authors, as well as a few newly-discovered ones! You’ll recognize some of these characters — Pete the Cat, Lola, and Cat from the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie show. We were able to borrow all of them from our local library, so hopefully your library will carry them too!

Cat Books

Twelve Great Cat Books

I Love Cats!

1. I Love Cats! by Sue Stainton–

My son loves this book about a kid who wants the world to know that “I love cats!” The rhyming text and bold, energetic illustrations will keep your child engaged with this cat book. This book highlights all different kinds of cats — scaredy cats, prancing cats, and cuddly cats — in all different colors and sizes. Your child will love looking at the pictures and giggle at the silliness!

Kitten and the Night Watchman

2. Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan–

In this beautifully illustrated book, a night watchman says goodbye to his family and goes to work at a construction site. The night is full of noises from animals and cars, and suddenly, meows from a stray kitten. The watchman is gentle and empathetic with the little cat. The kitten follows the man through the site and they check to make sure all is well. The construction vehicles make whimsical shadows and the night sounds inspire kids to mimic them. Once the man’s shift is done, the kitten gets in the car and heads home with the watchman to meet its new family. Your child will want to pour over the pages and reread this lovely story over and over again.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

3. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin —

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is not only one of my favorites to read at the library’s preschool story-time, but it is one of my son’s favorites too. The book is set up in the call-and-response style, which makes it interactive and fun for both me and my son. You and your child will enjoy chanting along with Pete as his buttons pop off. This is one of the original Pete the Cat books written by Eric Litwin and it is much shorter and more sing-songy than the more recent ones written by James and Kimberly Dean.

Kitten for a Day

4. Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats —

A young puppy stumbles upon a bunch of kittens and wants to play with them. The cats wonder if puppy can be kitten? Sure he can — just watch. Puppy tries his best to copy the kittens, but he is just not as graceful as a cat, or quiet as a cat, or as good at chasing mice. Mama dog comes to fetch her puppy. Will the cats want to play again? Absolutely! And next time they will pretend to be dogs. Your preschooler will giggle at the puppy trying to be a cat. With only a couple words per page, this book encourages children to infer what is happening from the illustrations and tell you the story!

Cat Secrets

5. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj–

This is a fun, interactive book that your preschooler will enjoy 🙂 In order to learn the top-secret cat secrets, the reader must prove they are a cat! Meow, purr, nap, and do other cat-like things to earn the cats’ trust so that the secrets can be revealed to you. Keep a lookout for the sneaky mouse!

Cat Problems

6. Cat Problems by Jory John–

Get ready to laugh as a pampered house cat lists all of its grievances! The sun doesn’t hold still so Cat cannot always be in the sunlight. Sometimes the food gets low, and not only that, but it is dry food instead of wet food. And the other cat gets all of the best napping spots! Plus, the squirrel is outside and Cat is stuck inside. Sigh. I bet you didn’t know it was so hard to be a cat! Even if you don’t have a cat, you will get a laugh out of this book.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

7. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff–

Preschoolers love Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give” series and this cat story will not disappoint. In this book, find out what happens if you give a cat a cupcake! Sprinkles, a mess, a trip to the beach, and a tour of a science museum ensue. Full of silliness, some crazy “ifs,” and a cute cat, preschoolers will enjoy hearing this story over and over again.

Skeleton Cat

8. Skeleton Cat by Kristyn Crow–

Kristyn Crow writes great spooky books for preschoolers! In this rhyming, rocking book, Skeleton Cat comes back to the land of living after his bones are struck by lightning. He goes searching for the perfect band to accompany his drumming. Preschoolers will love the illustrations and the rock-n-roll fun of this book!

Cooking with the Cat

9. Cooking with the Cat by Bonnie Worth–

While not written by Dr. Seuss, this book does feature one of his most famous characters, the Cat in the Hat! Featuring rhymes and plenty of silliness, this short book features the Cat in the Hat cooking up some of his favorite cupcakes. The cat arrives, cookbook and egg beater in hand, to cook with the kids. Readers will see the steps involved with making cupcakes, and enjoy the Cat’s antics.

Keith the Cat With the Magic Hat

10. Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra–

We love the Keith the Cat and His Magic Hat book! An ice cream cone falls on Keith’s head and the other cats make fun of him, so he tells them that it is a magic hat. “Magical” things begin to happen and giggles ensue because as your child will catch on that it really is just a series of coincidences. The story has a great moral to it — treat everyone nicely and don’t make fun of others. The pictures are bright and cheerful too.

Kitten's First Full Moon

11. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes —

My son loves this book. He was skeptical to try it at first because the illustrations are in black and white, but he found the illustrations to be amusing and enjoyed them. This book is a playful and sweet story about a kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk in the sky. She makes numerous (often comical) attempts to reach this bowl of milk. With no luck catching the moon, kitten returns home to find a real bowl of milk waiting for her.

Lola Gets a Cat

12. Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn–

I am a huge fan of the Lola series! Lola is a sweet, imaginative girl who loves books. In this story, Lola wants a cat, but she has to learn how to take care of one before she can have a real cat. Lola reads a book about cat care and practices on one of her toys. Finally Lola is ready for the big responsibility of being a pet owner! Lola adopts a cat from the shelter 🙂 With lots of love, care, and patience, Lola helps her new cat, Makeda, settle into in its new home.

Check your library for these and other cat books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading

Animals, Concepts, Math, Spring, STEM

Bug Graphing

Bug Graphing STEM activity for preschoolers

Add some STEM fun into your preschooler’s learning with this bug graphing activity!

Bug Graphing Activity:

Start by printing this free template. The bug graphing template includes the di, colored tiles, and graphing chart. I used regular printer paper; however, if you use cardstock, then your dice will be much sturdier.

Begin by cutting out the dice. Gently fold the gray tabs inward. Then begin to fold your squares into a cube shape. Add some glue to the tabs and glue them onto the underside of the squares as you form your cube. The very last tab is hard to glue and might require tape. Once your cube is formed, set it aside to dry.

Cut out all of the colored tiles. You will have 4 of each color–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Each color corresponds with one of the bugs. My printer’s ink turned out to be darker than how it looked on my screen, so the blue and purple on the bugs were a little hard to distinguish. Here’s the color scheme: ladybug=red, butterfly=orange, bee=yellow, grasshopper=green, dragonfly=blue, and ant=purple.

Now it is time to begin bug graphing. Ask you child to gently roll the di. What color bug is on top? Is it a yellow bee? Take a tile of the same color and set it on the graph above the corresponding-colored bug. Keep rolling the dice and setting tiles in the correct columns until you reach the top of the column. Since you are not gluing the colored tiles to the chart, you can use this activity over and over again. The grasshopper was the first to reach the top for us. Which bug made it to the top of your graph first?

Why STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It is important to introduce these concepts to preschoolers in a fun way so that as they get older, they are excited about STEM subjects. What are preschoolers learning in this activity? Preschoolers are learning their colors (science)! They have to identify the color on the di, find the same color on the chart, and then correctly add the same color tile to the graph. Preschoolers are learning how to graph, an important math concept! Add some extra math into this activity by counting how many of each color tile is on your graph and how many tiles your have altogether. Preschoolers are also learning about engineering as they help build the di!

More STEM Activities

If your child enjoyed this graphing activity, I made a free blank di template so you can customize it with your own pictures. You can add computer images, stickers, or draw whatever you want on the dice and graph for your child to practice more graphing skills.

Check out my STEM activities: https://imaginationsrunningwild.com/stem/

Bug Stuff!

My son is really interested in bugs and I’m sure a lot of your kids are too! We have made some great bug crafts together and enjoy playing with these bug finger puppets. The finger puppets look pretty life like and allow us to exam bugs without having to hold real ones! You can your own set through the Amazon Affiliate link posted above. I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program to help cover the costs of my site. If you buy a product through one my links, then I may get a small percentage of the sale at no additional costs to you.

Animals, crafts, Spring

Ladybug Stick Puppet Craft

Ladybug Stick Puppet Craft
Ladybug Stick Puppet Craft

Ladybugs are so cute and attract kids’ attentions! Make this ladybug stick puppet craft with your little one and watch as they make their ladybug “fly” around the garden on the paper plate! This interactive craft is tons of fun and lends itself well to imaginative play.

Supplies Needed:

How To:

Preschoolers can start this project by painting the paper plate green using water color paints. Let your plate dry.

Print off the ladybug and flowers template (free PDF download). Color the ladybug, flowers, and leaves. Adults might need to help cut out all of the pictures as the rounded edges might be hard to little ones to cut.

Once the plate is dry, an adult can use a box cutter to cut a slit along the smooth center of the plate. The slit in the example is a little less than halfway up the plate. Before slicing, make sure that the craft stick would is long to stick up through the proposed slit and move around. The slit should go all the way along the smooth part of the plate, stopping before both ridged edges.

Now that you have colored all of your pictures, glue them onto your plate. Make a nice garden for your ladybug to visit! Check to make sure that all of the pictures are glued down tight so that your ladybug stick puppet doesn’t get stuck under edges that may be sticking up.

Glue your ladybug to end of a craft stick and let’s play! Slip your puppet through the slit and move your puppet around so that your ladybug can visit the flowers and leaves in your garden.

More Bug Crafts!

Egg Carton Ant: paint an egg carton and add some pipe cleaners to make your own ant craft.

Mosaic Butterfly: make a beautiful mosaic butterfly from scraps of construction paper.

Toilet Paper Roll Bee: your preschooler will love making this cute bee craft out of an empty toilet paper roll!

Bug Crown: color pictures of your favorite bugs, glue them on to construction paper, and make a bug crown!

Animals, crafts, Spring

Bug Crown Craft

Bug Crown Craft

Kids are fascinated by bugs and a bugs theme has always been a hit at the library preschool story-times. My son loves to look around for bugs outside. They are often small and overlooked, but when we take the time to look for them, we are always amazed by how many busy little bugs we find! to encourage his love of bugs, my son and I made this bug crown craft with some of his favorite bugs! I’ve included the bug pictures we used if you would like to use them too.

Supplies Needed:

  • bug pictures template (free PDF download)
  • green construction paper size 9″ x 12″
  • markers or crayons
  • glue stick
  • scissors

How To:

Print out the bug pictures template. Color your bugs and then cut them out.

Cut your sheet of green construction in half (length wise) to form two strips. Glue your bugs onto one of the strips.

Now to make the crown! Glue one side of the strips together. Hold the strips up around your child’s head to measure where to glue the other side of the strips together. I always tell my son to to pinch his paper together where the glue is for a few seconds to help keep the pieces from separating when they are bent. We had to add a little more glue to a couple of the bugs because they started to peel off once the construction paper was in a rounded shape.

Let your project dry. Once your crown is ready to wear, put it on a go on a bug hunt outside. How many bugs can you find?

More Bug Crafts!

Egg Carton Ant: paint an egg carton and add some pipe cleaners to make your own ant craft.

Mosaic Butterfly: make a beautiful mosaic butterfly from scraps of construction paper.

Toilet Paper Roll Bee: your preschooler will love making this cute bee craft out of an empty toilet paper roll!

Animals, crafts, Spring

Create a Caterpillar Craft

Create a Caterpillar Craft

Bugs are a fun preschool springtime theme! I’ve made tons of bug crafts with 3 and 4 year-olds over the years. This create a caterpillar craft is quick and easy project when you are looking for something that you can make without prep time!

Supplies Needed:

  • Caterpillar template (or draw your own circles)
  • crayons/markers/paints
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • piece of construction paper

How To:

Create a Caterpillar Craft

You will need 6 circles to make your caterpillar’s body. You can draw your own or print off the free create a caterpillar craft template and have them ready made. Color your circles. In my example at the top of the page, we used watercolor paints. It’s nice to switch up the mediums from time to time, and since water colors dry pretty quickly, I like to use them for crafts. In this example, to the side, the caterpillar was colored with crayons. Both ways turned out cute!

Cut your circles out. Pick out a piece of construction paper to glue your craft onto. Now you get to glue the circles together to form a caterpillar. Slightly overlap the circles as your glue your caterpillar together, alternating the circles’ placement low and high.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Once your caterpillar is glued together, give it a face and antennae. You could also draw on some grass or leaf for it to munch. Pair this craft with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

Now that you’ve made a caterpillar, it’s time to make a butterfly craft! They my Mosaic Butterfly craft and make a beautiful mosaic butterfly from scraps of construction paper.

Animals, Spring

Rocking Bird Craft

Rocking Bird Craft
Rocking Bird Craft

I love birds! We have several nests in trees around our home and up and down our street and we enjoy hearing the peeps of the babies! My son and I keep 2 bird feeders well stocked for our feathered friends to enjoy. Over the years, my son and I have made lots of bird crafts–one of our favorites is this rocking bird craft that he made when he was 3. This was fun and easy to make. And most of all, we love how it turned out. It actually rocks!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 paper plate
  • crayons
  • feathers
  • googly eyes
  • tiny bit of orange or yellow construction paper
  • white school glue

How To:

Color one side of your paper plate. My son’s favorite color right now is blue, so just about everything we make is blue. Feel free to be creative and color your bird any way you want.

After your are dong coloring, fold the paper plate in half. The rounded side will be the bottom of the bird.

Now it’s time to decorate! Glue on feathers for wings and a tail. We used 3 different colors of feathers. I like how the feathers matched the colors of crayons my son used.

Finish your craft by giving your bird a face. Make a beak by cutting a diamond shape out of yellow or orange construction paper. Fold the diamond in half to make it look a beak. Add googly eyes and now you have a bird!

Make it rock by gently pushing down on one of the plate and then quickly letting go. The bird craft will rock back and forth!

Looking for more craft ideas?

Torn Paper Nest: welcome spring with this cute nest made from pieces of construction paper.

Egg Maracas: get read to shake, shake, shake with this quick and easy DIY maracas made out of plastic Easter eggs.

Mosaic Egg: using an assortment of colors and sizes of construction paper, glue all of the pieces together to form a mosaic egg.

Animals, Spring

Tissue Paper Sheep Craft

Tissue Paper Sheep Craft
Tissue Paper Sheep Craft

My 3 year old was inspired to make a tissue paper sheep craft after reading Mem Fox’s Where is the Green Sheep? This craft is perfect for going along with sheep stories and a great addition to preschoolers’ spring craft fun.

Supplies Needed:

  • white paper (we used cardstock)
  • pencil
  • tissue paper
  • construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • glue stick

How To:

I drew a “cloud” shape on a piece of white card stock and told my son it was a sheep.

My preschooler wanted to make his sheep green, just like in the story, so he grabbed a bunch of pre-cut green tissue squares. If you don’t have the pre-cut squares, you can cut your large tissue paper sheet into 1″ x 1″ squares or tear it into small pieces. He covered his sheep shape with a glue stick and then stuck on the squares to make the sheep’s wool.

Next, I cut out 4 rectangles from green construction paper and my son glued them on as his sheep’s legs. Then I cut out a head for him to glue on.

My son loves googly eyes and always wants to use them for his crafts. He added his 2 googly eyes and called his project done. Use your creativity to give your sheep a smile or a cute little nose.

Looking for more fun crafts to make this spring? Check out my SPRING CRAFTS page.

Animals, crafts, Easter, Spring

Hatching Chick Craft

Hatching Chick Craft

With so many animal babies being born in the springtime, this hatching chick craft is a great way to incorporate some of that baby-cuteness into your preschooler’s activities. Use a brad to connect the top and bottom pieces of the plate to turn this into a moveable craft. Gently pull the top of your plate and watch your chick hatch!

Supplies Needed:

  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • yellow construction paper
  • glue stick
  • feathers
  • googly eyes
  • brad

How To:

First turn your paper plate into an egg by cutting a zig-zag line across your paper plate. Connect the two plate pieces with a brad on one side. This allows the plate to open and close so you can pretend the chick is hatching! Movable crafts are tons of fun and a great way to show “hatching.”

Next, cut an oval shape out of your yellow paper. This will be your baby chick. Glue feathers onto your chick. Our feathers were large and covered a lot of the chick so we didn’t need a beak. My son added two googly eyes and called his chick done.

Now that you chick as feathers and eyes, glue the bottom part of your chick onto the back of the bottom plate piece. Let your project dry before showing off your hatching chick craft.

For more fun spring crafts try:

Paper Plate Bunny— print off the free template, color and cut out the pieces, and glue them all onto a paper plate to make a bunny.

Mosaic Egg— use left over scraps of paper to make a beautiful mosaic egg.

Torn Paper Nest–tear up construction paper and use the pieces to make a nest.

Animals, Spring

Sheep Stories

Sheep Stories for Preschoolers
Sheep Stories for Preschoolers

8 Sheep Stories

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

1. Baa, Baa Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera–

Jane Cabrera’s nursey rhyme books are the best! I love the illustrations, her sense of humor, and the positive portrayals of some dark stories. The sheep keeps generously giving its wool to the girl and other animals, allowing everyone to have something cozy to wear or snuggle into. Eventually, however, sheep runs out of wool. Now what is going to do? The little girl comes up with an idea to repay the sheep’s kindness. She knits a sweater for sheep to wear!

Russell the Sheep

2. Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton–

This is a whimsical, humorous story about a sheep who can’t fall asleep. Russell struggles at bedtime, thinking maybe it’s not dark enough. Perhaps he’s too hot or too cold. Maybe he needs to adjust his pillow! We’ve all felt like Russell at some point. Finally Russell decided to count things in hopes that he falls asleep. Hmm, what should Russell count? Why sheep, of course! This does the trick and soon Russell is fast asleep.

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

3. Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay–

This book is so funny! My son and I just cracked up reading it. This book is about a whimsical, but clueless sheep and the sheepdog who tries to protect her. Sheep is a self-declared expert at watching sheep. When the dog arrives to take over the position, sheep decides to help sheepdog do the job properly. Sheep pins back the dog’s hair from its eyes, finds some binoculars, and gets a map. While sheep is being “helpful,” the dog has to save her from predators, as well as her own mishaps because she is not paying attention. After both go through so much trouble to help the other, sheep realizes that she is NOT a sheep watching expert. What is she supposed to do now? Dog suggests that maybe sheep is dog-sheep. Of course! Everyone knows that sheep is an expert at watching dogs.

Sheep in a Jeep 5 Minute Stories


4. Sheep in a Jeep 5-Minute Stories by Nancy Shaw–

My son loves all of these sheep stories. His favorites are “Sheep Take a Hike,” “Sheep Blast Off,” and “Sheep Go to Sleep.” Each story is silly and the sheep always seem to accidently cause trouble! Preschoolers can relate to good intentions going wrong. Get ready for lots of giggles as you read this set.

Time for Bed

5. Time for Bed by Mem Fox–

Although not a book solely about sheep, I had to include this beautifully illustrated and rhythmic bedtime story. Darkness is falling, the stars are out, and its time for young animals to go to bed. The term for each baby animal is given as each little one snuggles in with a parent. In this sweet book, the parents provide love and comfort and wishes for sweet dreams to each animal. The story ends with a mother putting her child. Good night.

Wee Little Lamb

6. Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson–

Little lamb is just a baby and too shy to leave its mother’s side. Preschoolers will be able to relate to the longing to try something new and the trepidation that often comes with venturing out on one’s own. Little lamb meets lots of animals, but isn’t ready to go off and play yet. It’s okay to do things are your own speed and comfort level. When a little mouse and its mother come along, little lamb finally feels brave enough to step away from mom and play with its new friend!

Where is Green Sheep?


7. Where is Green Sheep? By Mem Fox–

Preschoolers will love this rhythmic story featuring lots of fun sheep. They’re swinging and sliding, playing and traveling, near and far, and some are even in space! But where is the green sheep this whole time? Read this one and find out! My son loves this book and says that you have to check it from your library because it is so good 😊.

No Sleep for the Sheep!

8. No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont —

In this silly story, poor sheep is trying to sleep in the barn, but all of the other animals are noisy. One by one, they all come to the barn quacking, mooing, neighing, clucking, and oinking while sheep is trying to sleep. Preschools will enjoy the rhymes and the funny illustrations of sheep growing more and more exasperated with each new visitor. Check this one from your library and find out if sheep ever gets to sleep!

image of a cartoon sheep

Check your library for these and other sheep stories. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading:)

Animals, Spring

Bunny Books for Preschoolers

Bunny Books for Preschoolers

It’s Spring and cute bunny stuff is popping up everywhere! Preschoolers can’t resist cute little rabbits. Here is a list of my family’s favorite bunny books. Check your library for these and other stories with bunnies, rabbits, and hares.

Twelve Great Bunny Books

Bunny Cakes

1. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells —

My son loves Rosemary Wells’ stories! The Easter Bunny brought him this book one year and he immediately wanted us to sit down together and read it 🙂 In this story its Max vs. his sister, Ruby. Both bunnies want to make a cake for Grandma. Max wants to make a gross worm cake and Ruby wants to make an angel food cake. Max makes his cake but it’s missing something—red hot squirters. When Ruby sends Max to grocery store, Max tries to add the red hot squirters to the list, but he can’t write yet. Max inadvertently keeps spilling Ruby’s ingredients, resulting in more trips to the store. Finally Max draw a picture of the red hot squirters and the grocer gives him some. Soon both cakes are ready. Grandma is so excited—She doesn’t know which to eat first!

It's Not Easy Being a Bunny

2. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler —

In this funny book, P.J. Funnybunny doesn’t want to be a rabbit anymore. He lists all of the bunny things that he is sick of, and thinks that life would be better if he was a different animal. First he tries being a bear, but that wasn’t exciting enough. P.J. then tries living with birds, beavers, pigs, moose, possums, and skunks, but nothing is quite right. Finally P.J. Decides that he wants to be a bunny and he hurries back home to his family.

The Runaway Bunny

3. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown —

A mommy rabbit gently reassures her little bunny that no matter what may come or where the little one may go, mommy will always be there. The little bunny comes up with all sorts of fanciful scenarios that would take it away from mommy. Mommy, however, always has the perfect reply. A beautiful story about the strength of a mother’s love.

Bunny's Book Club

4. Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro —

Bunny loves attending the library’s outside Storytime. But when it gets cold and Storytime moves inside, Bunny is left out. Bunny comes up with a plan to sneak into the library at night and take books home to read. Soon Bunny’s friends want books too. When the animals sneak into the library, there’re caught by a librarian. The librarian gives the animals their own library cards! Now they all get to check out books and discuss their stories at Bunny’s book club 😀.

Wee Little Bunny

5. Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson —

It’s springtime and little bunny is too excited to sit still. There is so much to see and do! Bunny is super busy chasing dragonflies, making new friends, and checking out the world around it. When mama bunny calls, baby bunny races home to tell mama about its fun adventure. This book is not very long and has fantastic illustrations, making it a great choice for wiggly preschoolers.

A Boy and His Bunny

6. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan —

This is a silly rhyming story about a boy and bunny who appears on his head one day. At first it seems like having a bunny on your head might be a problem, but both boy and bunny quickly show that you can do anything with a bunny on your head. Get ready to giggle as the boy races down a hill on a sled, eats, and drives a moped with a bunny on his head!

Guess How Much I Love You?

7. Guess How Much I love You? by Sam McBratney–

This story is a children’s classic! Little Nutbrown Hare and the Big Nutbrown Hare take turns saying how much they love each other. Preschoolers will enjoy the hares’ analogies of the size of their love–as high as they can jump, to the tips of their toes, and to the moon and back! This is a lovely and reassuring bedtime story to read with your little love.

The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin by Nicola O'Byrne

8. The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin by Nicola O’Byrne–

It’s nighttime, but Rabbit doesn’t want to go to bed (preschoolers can relate!). Rabbit thinks that if it doesn’t get dark, then he won’t have to go to bed. Rabbit hatches a plan to catch the dark in a cookie tin and not let it out so that rabbit can stay up. In this story, preschoolers learn the importance of nighttime, and eventually rabbit agrees to let the dark out of the cookie tin. The reader gets to lift the flap and open up the cookie tin, releasing the dark in an awesome pop-up!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

9. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming —

Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a vegatable garden. Finally, this is year that is going to do it. Three little bunnies are excited about the new vegetables he’s growing and they sneak in to eat the yummy food each night. Mr. McGreely builds fences, walls, a moat, and finally a fortress around his vegetable garden to keep the bunnies out. It looks like the bunnies are finally locked out of the garden. Mr. McGreely does a happy dance and carries his basket into the fortress, across the moat and over the wall to pick his vegetables. But who is that hiding in the basket? It’s the bunnies! Muncha, muncha, Muncha!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book by Beatrix Potter —

No bunny books list is complete without Peter Rabbit! In this board book edition of the original Peter Rabbit story, preschoolers can get to know this naughty bunny who sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden. This version is shorter than the original, but still has Beatrix Potter’s charming illustrations.

Curious George and the Bunny

11. Curious George and the Bunny

George is a very curious monkey and always seems to get into trouble. One day, George finds a family of bunnies in a hutch. The bunnies look so soft and fluffy. George really wants to hold one, so he opens the door and takes out a baby bunny. Uh-oh, the bunny hops away and now George can’t find it! George didn’t mean to lose the bunny and he feels bad. He looks everywhere, but the bunny is still missing. Mommy bunny comes to rescue and finds her hidden baby! Yay! George puts the bunny family safety back in their hutch.

Creepy Carrots

12. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.

This book has just the right about of humor and spookiness that preschoolers love! Jasper Rabbit loves carrots and eats them all of the time. All is well until the carrots start to follow him. . . (cue creepy music). My son loves this book and it’s sequel, Creepy Underwear. It was not scary for him at age 3, and he thought it was really funny.

rabbit

Check your library for these and other bunny books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading:)

More Bunny Fun!

Bunny Maze: help the bunny get through the maze to the yummy carrot!

Easter Bunny Letter Tracing: trace all of the letters in the words EASTER BUNNY and then color the pictures.

Adorable Bunny Paper Plate Craft: make this super cute bunny craft with a few supplies and the free template!