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
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!
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.
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.
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 😀.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!