No matter if you are an animal lover or not, these cute, little, cuddly bunny rabbits are the center of attraction for all of us. They can easily put a smile on your face and make you go ‘aww…’
These little bunnies have also played quite a role in storybooks for kids in Movies and TV. Kids dig for these bunnies, and they love them. And it is no wonder why rabbits are a great part of children’s books. These books are geared towards tiny humans. The first rabbit that comes into the minds of almost all of us isLewis Carroll’s albino bunny from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
We all know how he sparked Alice’s journey in wonderland. It is an early example of a rabbit character in texts specifically for a young audience. Similarly, another very famous example of a bunny character on TV for almost all of us is ‘Bugs Bunny’ from Looney Tunes Cartoon Series.
Other illustrators have also invested rabbits and hares in different manner and traits. There is no chance of anyone saying that he has not seen or read bunny movies, cartoons, or books. They are a visible part of everyone’s childhood, no matter what generation they belong to. There have been many moral stories about rabbits we all have heard from our grandparents, such as ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Race.’
Rabbits Are a Part of Children’s Literature
Rabbits are universally popular in children’s literature. They are certainly popular British children’s fiction; for example, they appear prominently in AA Milne’s POOH books, Alison Utley’s Little Grey Rabbit Series, Ivy Wallace’s ‘Pookie’ Series, Richard Adams’s Water ship down, and last but not least, Beatrix Potter’s tales. These books’ context and storylines are different, but they all include bunnies as part of their story characters.
Here is a list of further ten board books, picture books, and novels for middle-grade kids for rabbit lovers of any age to enjoy:
1. The rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
This sweet little story is not just an average tale; it has an adorable lesson on grief, empathy, and friendship. It is about a sad kid after having a bad day and is trying to find solace. His other animal friends gave their ideas about overcoming his sadness by trying to make him laugh or talk about it or shouting at him. But it was the only rabbit that helped him overcome his sadness by listening to him, and this was what Taylor needed.
2. I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom
This one is about Nicholas, the overall-wearing bunny. The book includes all the adorable instructions done by Richard. Nicholas is the cutest little bunny doing all sorts of adorable bunny things such as taking cover beneath a toadstool when it rains, wearing tiny mittens when it snows, picking flowers, eating carrots, etc. The book takes the readers through all four seasons. You will definitely enjoy each of them.
3. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
This is a board book. It is about a runaway bunny who always suggests different ideas to run and hide from his mother. But his mother always found him. It is a really sweet story showing that its mother always got his back.
4. Love by Emma Dodd
This book series by Emma Dodd has many fans. Their covers are little squishy to touch, and it is colored with hues of blue, green and purple. Usually, all of her books have different animals, but this series has a rabbit in it. Rabbit and her parent spends a day in the meadow and finds everything so lovely.
5. Little White Rabbit By Kevin Henkes
This classic by Kevin was illustrated in all colors of springs. It is about a rabbit that is curious to know what it would be like to green or what happens if he becomes a rock or what if he could fly. He hopes and tries to explore all of these experiences, but in the end, he finds out that the real beauty lies in what he is, and to wherever he belongs, it is wonderful.
6. If You Were My Bunny by Kate Mcmullan
This book includes rabbits along with other animals like bears, kittens, ducklings, and more. But bunnies are the main characters of the book. Each section of this book is told in the tune of a different lullaby. It is quite an interesting read, especially for children. This means that your kid would enjoy while reading this book. The last page of this board book also tells you which song is related to which section.
7. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
This one is a charming book about love, tolerance, and friendship. It is the story of Marlon Bundo. He is a lonely bunny who lives with his grandpa Mike Pence, the United States vice president. But the twist takes place in the story when Marlon Bundo falls in love with another boy bunny and finds his life-changing forever on a very special day.
8. Wolfie the Bunny by AmeDyckman
An adorable bunny family finds a baby wolf left on their doorstep when he is just a wee pup. Mother and Father Bunny decide to adopt him and raise him like their own child. They already have a daughter bunny named ‘Dot.’ At first, Dot is afraid of the wolf as she thinks he will eat all of them, but later in the story wolf puts himself in trouble and Dot, being an elder sister, rescues him.
The story is all about new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love, and of course, veggies.
9. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
Easter bunny is not related to just one bunny. There are five of them, and Cottontail, named country bunny, has become one of these five Easter bunnies. She is responsible for raising 21 children bunnies and has to fulfill her duties in a new role. As she is compassionate, intelligent, and determined, she does her job very well.
10. Big Bunny By Rowboat Watkins
This book’s cover might look funny and makes us chuckle as it is a close-up of a giant bunny’s mouth showing his front two teeth. This is a funny story about a hungry rabbit that eats carrots by the literal truckload. He gets involved in all types of shenanigans and tries to satisfy his appetite.
These interesting bunny books with moral stories will greatly affect your children (in a positive way), and they will surely enjoy them. You should definitely check them out.