It’s spring again, and that means it is time for all things bunny! I think some of the greatest literature features bunnies. It is a mystery to me why bunnies make such great characters for stories, but they seem to have some unique power.
Here is a list of our favorite bunny books. These all make great read-alouds to share with the family.
#1 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
This book is about a porcelain rabbit. It is about love, pain, and how love is worth the pain. It is heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Ever since I finished reading it, I couldn’t wait to read it again. Although Kate DiCamillo has written many bestsellers, this one is my favorite.
#2 Watership Down by Richard Adams
I will admit I had a lot more fun reading this book aloud to my kids than I had when reading it in high school. I guess some books are just better shared aloud together. I am always amazed at how young a child can really grasp and love a more complicated story when it is read aloud to them. My kids were ages 5-12 when I read this aloud. The five and six-year-olds did not stick around for the story, but 8, 9, 10 and 12-year-olds loved it.
Now we are revisiting this story with the younger set and I am falling in love all over again. It’s one of those books with layers, where you pick up different things every time you pick it up.
#3 The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
Bunnies wielding swords. This is an action-packed epic tale. After reading this we couldn’t get enough of these brave yet broken sword-wielding bunnies searching for freedom from the attacks of the enemy. So, we read S.D. Smith’s other available titles.
- Ember Falls by S.D. Smith
- The Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith
- A shorter book, this prequel fills in some of the backstory to the Green Ember epic. This is a great little book to give to your kids to read on their own, it’s short so they won’t be overwhelmed and it’s a side story so you won’t miss any plot points.
- Ember Rising by S.D. Smith
- Ember’s End
#5 Alice’s Farm: A Rabbit’s Tale by Maryrose Wood
I stumbled upon this book because my kids adore The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood. So when we saw she had written another children’s book we has to try it out. This book isn’t just about a bunny though, it is also about a boy who has moved from the big city to the country and his adventures while his parents try to start a farm. One of the most delightful aspects of this book is that it deals with family life, you will delight at the characters of the parents as well as the baby, dog, and other wild animals.
#6 Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Although this is not a chapter book, it may be the source of inspiration for the many authors who have crafted spell binding tales with rabbits as the main ingredient.
Read several of these rabbit stories and you are ready for a literature comparison study. What was different about the rabbits in each story? What was the same? What makes a rabbit seem like a rabbit, even when it is anthropomorphized?
Have fun going on these adventures with your kids from the comfort of your couch.