25 Bunny Books perfect for Spring

Bunny books are my kryptonite. I’ve had an ever growing collection of bunny books since I was a little girl, thanks to my mom who has faithfully given them as gifts over the years. One of the best parts of having a children’s book collection of any sort is sharing them with your own children. It’s been a joy to see my two little ones delight in these stories as much as I did/do.

Several of these recommendations are no longer in print but are worth searching out at the library or getting a used copy from an online seller like Thrift Books or Discover Books (I try to avoid previous library books when ordering from these sites so we don’t get the plasticy cover).

Whether you’re looking for a book to slip in to an Easter basket or you have a bunny loving kiddo, these 25 bunny books are some of my favorite! I’m always looking for more bunny books, though, so please share any I missed in the comments!

 Too Many Hopkins by Tomie de Paola

I’m sad this isn’t in print any more (an absolute classic in our household), but it’s available used. Tomie de Paola is an iconic children’s book author and illustrator. Too Many Hopkins subtly teaches the basics of gardening, how to work together and all the Hopkins have fun alliterative names.

I am a Bunny by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry

This classic IS still in print! Little Nicholas in his cute red overalls talks about the things he does each season. The unique size of this board book is fun but it also comes in regular Golden Book size. Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Every child’s library should include this book. I can smell the flowers even now…

Bunnies Are For Kissing by Allia Zobel Nola, Illustrated by Jacqueline East

“Bunnies are for kissing. They’re meant for hugging too. Sure as we have floppy ears, sweet Bunny, we love you!” Quoted from memory because this book is a favorite of my kids and has a catchy rhyme scheme.

Bunny Trouble & More Bunny Trouble by Hans Wilhelm 

Naturally, I liked the characters in the Bunny Trouble stories because the little sister is named Emily. Even if you don’t share a name with one of the characters, these are fun and especially good for Easter because this troupe of bunnies paint Easter eggs for a living.

Fuzzy Rabbit by Rosemary Billam, Illustrated by Vanessa Julian-Ottie

Even though the Fuzzy Rabbit books aren’t in print, I can’t leave them off the list. Used copies abound.  Fuzzy has adventures in the park and with his owner’s little brother. The illustrations are charmingly old-fashioned.

This Little Bunny Can Bake by Janet Stein

If you’re child enjoys cooking, this little bunny will be a welcome addition to your collection. Bunny and several other students go to Chef George’s School of Dessertology and learn the basics of baking. There isn’t much of a storyline but the illustrations are packed with silliness (Dog making a shoe-fly pie…) that is fun to talk about with kiddos.

The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by Douglas Florian, Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

What do rabbits do all day? This family of rabbits will show you all the fun things they do – smelling flowers in Spring, lazing for hours in Summer, and digging holes, to name a few. The text is poetic and the illustrations are unique and charming.The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Sarah Massini

There are plenty of versions of this classic, but I’m quite partial to the illustrations by Sarah Massini in this beautiful edition.

Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Illustrated by David McPhail

Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, is a treasure. She writes books that have depth of sentiment but still connect with little readers. In Bunny’s First Spring, Bunny experiences the changing seasons for the first time and fears “the beautiful earth must be dying.” Lloyd-Jones perfectly captures the wonder and beauty to be found in the signs of passing time.

Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Barnes and Noble pushed this book last Spring for good reason. Hudson’s illustrations are vibrant and engaging. She also doesn’t skimp on the end sheets and front matter, all of which are boldly illustrated with fun extras. Ultimately about sharing, Too Many Carrots follows rabbit as he tries to find a home suitable for himself and his carrots.

 It’s Not Easy Being A Bunny by Marilyn Sadler, Illustrated by Roger Bollen

Poor PJ Funnybunny does not like being a bunny. He tries living with all sorts of other animals only to figure out being a bunny isn’t so bad after all.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve read this since I was a kid. Great repeating text and an opportunity to demonstrate your moose calling abilities.Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Anita Jeram

Anita Jeram is one of my favorite illustrators (think Bunny My Honey, You’re All My Favorites, and Skip To The Loo, My Darling – an amazing potty training book)

 Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Another set (this is the first) of books that has a dad-child relationship on display. This one would be dad-daughter-bunny… Willems uses colored drawings over black and white photographs to illustrate these Knuffle Bunny adventures. They are hilarious.

La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa

Ichikawa’s love of Paris is evident in her gorgeous illustrations of Luxembourg Gardens where poor La La Rose gets separated from her friend Clementine. La La Rose narrates her journey around the Gardens until she is finally reunited with Clementine. I am so sad this award winning book isn’t Prime-able. It’s worth searching out. If you can’t find it, cry your way through You Are My I Love You and get a sense for Ichikawa’s gift for illustrating.

 The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Kathy Couri

For our family, Easter is about celebrating that Jesus died and rose again to give us eternal life with Him. That being said, we aren’t above bunnies and eggs and baskets of goodies. This is a clever riff on The Night Before Christmas.

A Night-Light for Bunny by Geoffery Hayes

Bunny and Papa search for the perfect night light. Bun has a bit of an attitude, but I like that this includes the dad and talks about sources of light. The end has a song that my children enjoy hearing me sing (tunelessly) differently every time we read it.

The Country Bunny And The Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Heyward, Illustrated by Marjorie Hack 

A strong female protagonist (the country bunny, mom to 21 baby buns) makes this a timely tale despite it’s publication date almost 80 years ago. The Country Bunny proves herself wise, kind, clever, and swift enough to be one of the five Easter Bunnies who deliver eggs all over the world.

 The April Rabbits by David Cleveland, Illustrated by Nurit Karlin

Another book that I must have acquired in elementary school and have vivid reading memories of the illustrations. Robert sees an increasing number of rabbits for every day in April. Lots of humor in the illustrations.

 I’m Big Enough by Amber Stewart, Ilustrated by Layn Marlow

Confession: I still sleep with my childhood blanket. And it has a name. (Insert monkey covering eyes emoji here.) I have a very tolerant husband. Bean can’t find her blanket and learns to cope without it until she realizes she really is big enough to not have one. Apparently Bean is more mature than me.

 Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro , Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss

If there were book trump cards, this would be mine. Bunny and books. Need I say more?

 Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith, Illustrated by Breezy Brookshire

Another one I can’t make it through without crying. If you know anything about Angie Smith’s story (she’s a Christian author/blogger who lost a daughter, Audrey, in utero), it will make the name of this Bun even more poignant.

 The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd

A classic by the author of Goodnight Moon and Little Fur Family (just realized that connection and my mind is a little blown).

Bunnies for Tea by Kate Stone

The book is shaped like a tea cup. Sweet illustrations and rhyming text.

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

It’s always good for me to have books around that help me (and the kids) celebrate Winter. This one gets readers to interact and help Bunny get skiing.

13 Wintery Children’s Books

All the Christmas books are put away and we’re feeling a little un-festive over here. To combat the cold-weather blues, I pulled out all of our Winter centric books. Sometimes seeing this frosty season portrayed in books helps my attitude. If you’re the same or just need some new reading material, here are some of our favorite Winter themed picture books (and a bonus middle-grade read).

What are your favorite wintery reads?


Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost, Illustrated by Susan Jeffers

This is a gorgeous book that will delight young and old. Robert Frost’s iconic poem is immortalized with hauntingly lovely illustrations. The book jacket is vellum which adds to the wintery vibe. A great way to introduce poetry to any age.You Can Do It, Sam by Amy Hest, Illustrated by Anita Jeram

Anita Jeram is responsible for the the adorable illustrations in favorites like Guess How Much I Love You and Skip To The Loo, My Darling! A Potty Book. She works her magic one the Sam Books, too. Sam bakes treats for all his neighbors and hand delivers them with his mom.

Katy and The Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

A classic, originally published in 1943. A big snow strands the city of Geoppolis and Katy saves the day.

Who Likes The Snow? by Etta Kaner, Illustrated by Marie Lafrance

Each page has a reason why “I like the snow..” and a question related to it. When you lift the flap, there are simple, scientific explanations to the question. The more we read this, the more my kids pick up on the science, but even if it goes over their heads, the other text is engaging.

The Little Snowplow by Lora Koehler, Illustrated by Jake Parker

The other construction trucks look down on the little snowplow for his size, but when the dump truck gets buried in snow after an avalanche, the little snowplow’s hard work pays off.

Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Mark Teague

Any pig who has a specific library day is a friend of mine (from Poppleton). Poppleton and his friends are delightful and their Winter activities are fun. Each book has three or four simple stories that my 2 and 4 year old both like and will grow with them as they learn to read. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, Illustrated by Mark Buehner

This talented husband and wife team have created four snowmen books (at Christmas, at Night, at Work, and All Year) with clever rhymes and engaging illustrations that have hidden pictures, keeping everyone involved.

The Hat by Jan Brett

Many of Brett’s books are set in Winter (The Mitten, Gingerbread Friends) and she does it well. She has a distinctive illustration style that feels old fashioned in a good way. In The Hat, Hedgehog uses a runaway stocking as a head covering, much to the amusement of his animal friends. Little does he know they go in search of similar hats. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak

Pak’s illustrations are graceful and beautifully capture the atmosphere of each season. Brother and sister walk home experiencing the change from Autumn to Winter. Pak also wrote the equally lovely Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn.

Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Lauren Thompson’s Mouse series follows Mouse as he experiences all the firsts (think holidays and seasons). In Mouse’s First Snow, Mouse and his Poppa do all sorts of Wintery activities. Each activity is accompanied by fun onomatopoeias which will delight younger readers.

A Loud Winter’s Nap by Katy Hudson

Katy Hudson is a talented illustrator whose style is playful and nostalgic. Too Many Carrots was an instant hit with my kids and A Loud Winter’s Nap showcases the same characters. Tortoise isn’t a fan of Winter. His plans to hibernate until Spring get interrupted by all his friends until he has a change of heart.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, Illustrated by John Schoenherr

A daughter goes owling with her father for the first time. Both the text and illustrations are magical and poetic and all around wonderful.

Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Lovejoys moves from Texas to Pumpkin Falls, NH to take over the family bookstore. Truly, the middle of the five kids, finds a mysterious note in an autographed copy of Charlotte’s Web, sending her and her new friends on a literary scavenger hunt. Such a charming middle-grade read.

A Bible Literacy Book Flight

My zeal for reading doesn’t always translate to a zeal for reading my Bible. I wake up early, ostensibly to meet with God and have some quite before the kiddos wake up, but it’s a struggle of varying degrees to prioritize reading the Bible instead of my current novel during that precious alone time.

Reading other people’s perspective about the Bible and how it intersects with their own lives has given me a renewed passion for leaning in to God’s word. This may seem counterintuitive since I was just saying reading in general can be distracting to my commitment to reading the Bible, but sometimes you need a prod.

I’m over on Club 31 Women today sharing six books that have given me a fresh heart towards  the Bible. Here’s a sneak peek…

 

The entire post is HERE!

An Advent Book Flight

My first married December was rough. We had moved from SoCal to Northern Idaho a couple months earlier and I wasn’t going to see my family on Christmas. I was grumpy most of the month, unable to appreciate new traditions and the Currier and Ives weather in our new state.

Decorating the Christmas tree was a special event when I was growing up. My step-dad got it in the stand and as perpendicular as possible. My mom and brother did the lights – always colored and the more the merrier. Then we set to unwrapping ornaments, laughing at the ones made in grade school, making sure the one-eyed mangy bird got a prime spot.

As Tim and I set up our forest-felled tree that first year together, I felt bereft and lamely incapable of putting lights on branches properly. He wisely stayed on the couch as I huffily wound lights onto branches but ended up at Lowe’s three times in the span of an hour because WE DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH LIGHTS (I was yelling this to myself while huffing). And the next day, the ding dang tree fell right over.

I know I’m not the only one with Christmas stories like that one, or worse. Disasters are just lurking in the shadows of high expectations, an influx of social engagements, and the pressure to spend money. Christmastime is often the breeding ground for tension and hurt instead of comfort and joy.

Practicing Advent is something that has helped me create space for my soul to breathe (to borrow a phrase from Emily Freeman) during the holidays.

I didn’t grow up in a denomination that followed the liturgical church calendar, so I mostly associated Advent with consuming a small, waxy chocolate each day in December until Christmas. But in the past few years, I’ve enjoyed the rhythm of an Advent devotional to focus my mind and prepare my heart for the season of celebrating our Savior’s birth.

Here are five of my favorite Advent reads.

The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

Ann’s lyrical writing voice seems particularly fitting for wonder surrounding Christ’s birth. In The Greatest Gift, Ann uses the advent tradition of the Jesse Tree (a tradition I knew nothing about before reading this book) to frame daily readings that follow the lineage of Jesus starting with Jesse, the father of David. Similar to The Jesus Storybook Bible where “every story whispers His name,” The Greatest Gift continually points to the coming promise of Christ throughout the Old Testament. It’s rich and beautiful and I usually re-read this every year.

Unwrapping The Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

This is a stunning coffee-table-worthy reimagining of The Greatest Gift geared toward families. The gorgeous illustrations give life to The Jesse Tree tradition and will captivate children of any age. Each day has a scripture reading, kid-friendly devotional and suggested activities to do as a family. When we do a book advent (I wrap 24 books and the get to open one every day leading up to Christmas), I have the kids open this one first.

Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu

Asheritah sent me a copy of her re-released Advent devotional and I’ve already read through most of it (I love Christmas and couldn’t contain myself). I can’t wait to go back through at a slower pace. There are so many things I love about this slim book. It’s beautiful to look at inside and out. Asheritah convincingly explains the history and relevance of celebrating Advent in her introduction. Each devotional focuses on a different name of Jesus and are grouped to follow the four weeks of Advent (Hope, Preparation, Joy and Love). Every week starts with an interactive devotional for the whole family. Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is a perfect place to start if you’re new to Advent!

She Reads Truth Advent Study

I am just such a huge fan of the mission behind She Reads Truth – to have women in the Word of God every day. Their website, app and study books are beautifully designed and engaging. Since Lent 2017, I’ve done five studies with them. The Advent study book 152 pages of gorgeous goodness including the full scripture readings, wintry recipes, theological extras, and perforated scripture memorization cards. They also have resources for men and kids, too! If you just want the scripture readings and commentary, they are available one day at a time on the website (free) or the app (2.99).

She Reads Truth also has an amazing Bible (I own the Grey Linen, Indexed version) that would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

Here’s a bonus pick that is Advent related but doesn’t have daily readings like the previous selections. Liz Curtis Higgs is skilled at bringing emotional depth to stories in the Bible. (I thoroughly enjoyed her retelling of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah’s story set in the Lowlands of Scotland.) In The Women of Christmas, Higgs explores the lives of three women who carry the story of Christmas – Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. She provides commentary, verse by verse, as these women prepare for the birth of the Messiah. I loved the fresh perspective on how these women’s individual stories intertwined with the Christmas story.

What books do you read during Advent?

An Epistolary Book Flight

There’s something intimate about reading letters. When we write them, we give permanence to what has previously been in our minds and hearts, and when we read them, we get a peak into the feelings others. I’m guessing that’s what makes epistolary novels so engaging – connections built on the pieces of self we see embedded in each missive.

Here are five of my favorite epistolary novels:

Love, Mary Elisabeth by Christy Martenson

Set in the Pacific Northwest, this  charming novel is reminiscent of the Dear America books I so loved in grade school. Instead of diary entries, Love, Mary Elisabeth is comprised of letters written by eleven-year-old Mary Elisabeth and a few of her family members. Mary Elisabeth is a city (Seattle) girl who goes to live with relatives on a farm while her mother recovers from tuberculosis and her Papa works in the shipyards.

Christy has captured the joy of a childhood spent navigating the triumphs and trials of country life that is so captivating in classics like Understood Betsy and Up A Road Slowly. Sometimes I find young narrators to be grating, but Mary Elisabeth’s youth is full of believable innocence without being saccharine. I can’t wait to read this gem with my kids. The pretty cover and inside sketches are a wonderful bonus with the paperback!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Guernsey has so much to recommend itself. The plot centers around a writer, Juliet, who receives a letter from a stranger that catapults her into the middle of an off-beat society formed on the island of Guernsey during the German occupation in WWII. I love historical fiction about WWII and this offered a setting and events I wasn’t familiar with previously. Plus, the letters are written by a cast of colorful characters who have unique voices that are witty and endearing. Having so many people writing letters can get a wee bit confusing but keeps the novel moving and interesting. The love story is sweet but doesn’t dominate the narrative. I feel like I’m rambling about this book, but I thought it was lovely and re-read worthy.

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

I’ve said it before, Katherine Reay is a master at integrating classic literature into original plot lines and Dear Mr. Knightley is my favorite. The title alone would convince the likes of me that it was worth reading – because who can pass up a nod to Austen (and Emma for that matter)? – but Dear Mr. Knightley can stand alone with it’s nuanced plot that is both charming and poignant. Plus, she gives a nod to epistolary forerunners like Lady Susan and Evelina

The story centers around Sam, a twenty-three year old orphan who is back at Grace House after getting fired from her desk job. When an anonymous benefactor offers to fund her continued education, Sam reluctantly applies to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. There’s a catch: on top of her doubts about the program, she must write regular letters to the mysterious donor who chooses to be addressed as Mr. Knightley. A unique relationship develops as Sam begins to sort through her painful past in the one-sided letters. (You can read my more lengthy review here.)

If that description reminds you of Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster (another wonderful epistolary classic), you’d be right in seeing similarities!

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The work of C. S. Lewis is important to my spiritual growth and The Screwtape Letters is no exception. Sometimes you have to hear truths from a different perspective to have them sink in and that’s what The Screwtape Letters did for me. The slim novel is comprised of correspondence between a more seasoned devil, Screwtape, and his young nephew, Wormwood. Screwtape gives advice on how best to derail Wormwood’s “patient.” With his characteristic wit, creativity, and faith, Lewis explores good and evil, temptation and grace.

My family readThe Screwtape Letters around the dinner table over the course of a few weeks when I was in late middle school. It took me a few letters to wrap my mind around it being written from a devil’s perspective. I had to keep reminding myself that “the Enemy” wasn’t referring to Satan but God. But because I had to pay a bit more attention to keep things straight, I found the story/message more impactful.

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

What would happen if it were illegal to use an increasingly large number of the letters in our alphabet? Ella and the residents of Nollop find out when the island’s council bans the use of letters as they mysteriously drop from a memorial statue commemorating the author of the phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which contains all the letters of the alphabet. The letters written in the book contain the alphabet restrictions being laid on the citizens of Nollop.

Ella Minnow Pea is lots of fun for the English Major type or those who love words. It’s also an interesting reflection on freedom of expression, fear mongering, and totalitarian government.

What’s your favorite epistolary novel?

A book flight is a curated sampling of reading material that shares some defining quality: theme, setting, time frame, subject matter, etc. Like a beverage flight, the samples are selected with care and presented together intentionally with the purpose of expanding the sampler’s horizons, developing literary discernment, and encouraging reflection and analysis as she considers, compares, and contrasts each book.