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Bunny Books: A Round-Up of Rabbit Books

The Children’s Book Review | April 14, 2014

Move over doggy and kitty books (unless you’re a book about a cat that wants to be a bunny), adorable bunny books are in abundance and multiplying all of the time. Whether you’re looking for an Easter basket filler, a simply sweet tale or something classic like The Velveteen Rabbit, we’ve got you covered with some of our new faves—and twice on the “Velveteen” front.

Here-Comes-The-Easter-Cat-By-Deborah-UnderwoodHere Comes the Easter Cat

By Deborah Underwood; Illustrated by Claudia Rueda

A cat with flair to spare, an Easter Bunny with a job to do, and a hilarious break from sticky-sweet Easter fare for fans of Patrick McDonnell and thePigeon books by Mo Willems.

Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind.

An homage to classic comic strips from the author of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book, this Easter treat has a bit of bite, a sweet center, and a satisfying finish—sure to inspire second helpings.

Ages 3-5 | Publisher: Dial | Jan. 28, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-0803739390

Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

By Margery Williams; Illustrations by William Nicholson

A deluxe gift edition of one of the most beloved children’s stories. With illustrations remastered from a 1922 first edition and a beautiful cloth binding with gold accents, this lovingly reconstructed classic is the ideal collectible gift for baby showers, birthdays, and holidays throughout the year. Includes a book plate for personalizing your gift.

At first a brand-new toy, now a threadbare and discarded nursery relic, the velveteen rabbit is saved from peril by a magic fairy who whisks him away to the idyllic world of Rabbitland. There, he becomes “Real,” a cherished childhood companion who will be loved for eternity. Treasured for generations, here is a timeless tale about the magic of boundless love, newly available with the luminous color of the original edition.

Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers | Jan. 28, 2014 | ISBN-13:  978-0385375665

The Velveteen RabbitThe Velveteen Rabbit: The Classic Edition

By Margery Williams; Illustrations by Charles Santore

The beloved story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the toy rabbit made real by the love of a boy, is now available in a beautiful board book format featuring original Charles Santore illustrations.

Description Originally published in 1922, the Velveteen Rabbit is a treasured classic that has warmed many hearts for decades. The same magnificent artwork as in the hardcover classic edition has been faithfully reproduced on sturdy board stock that will withstand repeated reading and handling. Children will love this format thanks to the convenient format, uplifting story and brilliant Santore illustrations.

Ages 5 and up | Applesauce Press | February 19, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-1604332773

Pat the Zoo: Pat the BunnyPat the Zoo (Touch-and-Feel Book) 

By Golden Books

Babies and toddlers will love to touch these eight different zoo animals: panda, elephant, giraffe, bird, frog, turtle, seal, and lion. This deluxe touch-and-feel book is based on the children’s classic, pat the bunny.

Ages 0-3 | Publisher: Golden Books | Aug. 7, 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-0307977977

Bunnies Near and Far by Sarah JonesBunnies Near and Far 

By Sarah Jones

Fluffy bunnies help introduce basic concepts to young minds.

Farmer Bo wants to know where his bunnies are. Some are near, some are far, some are walking, while some are in a car! Little readers will learn counting and opposites in this whimsical tale of bunnies on the go.

Ages 0-3 | Publisher: blue manatee press | Apr. 1, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1936669226

Found by Salina YoonFound

By Salina Yoon

One day, Bear found something in the forest.

When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newfound friend. What will happen when the bunny’s owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? Prolific author/illustrator Salina Yoon’s spare text and bright, energetic illustrations bring to life this endearing story celebrating love and friendship in many forms, reminding us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be found.

Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Walker Childrens | Apr. 1, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-0802735591

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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