The Children’s Book Review | April 17, 2019
Chocolate and candy and sugar, oh my! How about adding something quite a bit healthier to those Easter baskets? Bunny books! We’ll still have the sweets too, though. *nomnom*
For kids ages 3 through 12, here are some charming and heartwarming books starring spring’s favorite animal … the rabbit!
Written by Clever Publishing
Illustrated by Julia Shigarova
We all know kids love playing hide-and-seek! The youngest readers will throughly enjoy following along to the words and pictures of this board book to find out where all of the sweet animals are hiding. On every page there is a puzzle piece to collect. On the final page, little fingers will put the large puzzle pieces together to find out where the fluffy white rabbit Max is hiding. This book is so “clever!” And, if this becomes a favorite, there are more Max the Rabbit books that you can get into those adorable, little preschooler hands: Max the Rabbit Learns to Swim, Max the Rabbit Digs a Hole, and Max the Rabbit Gets a Present.
Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Clever Publishing | February 26, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1948418072
Written by Amanda Rowe
Illustrated by Olga Skomorokhova
You can definitely add a splash of love to an Easter basket with this sweet, sentimental, and heartwarming board book. The illustrations are warm and inviting, matching the loving words that a mama rabbit shares with her young bunny.
Ages 3-6 | Publisher: Familius | March 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1641701112
Written and Illustrated by Catherine Lazar Odell
Now here is a pair of totally rad, female bunnies! Just as much about friendship as it is about perseverance, Pepper gives skateboarding a try with the full support of her friend Frannie. The mixed media illustrations are delightful, just like the story.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Page Street Kids | March 19, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1624146602
Written by Cynthia Lord
Photography by John Bald
Illustrated by Hazel Mitchell
What if you could borrow a bunny? Well, it turns out that you can. This is Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord’s account of how her family fosters rabbits. This narrative non-fiction picture book is blended with some fun animal facts, and you’ll wish you could reach into the pages and pat those fluffy pets. This is a great way to learn what it means to care for an animal.
Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | February 12, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-0374308414
As the back cover states: Dreams are only a hop away. In this illustrated chapter book, ideal for emerging readers, Daisy is bunnysitting her friend’s cute, fluffy bunny when it escapes into the World of Make Believe. Will Daisy and her imaginary friend Posey be able to find the bunny? Kids in kindergarten through 3rd grade will enjoy turning the pages to find out.
Ages 5-9 | Publisher: Little Simon | February 5, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1534426566
Because of the Rabbit
Written by Cynthia Lord
Two unlikely friends, Jack and Emma, bond over a rescue rabbit in this middle grade novel that beautifully honors the challenges of fitting in—even when you’re a little bit different. Not only a great fit for an Easter basket, this book is also a wonderful selection for summer reading, back to school time, and homeschooled kids getting ready to start public school.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Scholastic Press | March 26, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-0545914246