In honour of Easter, and springtime in the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d recommend to you some delightful children’s books about bunnies. Some are Easter Bunnies, some are toys, and some are just bunnies living their lives. I hope you enjoy!
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Du Bose Hayward
The Country Bunny was probably my favourite Easter story as a child. It’s about a young, small, female rabbit who dreams of becoming an Easter Bunny, but she is ridiculed by others so she follows the expected path and becomes a mother. She raises them well, and when they’re old enough she takes them to see the Easter Bunny selection, where her childhood dreams come true. I love the messages in this book, and they still resonate with me today.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Velveteen Rabbit was my favourite Bunny book ever as a child. It’s the story of a toy bunny who longs to become a real rabbit. A part of me always hoped that one day my toys would become real.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
This is a bit longer than the other books on this list, but well worth the read. It caught my attention after it was used on a Korean drama back in 2012, and I loved it. It’s about a china rabbit called Edward Tulane who is very arrogant about his own worth. His owner, a little girl, adores him and takes very good care of him. But one day, he is lost. The story follows his journey to find his home, and all the people (and creatures) he meets on the way.
Grandfather Bunny by Jane Werner Watson
I’ve always loved the illustrations in this Little Golden Book. Everything is so colourful! It’s the story of a bunny and his descendants painting everything from Easter eggs to snow, and everything in between. The end is sad in a metaphorical kind of way, but it’s beautiful too.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
How could I possibly leave out this classic? Peter Rabbit is the most famous literary bunny in the world I’d wager. It’s about a young rabbit who can’t help but get into mischief (and who almost gets himself eaten).
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This book was published when I was a teenager, but I read it to my baby cousin. It’s about the love between a mother and her child. What could be more beautiful?
Have you read any of these books? What were your favourite kids books with bunnies? Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments below!