Thematic Reading List: 21 Bunnies Hop into Picture Books


Beatrix Potter seemed to immortalize rabbits when she introduced the world to Peter Rabbit. In all, she would write 23 tales about rabbits and outdoor creatures. Whether rabbits show up as main characters or stuffed animals, rabbits have been quite popular in picture books. Here is our list of bunnies who bounce along the pages of picture books.







9781433680458 Audrey Bunny
By: Angie Smith

A stuffed bunny named Audrey worries that a child would never choose her because of her imperfections, until a little girl named Caroline comes along and loves her regardless.
9780763657147 The Black Rabbit
By: Philippa Leathers

There’s a large black rabbit chasing him, and no matter where he runs, the shadowy rabbit follows, but finally in the deep, dark wood, Rabbit loses his nemesis only to encounter a real foe.
0152163166 Bunny Bungalow
By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Nancy Hayashi

A family of rabbits moves into a cozy bungalow which they decorate and make into a perfect bunny home.
9780439259828 Bunny Trouble
By: Hans Wilhelm

Ralph the bunny only wants to play soccer while all the other rabbits work hard getting eggs ready for Easter, until his playing gets him caught by a farmer wanting some rabbit pie.
0545138515 Dear Bunny
By: Michaela Morgan
Illustrated by: Caroline Jayne Church

Tino and Teeny, two love-struck bunnies, leave letters for one another in a hollow log which is home to a family of mice who, once they realize they have destroyed the love letters, make a patchwork Valentine for the bunnies.
054503938X The Dumb Bunnies
By: Dav Pilkey (sometimes listed under his pseudonym Sue Denim)

Follows the adventures of the Dumb Bunnies, a rabbit family that does everything without any rhyme or reason.
006020706X Goodnight, Moon
By: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by: Clement Hurd

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
9781596435025 Hey, Rabbit!
By: Sergio Ruzzier

One by one, Rabbit opens his suitcase for his friends, who are curious to see inside, imagining the suitcase overflowing with their cherished dreams.
1844280594 Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale
By: Mo Willems

A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.
9781561457090 Lion vs Rabbit
By: Alex Latimer

Lion is mean to everyone. When the other animals can’t take his bullying anymore, they hire Rabbit to outsmart him.
9780763626723 The Magic Rabbit
By: Annette Cate

When Bunny becomes separated from Ray, a magician who is his business partner and friend, he follows a crowd to a park where he has a lovely afternoon, and after the people leave and darkness falls, the lonely and frightened Bunny finds a glittering trail of hope.
9780670784615 Max and Ruby at the Warthogs’ Wedding
By: Rosemary Wells

Shortly before the Warthogs’ wedding is set to begin, ring-bearer Max loses the ring and he, Ruby, and their friend Louise search the Ritz Hotel from bottom to top trying to get it back in time.
9780230701472 Moon Rabbit
By: Natalie Russell

A city rabbit befriends a country rabbit, but soon she misses her home with its cafes and bright lights.
0307120007 Pat the Bunny
By: Dorothy Kunhardt

Paul and Judy touch a rabbit, smell flowers, look in the mirror, and participate in other activities, in a book that includes liftable flaps, textured insets, holes, and embedded objects.
0486293696 Peter Cottontail
By: Thornton W. Burgess

Unhappy with his “common” name, Peter Rabbit decides to change it to something that sounds more important.
1582349592 Rabbit Ears
By: Amber Stewart

Hopscotch the rabbit refuses to wash his ears until his older cousin comes to visit and he learns something about being grown up.
0763607312 Rabbit Food
By: Susanna Gretz

Uncle Bunny, who has been summoned to make sure that John joins his fellow rabbits in eating lots of vegetables, reveals a surprising dislike for carrots.
0898459958 The Runaway Bunny
By Margaret Wise Brown

A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.
1551360489 The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By: Beatrix Potter

The story of a little rabbit, Peter, who disobeyed his mother and ventured into Mr. McGregor’s cabbage patch, only to end up losing all his clothes before he could get away.
9780385375665 The Velveteen Rabbit
By: Margery Williams

By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
9780316226141 Wolfie the Bunny
By: Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.


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