Bunnies, Rabbits & Ducks – Short Bedtime Stories for Kids

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Last week I shared some Easter books I saw in Barnes & Noble last week. On that same trip, I found lots of bunny & rabbit books that are classics – just perfect short bedtime stories for kids . . .


short bedtime stories for kids - classic books for kids of all ages, recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams

I still remember this book from my own childhood. Definitely a classic story for kids.  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.

Velveteen Rabbit & Make Way for Ducklings - Short bedtime stories for kids - recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comTreasured for generations, here is a timeless tale about the magic of boundless love, newly available with the luminous color of the original edition.

Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey

Another classic book for kids. My kids  loved reading this book…and so did I.  If you’ve read this book, you know that Mrs. Mallard wants her family to live in Boston Public Gardens, but there’s a problem. How can she get the ducklings through the busy streets of Boston?

When we visited Boston, we saw the bronze statues of Mrs. Mallard & her ducklings. Although my kids were too old, we enjoyed watching the young ones sit on the ducklings. This is a universal book that kids of all ages enjoy.

Real Life Make Way for Ducklings

In 2009, a mallard hen laid her nest on top Sterling Savings Bank building in downtown Spokane.  See pictures of the entire story by clicking here or here.

Pat the Bunny (1st interactive book) - Short bedtime stories for kids - recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com



Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)
Dorothy Kunhardt

I didn’t have this book as a child, but my kids enjoyed it. One of the first interactive bedtime stories for kids.

Your children will love touching the different textures throughout this lovely book.



I Am a Bunny (A Golden Sturdy Book)
by Ole Risom, Illustrated by Richard Scarry

I Am a Bunny {Richard Scarry classic} - Short bedtime stories for kids - recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comI included this book because it reminds me of all the Golden Books & Richard Scarry books we have. I love Golden Books, don’t you?

Generations of children around the world have grown up spending hours loving books by the Richard Scarry, filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood.

If you like other Richard Scarry books, such as Busy, Busy Town or  Please and Thank You Book , you’ll like this one. I Am a Bunny celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. I plan to include this in my grandkids’ libraries.

Two of My Favorites

I’ve left my favorite bunny classics to the end.  Bunnies who are on the run! These are wonderful short bedtime stories for kids .

The Runaway Bunny
Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny {Classic by Margaret Wise Brown} Short bedtime stories for kids - recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comMs. Brown is another of my favorite childhood authors. Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has never been out of print. That tells you something about the quality of this lovely story.

The young bunny wants to run away from its mother, but mother bunny says, “‘If you run away,’ said his mother, ‘I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.'”

So begins the game between young bunny & mother bunny.

If you like this, you’ll surely like Goodnight Moon. Our kids loved this so much it is completely dog-eared.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit {Classic by Beatrix Potter} Short bedtime stories for kids - recommended by HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comA few facts about Peter Rabbit:

  • Since 1902, over 40 million copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit have been sold worldwide, in more than 35 languages.
  • Recently, it was named the second best-selling children’s book of all time by Publishers Weekly.

Peter is always getting into trouble & always on the run from Mr. McGregor.  Your kids will love this story & probably identify with good ol’ Peter.  It’s definitely a classic – one you’ll want to read & re-read as a bedtime story.

If you’re interested in all 23 of Beatrix Potter’s tales, click here.

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.Question: What are you favorite short bedtime stories for kids – especially bunny tales? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


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