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 . . .
The Velveteen Rabbit
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.
Make Way for Ducklings
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
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)
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
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.
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
Ms. 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
- 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.