Rabbits have always been a popular source of lovable storybook friends for children and grown-ups alike. Some of them are best as reads we think, whether in paper or e-book format. Others can also be found only in short cartoons and movies. Introducing your child to some of these beloved bunnies will help him to relate to his own small pet rabbit. For the enrichment of our young friends, as well as your delight, here are some kid-friendly books and movies that the entire family can enjoy.
Cherished timeless classic reads such as Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit are available in paper and in e-book formats. Two of our all-time favorite bunnies are the cranky but lovable Rabbit from The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. Another classic character is the Easter bunny, of which there are countless stories and media productions sure to entertain. Add to this one of our favorite newer books Rigley Rabbit and His Ginormous Floppy Ears by author Amy Willaford. Reading is fun and builds cognitive understanding while allowing time together in a shared activity. Perhaps having built their reading skills up there will be time for a cartoon as well?
If so, here are some friends that are better known onscreen. Here Comes Peter Cottontail is a popular story from the 1970’s about a bunny that learns a lesson in humility. It is mostly known and available in remastered DVD form that your children are sure to enjoy viewing. Bugs Bunny has delighted children for decades. He’s been outrunning Elmer Fudd and his handy rifle next to forever. Catch up with his antics in the biographical book Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare. He is also in many cartoons that can be found on major retail sites. Other well-known recommended cartoon inspired rabbit picks include Thumper in Disney’s Bambi, the White Rabbit and March Hare in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and Disney’s lesser known Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The elusive Brer Rabbit and his crazy antics can be found in the hard to find Disney movie Song of the South, although some have expressed concern due to perceived cultural stereotypes that linger in this film.
These are just a few of ideas for the children in your life. A bunch of fun rabbits are out there, and they’re just waiting to get to know your kids. What better way to spend a quiet afternoon then getting to know them. We hope these fluffy friends will encourage your child’s imagination as he or she explores the world through books and film. Please look around at the links below and let us know what furry friends your child is learning about. Happy exploring!