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Hoppy National Rabbit Week!

There have been jokes for decades that if you want to write a children’s book, be sure to include a rabbit. There was even a book about publishing in the children’s book market titled It’s a Bunny Eat Bunny World. The Children’s Book Council hosts an annual trivia challenge lovingly called “The Golden Bunnies.” Why are there jokes about children’s books and bunnies?

"Golden Bunnies" from the CBC Trivia Challenge

 

The answer is pretty evident when you start to think of all the rabbits, hares, and other Leporidae readers meet throughout childhood.

Attend a baby shower and you’ll likely see copies of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic tales The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon. The contemporary classic Guess How Much I Love You stars Big and Little Nutbrown Hares. Pat the Bunny was even spied on the hostess stand at a Brooklyn restaurant.

Pat the Bunny on a restaurant hostess stand.

 

If you need something more classical than these tales, you can turn to Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit or The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. You can choose from dozens of versions of the Aesop fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Since 1922, readers have contemplated the power of love with The Velveteen Rabbit.

Perhaps you’d like an award winner? How about Caldecott books My Friend Rabbit, Knuffle Bunny, Marshmallow, or Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present? There’s even the Newbery winner Rabbit Hill.

From the spooky-funny Bunnicula to the china rabbit in The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane to the epic adventure of Watership Down, bunnies don’t shy away from starring in novels, either. Of course, Rabbit from the world of Winnie-the-Pooh and the White Rabbit who crosses paths with Alice in Wonderland shouldn’t be overlooked.

So as this National Rabbit Week draws to a close, take some time to reintroduce yourself to a childhood rabbit, meet a new bunny or two, and maybe sit down to read with a nice slice of carrot cake close at hand.

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