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  Watership Down (Paperback) 

Watership Down

Richard Adams (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Adventure Books, Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Watership Down" by Richard Adams, one of the best novels of the 20th century, is a riveting animal fantasy book beloved by young adults and adults alike. A group of rabbits set out on a long journey to find a new home after a small rabbit named Fiver senses great danger to their warren. They go through many adventures before reaching Watership Down. Soon after the rabbits settle down at their home on the down, they go on another dangerous adventure to fetch female rabbits from Efrafa, a warren tightly controlled by a ruthless Chief Rabbit, General Woundwort.

Part of the attraction of this classic adventure story stems from its diverse and interesting characters. The talking animals have distinct personalities. Hazel the leader is fair, quick-minded and always looks out for the interests of the group. Bigwig the fighter is strong, brave and willing to stick out for the weak. Fiver the prophet is small and nervous. Woundwort the villain is intelligent, fearless and power-crazy. "Watership Down" also includes several chapters of short tales about El-ahrairah, the "Prince with a Thousand Enemies", who is cunning and clever.

  Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Paperback) 

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula Series)

James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Animal Fantasy, Humorous Stories, Mystery Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Bunnicula" by Deborah Howe, James Howe and Alan Daniel is a favorite chapter book among children. In this humorous animal fantasy book, the Monroe family finds a bunny in a movie theater and names the animal Bunnicula. Chester the cat suspects Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit. Children in elementary school will enjoy reading this funny mystery story.

  Rabbit Hill (Paperback) 

Rabbit Hill

Robert Lawson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Rabbit Hill" by Robert Lawson is one of the Newbery-award-winning classic children's books. In this gentle chapter book, animals on Rabbit Hill are anxiously waiting for the arrival of new folks. Author Robert Lawson creates a few vivid animal characters, such as gentleman-like Father Rabbit, worry-prone Mother Rabbit, grumpy Uncle Rabbit and Little Georgie the rabbit. Children in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this sweet animal fantasy story.

  It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (Hardcover) 

It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)

Marilyn Sadler (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

In "It's Not Easy Being a Bunny ", P.J. Funnybunny doesn't want to be a bunny any more, so he tries living with other animals. The texts are simple and easy to read. The cartoon-like illustrations are colorful and humorous. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy this picture book by Marilyn Sadler.

  The Runaway Bunny (Board Books) 

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a favorite classic children's book about a mother's unconditional love for her child. A little bunny tells mother bunny about imaginative ways to run away. Mother bunny comes up with equally imaginative ways to follow him. This comforting picture book appeals to preschoolers and holds interest of toddlers and kindergartners as well.

  Goodnight Moon (Board Books) 

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Goodnight Moon", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, is one of the best books for babies and toddlers. In this classic children's book, a little rabbit says goodnight to the moon and to all kinds of familiar things in his room. Soothing words and lulling illustrations make "Goodnight Moon" a very good picture book to read with children at bedtime. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this comforting bedtime story and the gentle rhyming words.

  Guess How Much I Love You (Board Books) 

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

In "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare and a father rabbit named Big Nutbrown Hare express their love for each other in playful banter. "Guess How Much I Love You" is a heartwarming bedtime story to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sweet story about family love will delight children and parents alike. It is one of our favorite picture books.