This post is part of the 31 Days of Literature Unit Ideas series. You can find all of the books in the series here. And if you'd like to use this book as a literature unit, you can find a FREE printable guide at the bottom of this post.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is one I've read to my kids since they were babies with board books. By the author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, also has the soft, beautiful illustrations and the gentle story with a focus on family.
The little bunny in the story is longing for a little independence- as do our own little bunnies at times. He informs Mama Bunny that he is going to run away. He quickly realizes, however, that he'll never get away from Mama Bunny's love. As he names all the ways he'll try to run away, she constantly assures him that she'll always follow him. The book's illustrations demonstrate the many ways in which Mama Bunny will always stay with her little bunny.
- Little Bunny wants to turn into a trout. Learn more about trout here.
- Watch this video to learn the names of common fish.
- Running away isn't really a good idea and isn't really as fun as Little Bunny wants to think it is. Take time to talk with kids about why Little Bunny might have wanted to run away. Is running away a good idea? What else could Little Bunny do if he had a problem?
- Little Bunny then says he'll become a rock. Learn more about rocks and minerals from Science Kids.
- Use this fun experiment with crayons to learn about the rock cycle.
- Throughout the story, Little Bunny makes up all kinds of stories about what he's going to do. Have your child write- or narrate- a story about the place he or she would go if he could be anything.
- When Little Bunny is going to become a flower, his mother becomes the gardener. Learn about starting a garden here.
- Use this interactive video to learn about plants and plant parts.
- The picture of Mama Bunny with Little Bunny toward the end of the book is the same picture from the book Goodnight Moon. Read both books and have the kids compare the pictures and the stories.
- Little Bunny also proposes that he turn into a bird. Watch this video to learn more about birds.
- Mama Bunny says she'll turn into the wind to blow his sailboat. Try this experiment to see the power of the wind.
- Little Bunny talks about joining the circus. Read this page to learn more about the circus.
- Make your own flowers and flower garden with these flower crafts for kids.
- Little Bunny says he'll turn into a sailboat. Make your own simple sailboat.
- Make your own bunny ears and act our the story.
- Take a trip to the pet store and see bunnies.
- Use these free The Runaway Bunny printables as you read the book.
- Homeschool Share has a free Runaway Bunny lapbook.
- This is a cute story time video of the reading of the book.
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn
- Big Treasury of Little Animals by Phoebe Dunn
- So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton
- If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullen
- Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
If you'd like to use this book as a literature unit study, you can download a FREE printable guide here.