February 02, 2011

Read Up: Hopppy New Year!

Happy New Year!

No, I am not a month late! I am referring to the Lunar New Year, AKA Chinese New Year (but many Asian cultures actually celebrate the Lunar New Year). This year, the new year falls on February 3, kicking off the Year of the Rabbit. If you were born in one of the following years--1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, or 1999--you are a rabbit! To sum up the characteristics of a person born in the Year of the Rabbit: they are very special! Just like everyone born in any of the 12 phases of the lunar cycle!

In honor of the bunnies out there, I am offering up a few of my favorite rabbit books--so let's hop to it!

A Boy and His Bunny
Sean Bryan & Tom Murphy
“One day a boy woke up with a bunny on his head.” It’s an amazing day, and a fun book full of simple pictures & funny rhymes—and you’ll love what Sister brings to the story.

Bunny Fun
Sarah Weeks & Sam Williams
Indoor time on a rainy day, with bright pictures & rhymes as we watch two friends play! There are some wonderful visuals for good things to do—and also a few opportunities to discuss the not-so-great choices!

Duck! Rabbit!
Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld
Is that a duck getting a drink, or a rabbit cooling its ears in the water? A pair of off-page voices disagree over the shape we see, and by the end, we’ve all been able to exercise our imaginations.

The Max & Ruby books
Rosemary Wells
The cute little bunny & his bossy big sister have made it to TV, but make sure you don’t overlook their books! In Bunny Cakes, Max is sent around to buy ingredients for Ruby to make Grandma’s birthday cake—but he also finds time to make one himself. There’s no recipe at the end, & you’ll understand why.

Not a Box
Antoinette Portis
I love this book (which looks like a box, but is not). The rabbit/child is playing with—well, with what the book’s off-page narrator thinks is a box. It’s not a box. It’s many, many things—but it is NOT NOT NOT NOT a box!

Read to Your Bunny
Rosemary Wells
Bunnies read outside & inside, day & night, in every situation possible. Bunnies show the rest of us how it’s done! Read to your bunny often.

If you have any favorite bunny books, or books on celebrations, or culture, or anything at all-- please tell me about them. I don't want to miss out!

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