The Runaway Bunny

Title: The Runaway Bunny

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrator: Clement Hurd

Age: preschool, early elementary, elementary

Description: A little bunny decides that he wants to run away from his mother. However, she won’t allow it, and finds a way to always follow him wherever his imagination takes him.


  • why questions
  • inferencing/prediction
  • descriptive language
  • “if, then” sentence structures, causals
  • early narrative- retell

Why I like this book: Most children can relate to strong message of love and commitment of the mother bunny.

Ideas for use:

  • A great story to model “why”/”because”: Why does the mother follow the bunny? Why did she want to be a fisherman? Why did she want to be a mountain climber? etc.
  • Have children make guesses as to what the mom would become when the little bunny decides to find a way to get away (i.e. he says he’ll be sailboat and sail away- what could mom become (wind)?; He says he’ll join a circus and fly away on a trapeze- what could she be to catch him?(tight rope walker))
  • Read the story to the child, without showing the colorful picture scene. See if they can visualize ( (great to pair with the Visualizing and Verbalizing program)- What do they envision? Have them draw what they picture. For example, the circus- Help them develop the scene: what would they see (clowns, crowds), hear (lions roar), smell (popcorn), etc.
  • The story models “if, then” syntax throughout the story. During retell could also model causals (i.e. the mommy said she’d become a mountain climber beacuse the bunny wants to be a mountain)
  • Use the pictures, and have students “retell” the story. Encourage temporal markers (first, next, then after that). Can make boardmaker pictures to go along, and have students sequence and then re-tell.
  • Have students add to the story to address narrative generation, as well as sentence structure practice. What else could the bunny do to “get away”, and what would be mommy do? (i.e. If you run after me, I will become a horse, and ride away…..the mommy would become a cowboy, and ride the horse back to the stable.) They can illustrate the story

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

Please support books4all and order this book from Amazon.  Thank you!

*Like this review and activities? Check out the Social Adventures App for more activities for children.


Not A Box

Book: Not a Box

Author: Antoinette Portis

Age: Preschool and School Age

Description: A creative rabbit who turns a box into anything and everything. He makes it clear that it’s NOT a box!


  • Flexibility
  • Ideation
  • Social Skills
  • Early Prediction
  • Question Formulation
  • Sentence structure (“not”)
Why I like this book: Great for discussion about flexibility. While reading, kids love to make guesses as to what it could be next.
Ideas for use: 
  • After reading a couple pages, see if kids can guess what it could be next? What could he be standing on? What could he be sitting in?
  • After reading the book, give kids their own box. What can they turn it into? If struggling to come up with ideas, have them act out the ideas in the story. Add on to the sequence. First it’s a car. Where will they drive to? What will they do next? Great for working on pretend play schemes and sequences.
  • In a group? Give each kiddo a piece of paper with a square (box). Give them 10-20 seconds then have them FREEZE. Switch papers. Give another 10-20 seconds. Exchange as many times as you’d like. Have kiddos talk about how their idea was changed. Great to discuss how we all have DIFFERENT ideas in our head. This can be challenging for our friends who struggle with flexibility…but a great exercise. If changing their own picture is too challenging, you can just have 1 box, and each add to it. A good exercise to discuss how teamwork can make a cool picture!
  • Great for modeling question formulation and auxiliaries  (i.e. Why ARE you sitting in that box?, What ARE you doing on top of that box? etc. ) You can modify these for your use. Have the kiddos ask the rabbit.
  • Great for modeling sentence structure of ” It’s NOT a box.” Ask your kiddo’s “Is it a box?”- “No, it’s NOT a box!”
Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

Please support books4all and order this book from

*Like this review and activities? Check out the Social Adventures App for more activities for children.