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April 04, 1999

Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian, Los Angeles Public Library.

Today the Easter Bunny makes his annual appearance, but we can remember him by reading rabbit stories year-round.

Babies and toddlers: "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny," by Beatrix Potter.

Sit your baby on your lap and introduce him or her to the pastoral world of one of the most beloved authors in children's literature.


Preschool and kindergarten: "The ABC Bunny," by Wanda Gag.

Bunny finds adventure on his journey home in this classic alphabet book.


First and second grade: "Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion," by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

In this Swahili folk tale, Lion is forced to admit that he is not as clever as the wily rabbit.


Third grade: "Bunny Riddles," by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, illustrated by Nicole Rubel.

Easy-to-read jokes that youngsters will love.


Fourth and fifth: "Bunnicula," by Deborah and James Howe.

Harold the dog relates what happens to his family when Chester the cat thinks bunny is a vampire.


Some of the books to be read on KCET's "Storytime," Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

* "Contrary Mary," by Anita Jeram.

Mary the mouse decides to do the opposite of what she is supposed to do, including dressing backward and walking on her hands. That night, her mother tucks Mary in bed upside down, kisses her toes and says good morning. (Themes: cooperation, family, opposites.)


* "Jessica," by Kevin Henkes.

Ruthie does not want to part with her imaginary friend named Jessica until the first day of kindergarten, when she meets a real girl named Jessica. (Themes: friendship, imagination.)


* "If," by Sarah Perry.

A picture book depicting all sorts of fantasy scenarios, including if cats could fly and if frogs ate rainbows. (Themes: imagination, fantasy.)

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