The Velveteen Rabbit {Free eBook & Activities}

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams is a children’s book that finds its way onto most homeschool book lists.

The Velveteen Rabbit was a plush Christmas gift given to a young boy that quickly ended up in an an out-of-the-way cupboard largely unused.  In time the rabbit learned that “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” And the Velveteen Rabbit desperately wanted to be Real.

One evening when the boy couldn’t find the toy he usually slept with, his nurse grabbed the Velveteen Rabbit.  And so starts the rabbit’s journey to becoming Real.

The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic, having withstood the test of time, that makes a wonderful family read-aloud — and it is free!

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  • For younger children, simply enjoying the book and retelling what they read will be enough.
  • Create an illustration of your favorite scene.  Include a narration at the bottom of your drawing.  (Drawing & Writing Paper works well for this.)
  • Write a short story of your own featuring a favorite stuffed animal.
  • Make an author page for your notebook.
  • Add the book to your literature notebook.

Further Investigation

Margery Williams
Biography of the author.


The Velveteen Rabbit Book Report Form
Worksheet from for older students that uses the story to focus on the parts of a short story.

The Velveteen Rabbit {Free eBook & Activities}

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Our favorite paperback version for those interested.  Also available in hardback.

The Velveteen Rabbit {Free eBook & Activities}

The Velveteen Rabbit Coloring Book: The Complete Story
Black and white version published by Dover that can be read or colored.

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Velveteen Rabbit Factsheet
Teacher’s notes include summary, background, themes, teaching ideas, and four printable activities.

Much-Loved Velveteen Rabbit
Lesson plan from Crayola where students make a new rabbit and a loved rabbit.

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Velveteen Rabbit Coloring Page
Printable from

The Velveteen Rabbit Notebooking Pages
Simple pages for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.

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