When an agent shopped the Little Bunny series around a few years ago the response he often received was “we love these, but we don’t know what to do with them". As I interact with more and more Little Bunny fans I am beginning to see the dilemma.
I made the books for my own children. The stories are rather didactic. But a 2 or 3 year olds’ life is very regulated and full of instruction, so the stories feel like their own experiences and have a comforting tone.
As my children grew older and started to learn basic academic skills, I made the worksheets. Then we read the books together and the familiar stories made great first readers.
But as a result, LBs doesn’t fit easily into a standard category for childrens’ lit. They aren’t board books or 1st readers. The books are comforting for 2 or 3 year olds but too simple and didactic for 5 year olds.
So I recommend you use LBs just as we did; as comforting stories for 2 and 3 year olds, fun hands-on worksheets for 4 and 5 year olds and for those who love the simple, sweet stories as easy, familiar 1st readers.