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Children's Books by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban

Updated on October 5, 2014

Kids Books with Delightful Animals: Beavers, Badgers, Moles, Otters, and Brutes

I love the children's books written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban.

The delightful animals depicted in black and white are not the normal cutesy cats or dogs or bunnies. No, the Hobans wrote about badgers, beavers, moles, otters, and even some Brutes. These critters are still cute, just different than the typical animals shown in most picture books.

The stories are simple and sweet. They give a lesson without being preachy. They're perfect!

This is my copy of Charlie the Tramp from 1966. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

~*~ Charlie the Tramp ~*~ My Favorite!

Charlie the Tramp - by Russell Hoban, Illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Charlie is a beaver who decides one day that he doesn't want to be a beaver. He wants to be a tramp instead.

Read this book, alone or with a child, to see what happens when Charlie goes off tramping on his own.

The wonderful ending makes the entire beaver family happy and proud of Charlie.

Frances the Badger

Bread and Jam for Frances

Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Level 2)
Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Level 2)

These Frances the badger books are sweet and tell a nice story in a way that's easy for kids to understand and relate to.


The Brutes

The Mole Family Christmas

The Mole Family Christmas - Moles Celebrate Christmas

Find out what happens one winter before Christmas when Delver Mole learns that Christmas exists.

Will "the fat man in the red suit" bring him what he wants most: a telescope? Read this to your child in the weeks leading up to Christmas as a fun way to build the anticipation and suspense of the magical holiday season.

This is a charming book that is so sweet and adorable.

Emmett Otter

Arthur and Violet Books by Lillian Hoban

Arthur's Pen Pal - by Lillian Hoban

~* The Marizipan Pig *~ by Russell Hoban

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Have You Read Any of the Hoban's Children's Books?

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    • BarbRad profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have not only read most of them, I've also sold them in my online store for years.

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      6 years ago from State of Confusion

      Actually I have read several but did not realize because I did not remember the author. The titles yes that's how I now now the author. Thanks for the reference.

    • Joan Haines profile image

      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      As a kid, I really like "Bedtime for Francis." I could relate to stalling going to bed. The illustrations are so cute!

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      6 years ago

      Delighted you have reminded me of an old favorite of mine, Charlie The Tramp! I will definitely add that to my book list for my grandson!

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      6 years ago

      Some of them have been around a long time. I remember Bedtime for Frances and Bread and Jam for Frances from when I was little.

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      6 years ago

      I had not heard of RUssell and Lillian Hoban, but these books look absolutely delightful.


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