Thematic Reading List: All About Nighttime
Nighttime is a mysterious and wonderful time of day. Though it can be scary, these books are selected to showcase the beauty and calm that come with nighttime. From bedtime to the animals that are awake during the night, young readers will enjoy these selections as they prepare for bed. These books are written for ages 0-5, but parents and older siblings will enjoy them, as well. The dark of night is a blanket through these books, welcoming children to slumber in peace and serenity.
Contributed by: Mary Lanni
|ABC Animals, a Bedtime Story
By: Darice Bailer
Illustrated by: Judith Moffatt
Animals whose names start with each letter of the alphabet think up various excuses not to go to sleep at bedtime.
|Dot and Dash Go to Bed
By: Emma Dodd
Dash and Dot are getting ready for bed, but Dash doesn’t want to take a bath, and Dot doesn’t want to turn out the light.
|Good Night, Little Bunny: a touch-and-feel bedtime story
By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Sam Williams
Follow a little bunny as he puts on his pj’s, brushes his teeth, and gets ready for bed. Touch-and-feel elements throughout this sweet board book are sure to engage young readers as they follow this adorable bunny’s nighttime routine.
By: Andrew Daddo
Illustrated by: Emma Quay
A baby orangutan says goodnight to each and every part of himself until sleep finally comes.
|Hoot! Hoot!: with big flaps to lift
By: Sebastien Braun
Five lavishly illustrated spreads, big recessed flaps, and a host of nighttime animals to spot, name, and mimic combine in this delightful little board book for the very young.
|Hop Along, Boo: Time for Bed
By: Mandy Sutcliffe
Illustrated by: Mark Sperring
Belle and her rabbit, Boo, follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others on the way to their own cozy bed.
|How Many Kisses Good Night
By: Jean Monrad
Illustrated by: Laura J. Bryant
A gentle tribute to the loving moments shared between mothers and young children as they prepare for sleep. It is an introductory counting book and a bedtime story that is complemented by interactive lift-flaps. On board pages.
By: Ann Hodgman
Illustrated by: Hannah Wood
The reader is invited to join friendly monsters as they stomp, clomp, spin, flap, and clap their way through the night in a monsters dance.
|Touch the Brightest Star
By: Christie Matheson
An interactive picture book showcasing the beauty of nighttime.
|Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Baby
By: Sarah Ward
A bedtime rhyme as animals prepare for bed. A peek-through pages board book.
|Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
By: no author
Press the button to light the stars and watch them twinkle in the nighttime sky. The magic of this all-time classic is brought to life in this beautiful sing-along edition.