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



0689867298 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.
9780545226738 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.
1416983015 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.
9781599909882 Goodnight, Me
By: Andrew Daddo
Illustrated by: Emma Quay

A baby orangutan says goodnight to each and every part of himself until sleep finally comes.
0763675881 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.
0399549471 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.
9780394882536 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.
9781589256279 Monsters Dance
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.
9780062274472 Touch the Brightest Star
By: Christie Matheson

An interactive picture book showcasing the beauty of nighttime.
9781680105155 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Baby
By: Sarah Ward

A bedtime rhyme as animals prepare for bed. A peek-through pages board book.
9780756638689 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.


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