15 Picture Books About Night
Winter has arrived with a bang. With the short days and the long night, not to mention some snow, it is easy to fall into a rut. The kids spend less time playing outside and it’s time to start finding more indoor activities (frown). I think this is the perfect time to pull out all those great books about night. There are so many books that we hope that we can give you the perfect book list to last until spring.
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Picture Books About Night
A sweet story about a bat who finds his song, this book is about growing up. It is an endearing story.
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
This book is a Caldecott Award-winning book about the relationship between a child and her father and their relationship with nature.
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
This Caldecott Honor book is a classic tale about Mickey’s adventures in the baker’s kitchen. This fantastical, dreamy book entertains kids of all ages.
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
This is a hilarious story about a group of animals who are all afraid of night animals until they realize they are night animals! It’s silly and completely hilarious.
Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
We read this book in my house all the time. It is hilarious and silly with adorable pictures. I always wonder how anyone can sleep as soundly as this zoo keeper!!!
Baby bat, Stellaluna, and her mother are separated one night when searching for food. Stellaluna, who is lost and alone, is raised by a family of birds. This is a beautiful story about learning the accept differences and understanding that we are all the same in our hearts.
I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
This lyrically written book is about a boy who takes the moon for a walk and celebrates the world at night. It is sweet and gives a different view of the world
The Night Pirates Pop-up Adventure by Peter Harris
Pop-ups, pirates (who are girls) and a high seas adventure make this the perfect book for some night time laughs.
Dream Animals by Animal Winfield Martin
This is the perfect bedtime book for little ones. What will your dream animal be?
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
We really love this book in my house. The story is so sweet and the illustrations are beautiful. A little boy loves stars very much and would like to take one home. But how?
Zoo In the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton
National Geographic never fails to disappoint. This book has gorgeous pictures that bring to life the constellations in the night sky. I grew up learning about the constellations from my grandfather who was a navigator/ bomber in the Canadian army in the Second World War. I love showing this book to my kids especially since they find it fascinating with no influence from me!
Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky by Michael Driscoll
Looking for a more in depth look at the night sky? This is the perfect book for older kids.
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night
This 2011 Newberry Honor book has beautiful poetry about the forrest at night.
Little Owls Night by Divya Srinivasan
This is an adorable book for bedtime. Owl wants to know what goes on during the day. As his mother begins to tell him, the sun begins to rise and little Owl falls fast asleep.
What are the people above us doing? This book looks at one noisy apartment building floor by floor. The amazing split level spreads bring this story to life.