15 Picture Books About Night

15 incredible children's picture books about night - from old time favorites to new authors - there are plenty of books to keep your kids entertained on long winter nights.

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

nightsongNight song by Ari Berk

A sweet story about a bat who finds his song, this book is about growing up.  It is an endearing story.

owl moonOwl 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 sendakIn 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 animalsNight 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 rathmannGood 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!!!

stella lunaStellaluna by Janell Cannon

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 moonI 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

pop up piratesThe 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 animalsDream Animals by Animal Winfield Martin

This is the perfect bedtime book for little ones.  What will your dream animal be?

how to catch a starHow 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 skyZoo 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!

Dark EmpererDark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

This 2011 Newberry Honor book has beautiful poetry about the forrest at night.

Little Owls Night 1Little 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.

noisy nightNoisy Night by Mac Barnett

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.

Need a great book about night? We've got a list for all the children in your lifeBooks about night. From Silly to sweet, funny to educational- we have them all.

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