Young children are often fascinated by the moon, the stars and all things related to nighttime. Why not extend that curiosity with some great nighttime books for preschoolers?
This week our PLAYful Preschool theme is nighttime, so we have been reading lots of related books. There were so many to choose from at the library! After reading through them all a bunch of times, I have narrowed down our best picks for toddlers and preschoolers. These are short enough and simple enough to keep Evan engaged and interested. However, I am sure they would be a hit with all young children.
1. Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan- This is about a curious little owl that goes on an adventure in the night forest. He visits many nocturnal animals and takes in all the sights and sounds of the night. This is book is our top pick!
2. While The World Is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards – This book is about an owl who takes a young girl on a journey in the middle of the night. They see the moon, the stars and all types of nocturnal animals that are enjoying the night. We enjoyed this so much!
3 Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies – A group of mischievous, and often humorous, bats go on an exciting nighttime adventure to the beach. From the rhyming, descriptive text to the beautiful illustrations, this book is an absolute delight!
4. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies – This book is an excellent follow-up to Bats at the Beach. This time those humorous bats have crazy free-for-all in the library. This book will definitely excite your preschooler!
5. Night Rabbits by Monica Wellington – Two young rabbits go on a nighttime adventure that has them running into many different wild animals and some mischief along the way. The colorful and cheery illustrations are captivating.
6. Owlet’s First Flight by Mitra Modarressi – A cautious baby owl who has never left the nest before takes flight to explore the night on his mother’s urging. At first many of the sounds scare him, but he soon realizes that things aren’t always as scary as them seem and you can have quite an adventure if you are brave.
7. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell – Three little owl babies wake up in the middle of the night to find that their mother is not there anymore. Even though they think she is off hunting, they still can’t help but worry. It is dark and there are strange sounds, but soon they have reason to celebrate.
8. Night Lights by Susan Gal – This is a very simple book of words that relate to all the lights you see at night. Children will be intrigued by the illustrations that show firefly lights, candlelight, moonlight and many more!
9. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons- This is a non-fiction book about the moon. It is jam-packed with lots of information that you can use to teach your children about the moon. Some of it is more advanced than a typical preschooler would understand, but you can skip around and even simplify the information. The pictures alone are worth checking out this book.
10. Moonlight Animals by Elizabeth Golding – Ok, we haven’t had a chance to check this one out yet, but it looks awesome. I think Evan would love it and it seems to a hit with the people who have reviewed it. I can’t wait to get it!