Which animals are out and about in the night, while we sleep? Stories featuring owls, bats, hedgehogs, raccoons, and crickets would celebrate nocturnal animals. For a craft project, you can make simple paperbag puppets of the animals featured in the books you use. Or, try Zoomwhales for more ideas.
Carle, Eric. THE VERY QUIET CRICKET. A young cricket tries to make a sound by rubbing his legs together.
Edwards, Pamela D. WHILE THE WORLD IS SLEEPING. A sleepy child flies through the night sky and sees foxes, rabbits, raccoons, and other nocturnal creatures.
Ericsson, Jennifer A. WHOO GOES THERE? Cumulative tale of an owl watching out for his dinner.
Fraser, Mary Ann. PET SHOP LULLABY. A hamster’s nighttime routine keeps the other animals awake.
Hutchins, Pat. GOOD-NIGHT OWL! A cumulative story of various forest creatures (and the noises they make) as they go to sleep.
Lies, Brian. BATS AT THE LIBRARY. The bats enter the library at night through an open window, and discover lots of fun things to do!
Penn, Audrey. A BEDTIME KISS FOR CHESTER RACCOON. Chester is afraid of the shadows cast by the sun, as he goes to bed at dawn.
Rose, Deborah Lee. ONE NIGHTTIME SEA. A counting book of sea animals, from whales to turtles.
Waddell, Martin. OWL BABIES. In this charming rhyming story, three sibling owls wait for their mother to return from hunting.