Books For Independent Reading

Books for the Library Corner

newWhat the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees
by Nancy Tafuri
Greenwillow 1997 (32p)
Large illustrations and simple text contrast what the sun sees during the day and what the moon sees at night.
newA Good Night's Sleep
by Allan Fowler
Childrens 1996 (32p) also paper
Photographs and brief text explain why sleep is important and show animals and people sleeping.
newGood Night, Mr. Night
by Dan Yaccarino
Harcourt 1997 (32p)
In this calming tale, Mr. Night slips into a boy's bedroom and helps him fall asleep.
Night House, Bright House
by Monica Wellington
Dutton 1997 (32p)
As ten mice and a cat chase each other through the rooms of a house, objects in the rooms wake up and talk in rhyming verse.
Putting the World to Sleep
by Shelley Moore Thomas
Houghton 1995 (32p)
As dusk falls, the world outside gets ready for nighttime and a mother rocks her baby to sleep.
Some Sleep Standing Up
by Susan Stockdale
Simon 1996 (32p)
Cut-paper pictures reveal the many ways animals sleep, including standing up, underground, and upside down.
Can't Sleep
by Chris Raschka
Orchard 1995 (32p)
The moon comforts the bedtime fears of a little dog who can't sleep

Books for Teachers to Read Aloud

newSleep Is for Everyone
by Paul Showers
Harper 1997 (32p) also paper
Bright pictures and simple text show how animals and people sleep and what happens when they don't get enough rest.
newNorthwoods Cradle Song: From a Menominee Lullaby
by Douglas Wood
In a poetic adaptation of a traditional Native American lullaby, images of the natural world reveal a timeless sense of night.
newThe Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed
by Helen Cooper
Dial 1997 (32p)
After a boy announces to his mother that he's going to stay up all night, he zooms off in a toy car so his mother can't catch him.
Possum's Harvest Moon
by Anne Hunter
Houghton 1996 (32p)
One autumn evening when the moon is full, Possum decides to throw a party, but his animal friends seem too busy getting ready for winter to attend.
Night Gliders
by Joanne Ryder
Bridgewater 1996 (32p)
Four flying squirrels leap and glide through the night, feeding and playing until daylight arrives.
Oliver's Wood
by Sue Hendra
Candlewick 1996 (26p)
Oliver the owl stays up so late one night that he sees the sun come up.
Harry and the Terrible Whatzit
by Dick Gackenbach
Houghton 1978 (32p) also paper
Harry musters his courage to go into the dark cellar to look for his mother. Available in Spanish as Harry y el terrible quiensabequࢹ.
Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
by Martin Waddell
Candlewick 1988 (32p) also paper
At bedtime, Little Bear is afraid of the dark until Big Bear shows him that the moon and the stars bring light to the night

Books for Shared Reading

newTime to Sleep
by Denise Fleming
Holt 1997 (32p)
With a chill in the air, Bear spreads the news to the other animals that it's time for their winter sleep in this circular, repetitive story.
newLittle Donkey Close Your Eyes
by Margaret Wise Brown
Harper 1995 (32p)
As day comes to a close, various animals from around the world and a child end their busy day and prepare to sleep.
A Mouse Told His Mother
by Bethany Roberts
Little 1997 (32p)
As he is coaxed through his bedtime rituals by his mother, a mouse imagines having all sorts of exciting adventures.
Fireflies, Fireflies, Light My Way
by Jonathan London
Viking (32p) 1996
Fireflies lead a child through a nighttime world of leaping bullfrogs, playful otters, and squawking ducks in this rhyming story.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby
by Mingfong Ho
Orchard 1996 (32p)
A mother tries to hush elephants and mosquitoes and other animals whose sounds threaten to wake her baby.
Good Night, Dinosaurs
by Judy Sierra
Clarion 1996 (32p)
Pteranodons put their nightgowns on and other dinosaurs get ready for bed in a rhyming story about prehistoric bedtime.
Ten Flashing Fireflies
by Philomen Sturgeon
North-South 1995 (32p)
One summer evening, a brother and sister catch and count ten fireflies before letting them go again.

Now Available in Paperback

newHow Many Stars in the Sky?
Lenny Hort
Going to Sleep on the Farm
by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
K Is for Kiss Goodnight: A Bedtime Alphabet
by Jill Sardegna
by Frank Asch
Midnight Pillow Fight
by Jan Omerod

Now Available in Spanish

Bedtime for Frances (La hora de acostarse de Francisca)
by Russell Hoban

Now Available as a Big Book

Time for Bed
by Mem Fox

Now Out of Print

newIn the Still of the Night
by Jennifer Selby
All Night Near the Water
by Jim Arnosky
Still as a Star: A Book of Nighttime Poems
by Lee Bennett Hopkins