20 Nocturnal Animals Book List

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Teaching our little learners all about nocturnal animals is such a fun and important unit! There are so many fun ways to explore this nocturnal animal unit. You’ll get to watch little minds be amazed as they learn all about the different animals and how they live. It’s SO FUN to watch them read through nocturnal animal books, too!

Finding different nocturnal animal books to read along with them is a great addition to units just like these. And they get to learn all about the different animals there are!

Taking the time to read nocturnal animal books is so important for growing little minds as they go through this nocturnal animal unit! Our little learners will get to discover all kinds of new things about the different nocturnal animals. Some things they may already know, however, others might be totally new to them!

I found some really fun nocturnal animal books for you to use with this nocturnal animal unit that can easily be purchased on Amazon. Just click the links below and stock up on some of your favorite nocturnal animal books! I love to use my prime membership since I get FREE 2-day shipping and can have books in my hands very quickly!

The Moonlight Meeting

In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider, and Dawn, a serious fox, introduce their nighttime world to early readers. The story emphasizes friendship, sharing, and humor. Includes bonus animal glossary.

I am Bat

Join the grumpily adorable Bat as he searches for his missing cherries in this vibrant and hilarious picture book.

Night Animals

Owls, raccoons, bats, and fireflies are featured in this intriguing book about nocturnal animals. Simple text introduces children to these nighttime hunters and the special senses they possess that help them find food in the dark. It also acquaints children with animals such as red foxes, which hunt both in the day and at night. An activity asks readers to identify which animals they see during the day and which animals come out at night.

Out of Sight til Tonight!

The Cat in the Hat, Sally, and Dick visit with nocturnal animals and learn about their special adaptations for surviving in the dark! Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the gang meet a host of common critters (among them raccoons, owls, and bats), as well as more exotic creatures (including aye-ayes, sidewinders, and kiwi birds), all of whom are active during the night and sleep during the day. Beginning readers will learn how eye shine makes some animals’ eyes glow in the dark, how bats can “see” in the dark using high-pitched squeaks, and much, much more!

Daytime Nighttime All Through the Year

Engaging rhymes and evocative artwork introduce the busy diurnal and nocturnal activities of the animal kingdom, from eagles that dive for fish and tortoises that dine on cactus flowers to bats that catch moths and cougars that prowl in the dark. Simultaneous.


They run in packs, stalk their prey, and howl at the moon. And no matter where you are—they’re always lurking somewhere nearby. Wolves, the predatory puppy dogs of the wild, are feared and loved by people everywhere. But are they misunderstood? In this fascinating level 2 reader, you’ll learn that there’s much more to being a wolf than most people could ever believe. Did you know that each pack has a pecking order? That wolves can “talk” to each other using body language? Or that they’re actually not out to attack humans, they usually leave people well enough alone? Full of incredible photographs and interesting information, Wolves will appeal to all kids.

Where are the Night Animals?

Did you know that a barn owl has one ear higher than the other? This helps it find squeaking mice that humans can’t hear. Baby opossum hang on to their mother’s fur for safety. Read and find out more about what nocturnal animals do as we sleep.

Nocturnal Animals

How do over-sized eyes help tarsiers see at night?  How do bats find food in the dark? These nocturnal animals have some fascinating ways to survive in the dark. Discover the amazing things nocturnal animals do when the sun goes down.

Moonlight Animals

Do you know what happens in the forest after dark? Now you can with a touch of the magic flashlight that reveals hidden creatures! Each spread appears to be dark, but once the flashlight is pointed, brilliant wildlife illustrations magically illuminate.

Bats at the Beach

Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach! So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don’t forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet. Brian Lies’s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats!

Zoobooks: Nocturnal Animals

Discusses the habits of animals that spend most of their lives in the dark, such as raccoons, owls, hyenas, and catfish, with facts and activities.

100 Facts: Nocturnal Animals

Step into the twilight and encounter a world of night-loving creatures. The secretive lives of nocturnal animals are explored in detail through one hundred facts, fantastic images, and fun cartoons. Read how they communicate and hunt, discover why they are active at night, and learn about the super senses that help them to thrive in the dark.


Gail Gibbons explores the mysterious world and workings of owls in her latest nonfiction picture book. She depicts numerous species of owls and discusses their biological similarities as well as their differences. She portrays their ideal habitats, life styles, birth and development and environmental hazards that are threatening certain species.

Bat Loves the Night

Night has fallen, and Bat awakens to find her evening meal. Follow her as she swoops into the shadows, shouting and flying, the echoes of her voice creating a sound picture of the world around her. When morning light creeps into the sky, Bat returns to the roost to feed her baby . . . and to rest until nighttime comes again. Bat loves the night!

Animals that Hunt in the Dark

Did you know that there are animals equipped with the senses that allow for successful hunting even in the dark? These are called nocturnal animals. This book for first graders will introduce some of the most popular nocturnal animals, what they look like and what make them special.

Explore my World: Nighttime

Curious kids ages 3 to 7 will be excited to learn about nighttime and all its mysteries, from the stars to hooting owls. These engaging Explore My World picture books on subjects kids care about combine simple stories with unforgettable photography. They invite little kids to take their first big steps toward understanding the world around them and are just the thing for parents and kids to curl up with and read aloud.

Night Animals

Something’s out there in the dark! First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running. “What could it possibly be?” asks Bat. “Night Animals!” the animals declare. “But you are night animals,” Bat informs this not-so-smart crew. Children will love the oh-so-funny animals in this twist on a cozy bedtime book.

Owl Babies

“I want my mommy!” Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Stunning illustrations from striking perspectives capture the anxious little owls as they worry. Not surprisingly, joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greet the mother’s return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.

Nocturnal Animals

Simple text and bright photographs explain the concept of nocturnal animals for beginning readers.  The book concludes with a simple, kid-friendly activity.

What if you Had Animal Eyes?

You wake up and realize something is different.  Your eyes are not your own! What If You Had Animal Eyes? — the next imaginative book in the What If You Had series — explores what would happen if you looked in the mirror and saw a pair of animal eyes instead of your own! From the chameleon’s eyes that can point in different directions, to the colossal squid’s eyes that shine in the dark, discover what it would be like if you had these special eyes — and find out why your eyes are just the right ones for you!

Teaching the Nocturnal animal unit is SO MUCH FUN for little learners as they explore all the different animals and how they live. It’s even more fun for us as we get to watch little minds learn and grow! Grab some fun and exciting Nocturnal animal books to use with your nocturnal animal unit and explore the different animals.

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