Topic Books about Night and Day, Light, Dark and Shadows for children 

Night Monkey Day Monkey

by Julia Donaldson

Night Monkey and Day Monkey don’t think they have much in common. But when they each spend time in the other's opposite worlds, they learn a lot - and they also learn to be the best of friends. 

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by Lizi Boyd

Inside a tent it's cosy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told through images and using a dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature and art. 

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Jack's Amazing Shadow

by Tom Percival

Jack and his shadow are the VERY best of friends. But when Jack's shadow is naughty and Jack himself gets the blame they have a falling out. Will Jack and his shadow ever be reunited?


The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth

There was once a little prince who was afraid of the dark. When he is king, he decides to ban the dark. He installs an artificial sun and enforces 'anti-dark' laws. But what happens when nobody can sleep? A beautiful story about how we need the dark in order to enjoy the light.

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Fox in the Night

by Martin Jenkins

This beautiful picture book is the perfect introduction to light and dark. Fox is hungry. She waits until it’s dark and then she hunts for food, using the moon and the streetlights to find her way

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Hoot Owl

by Sean Taylor

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl – he’s a master of disguise! He uses his expert camouflage powers to trick his prey into succumbing to him! But, somehow, Hoot Owl's prey keeps escaping.. Perhaps he isn't quite as masterful as he believes.

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Peep Inside: Night Time 

by Anna Milbourne

A very simple non-fiction, lift-the-flap book for small children, packed with holes to peep through, flaps to peep beneath and snippets of factual information about what happens when night falls.

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The Dark

by Lemony Snicket

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in Laszlo's house but mostly spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does...Join Lazlo on his journey to meet the dark, and find out why it will never bother him again.

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Oscar and the Moth 

by Geoff Warring

As Oscar watches the sunset, he has lots of questions about light and dark. Who better to ask than Moth? Moth shows how sources of light are as different as the sun, stars and fireflies, and also explains how shadows are made and why darkness comes at night.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

The picture book version of the classic. Plop is a baby owl. Perfect in every way - except for one. He's afraid of the dark. But he soon discovers, through a variety of new friends, that dark can be fun and exciting and magical.

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Owl Babies 

by Martin Waddell

Three baby owls wake up one night to find that their mother has gone. Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.

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Orion and the Dark 

by Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of A LOT of things, but most of all he's scared of the dark. So one night Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure! Combining spell-binding storytelling with inventive die-cut pages, Dark really comes to life in this heartwarming tale.

Light and Dark 

by Anna Claybourne

How does light bend? Why do we see shadows? How far can you see? Find out the answers to these questions and more with fun experiments that show you how and why light and dark works! 

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by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

In this first ever Funnybones book, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. These skeletons get up to all sorts of adventures in the dark and are definitely not the scary sort!

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The Gruffalo's Child 

by Julia Donaldson

A follow up to The Gruffalo, a story of shadows and trickery. One wild night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings about not entering the woods and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he?

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Wow! It's Night Time 

by Tim Hopgood

The curious little owl is back, and this time she’s ready to discover the wonders of night-time, from the big, bright moon to the bats in the sky and the foxes deep in the forest. But where are all the other owls? When the wind blows the leaves from her tree, you'll soon see...

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Light: Shadows, Mirrors and Rainbows

by Natalie M Rosinsky

A perfect introduction for young children to learn about light, and discover how to make reflections, shadows and rainbows.


Moon by Patricia Hegarty 

As the moon waxes and wanes above, the world below is full of busy night-time creatures; from turtles laying their eggs on white sandy beaches, to migrating birds using the moon to navigate their way to sunnier climes. Turn the peek-through pages to see the moon change shape as it goes through the lunar cycle.

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What's Next?

by Timothy Knapman

Curious Baby Badger loves exploring.  So, one night, his daddy takes him on a moonlit adventure through the still, black-and-white forest up above their underground home. And that sets Baby Badger's imagination soaring. What's daytime like? he wonders. What's next?


Animals in the Night 

by Ruth Austin 

Moonlight reflecting off the surface of a pond. Fireflies twinkling in the bushes. Owls gliding through the air. Welcome to the world of Animals in the Night. In this exciting new animal book for kids, you will explore the lives of these nocturnal creatures in stunning, fully illustrated detail.


Can't You Sleep Little Bear? 

by Martin Waddell

There is dark all around him in the Bear Cave. Not even Big Bear's biggest lantern can light up the darkness of the night outside. Can Big Bear find a way to reassure restless Little Bear and help him fall fast asleep?

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Goodnight Bat, Good Morning Squirrel by Paul Meisel

A bat thinks he has found a perfect home - until he discovers that it’s already inhabited by a squirrel. Since each is asleep during the other’s waking hours, the two begin exchanging notes. This friendship story shows how to find common ground despite differences.


The Night Gardener

by Terry Fan

William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into an owl. Each day, more appear, each one more beautiful than the last. Soon, William's grey town is full of colour. And, though the night gardener disappears, William and his town are changed forever.


The Darkest Dark 

by Chris Hadfield

Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first moon landing, he discovers that the dark isn't quite as scary as he thought. In fact, he discovers the dark can be exciting!


When the Stars Come Out

by Nicola Edwards

Experience how different habitats, from the city to the ocean, come alive when the sun sets. Meet animals that sleep while swimming or explore the history of human sleep across the globe. Delve into the magical realm that is our universe at night. 


First Explorers: Night Animals by Jenny Wren

Explore a meadow, busy farm, dark street and noisy garden in First Explorers: Night Animals. Meet owls, foxes, bats and lots of other amazing creatures who come out at nighttime. Beautifully illustrated,  magical introduction to the natural world.



by Suzy Lee

Suzy Lee's unique brand of charming, imaginative, and conceptual art brings a world of dark and light to life in this wordless book. Explore the striking illustrations and invite young children to explore the world of shadows with curiosity, wonder and engagement.


The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake . . . and a hungry Gruffalo! A perfect book for exploring shadow play. 

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Superbat! by Matt Carr

Pat the bat decides to be a SUPERBAT! But he soon realises it's harder than it looks. All his bat friends have amazing hearing. All of them can fly. And all bats can find their way in the dark. Pat is starting to give up - until a family of mice see him for what he really is... A HERO! A fantastic superhero story whilst learning about bats and their special abilities.