Program ideas: Night

Here are stories, songs, and rhymes about night to include in a program that features the French song In the Moonlight. Other themes that fit this song are bedtime, friendship, and the moon.

Learn the song In the Moonlight

Stories to read aloud

Fiona Loves the NightFiona Loves the Night
Patricia MacLachlan
Fiona explores the nighttime wonders of the outdoors, from the sounds of the owl and mockingbird to flowers that bloom only in the dark.

Frankie Works the Night ShiftFrankie Works the Night Shift
Lisa Peters
In this counting book, Frankie the cat's night prowling causes a ruckus, waking sleeping neighbors who do not share Frankie's love of the "night shift."

Kitten's First Full MoonKitten’s First Moon
Kevin Henkes
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

Owl BabiesOwl Babies
Martin Waddell
Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.

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Songs and rhymes

Mr. Owl
Late at night when you're in bed
Mr. Owl perks up his head
He looks left and he looks right
In the dark all through the night
Hear him hoot when you're in bed
When Mr. Owl perks up his head

Stars at Night
The stars at night go twinka, twinka, twinka
Twinka, twinka, twinka
Twinka, twinka, twinka
The stars at night go twinka twinka, twinka
Way up in the sky
(Hands waving back and forth to rhythm; open and close fingertips for "twinka")

The moon at night goes blinka, blinka, blinka
Blinka, blinka, blinka
Blinka, blinka, blinka
The moon at night goes blinka, blinka, blinka
Way up in the sky
(Cup face with hands to form moon; cover with both hands then reveal for "blinka")

The skunk at night goes stinka, stinka, stinka Stinka, stinka, stinka
Stinka, stinka, stinka
The skunk at night goes stinka, stinka, stinka
I’ll hope he’ll pass me by!
(Pinch nose on each "stinka")

‘Twas on A Summer’s Evening and Mister Moon
‘Twas on a summer’s evening I walked the forest through
When suddenly I heard it, a sweet and low cuckoo
Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo
Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo

Mister Moon, Mister Moon, you’re out too soon
The sun is still in the sky
Go back to bed and cover up your head
And wait til the day goes by

Wish on a Star
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight