Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase the Kids' Wings 12-page literature guide for Mommy's Best Kisses, the 16-page guide for Nightsong, and the 9-page guide for Song of the Night. Download all 37 pages of activities for only $16.95! Sharable within your school! Click here to purchase and download.


You can purchase the Kids Wings guides for Nightsong PLUS Bats at the Beach and Loren Long's Otis all in the same 45-page download! Immediate download! Only $12.95!
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by Ari Berk and Loren Long

A mother bat prepared her baby bat, Chiro, for his first solo flight. She assured him that she would be waiting for him inside the cave. Chiro was worried. How could he see in the dark? How would he find his way in the world? She whispered reassuring words, "Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you." What did she mean? How could he just drop into the dark and be safe?

Chiro did as he was told and as he flew, he sang. What do you think happened? Was he able to find his breakfast? Did he find his way back home? Was his mother waiting?

In Nightsong, you will be introduced to echolocation, the secret sense that only bats have. In the poetic prose of Ari Berk and the precious paintings of Loren Long, you can follow Chiro's first night on his own and, in the process, possibly discover the song you will sing out into the world as you grow up. A beautiful, touching story with vocabulary and syntax that will inspire awe in every reader.

Research Links for
Nightsong by Ari Berk and Loren Long

Ari Berk's Homepage
Ari Berk's Nightsong

How Bats Work

Bat Conservation International

Willie Nelson's Sing-Along Song: "Blue"

Bats, Literary Connections:

Nightsong by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long with Kids' Wings Unit in Brain-Boosting Books
Bats at the Beach
by Brian Lies with Kids' Wings Unit in Reading Seeds
Stellaluna by Jannelle Cannon with Kids' Wings Unit in Stepstone Stories
Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle with Kids' Wings Unit in Stepstone Stories


"Correlations exist between music training and both reading acquisition and sequence learning. One of the central predictors of early literacy, phonological awareness, is correlated with both music training and the development of a specific brain pathway." The 2008 Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition

Johann Strauss II's classic "Die Fledermaus (The Bat) Overture, Op 362" is our background music.


A 16-page literature guide, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic board for Nightsong is part of the 2013 Literature Collection, Brain Boosting Books!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Readers Theater Introduction
2-page Play Script
Do I Understand? Multiple Choice Comprehension
Your Favorite Song
Researching Echolocation
B is for Bat
Phonics: Short A Words
Find Bat Words
Vocabulary Fun
Chiro's Song
What Do You Think? Writing
A Bat's Life: Visualizing the Text
Where Am I? Maze
Answer Page




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