Origin Of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is one the popular lullabies and nursery rhymes, written by Ann Taylor. It was first published in 1806 in "Rhymes for the Nursery", a collection of rhymes by Jane Taylor and her sister Ann Taylor. The song has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 7666.
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The lyrics of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is taken from an early 19th century English language nursery rhyme, "The Star" by Jane Taylor. This popular English kids' song and lullaby has five stanzas. However, only the first verse is widely known and sung. This popular kids' song is usually sung to the French melody, "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman", published in 1761.

About the Author

Ann Taylor was born on 30 January 1782, to an educational pioneer, Isaac Taylor and a renowned author Ann Martin. Ann was an English poet, who was best remembered as collaborator of her sister, Jane Taylor. She achieved great popularity for being a writer of Verse for children.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Lyrics


The English lyrics is believed to be first written as a poem by Jane Taylor, published in Rhymes for the Nursery by Jane Taylor and Ann Taylors, titled as "The Star".

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, through the night.

Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny spark;
He could not see where to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" song, one of the best-known nursery rhymes, has many adaptations across the world. The song was arranged by Charles Randolph Grean, Fred Hertz and Leonard Nimoy, named as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Earth". The song was also given variations by Mildred J. Hill, published in Song Stories for the Kindergarten.


As the song has a simple and repetitive melody, children can enjoy playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" notes on piano!


Lullaby to lull toddlers to sleep

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is a one of the well-known nursery rhymes and lullabies, sung all over the world. It is a soothing piece of song, best suitable for bedtime. The rhyme transports the kids to the magical world of twinkling stars and sounds soothing to the crying baby. It is a sweet and simple cradle song that lulls the little ones to sleep and is long enough to put even the fussiest little sleepers to sleep.

Enjoy watching Twinkle Twinkle Little Star YouTube video to learnthe lyrics and sing it your little ones!