Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown {1947}


Every child ought to have Goodnight Moon read frequently to them at bedtime. Clement Hurd's uniquely colored illustrations, and the gentle flow of Miss Brown's prose provide a soothing reading experience. It is also an easy text to memorize, it gets stuck in your head! Countless times I've chanted it to my kids in the car or before bed to help them unwind.

Author. I've always imagined Margaret Wise Brown as a gentle little old lady. In reality, friends and fans were stunned at her unexpected death at age 42 of an embolism. She was only 37 years old when this book was published.

Plot. A little bunny says his goodnights to the ordinary objects surrounding him.

Educational Opportunities. Younger children can learn how to identify everyday items around them. Point out the pairs of rhyming words to older children. If you want to go more in depth, you can always discuss the phases of the moon.

Activities. 
Other Resources.
  • This video makes you feel sleepy just watching it.
Be sure to also check out... The Runaway Bunny and My World of Color. These are the only other Margaret Wise Brown books I've read with my kids- though I know there are many, many more- and we've enjoyed them both.  Also, while you're exploring the moon theme, be sure to read Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me, Owl Moon, and Catching the Moon.

While I haven't personally read them, the covers of these parodies make me laugh, and might be worth checking out: Goodnight iPad and Goodnight Mr. Darcy.


Looking for more great books to read with your preschooler? Check out the rest of this 31 Days series here!

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