Goodnight Moon

  • Title: Goodnight Moon
  • Author: Margaret Wise Brown
  • Illustrator: Clement Hurd
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publication year: 1947
  • Brief Summary: From HarperCollins– “In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I cannot think of any particular curriculum need this would fulfil other than this book would be a great one for a kindergarten teacher to use before naptime for their class.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – We have already talked quite a bit about how many picture books include animals and not enough diverse characters like Native American or African American protagonists. And while I firmly believe that needs to change and we, as librarians and teachers need to promote and display picture books that positively portray these minorities and give them mirrors, I understand that all children are interested in animals and particularly in animals that speak. It is for this reason that I believe Goodnight Moon is still being used and cherished in the picture book world. The colorful illustrations as they become darker and darker as our bunny protagonist gradually falls asleep is still relevant for the restless child today.

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