Book Talk: Goodnight Moon

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

goodnight moon cover art
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, is our bedtime book.  We read it together every night, and I particularly love this book because it is so simple and follows a pattern, so it’s easy to memorize.  When we are camping or on vacation and forget our bedtime book, we can still “read” it.

The illustrations bothered me at first because the colors are rather harsh, but I got used to it.  They’re still not my favorite, but that doesn’t change how I feel about the book.  The words are great – they rhyme, which is a great thing for children to hear in books, and they are a sweet way to end the night.  If bedtime is traumatic, try going around the room and saying goodnight to the things you see with your child.

As a side note, when reading with children, read the title and the author before starting.  Knowing the author of a book is always a good thing.  Enjoy!


1 The Mommy August 11, 2008 at 9:39 am

This book sounds just wonderful. I’m a bit concerned about the images though. I have particular trouble with red and greens like that. They make me whoosy!

2 Allanna August 11, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Funny. We JUST read this. Like a minute ago. It’s a classic. And a good bedtime/calm-down book.

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3 Joe Girl August 22, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hey Vanilla Joy!
Found you via Tip Junkie today. Great blog! Love the variety!

Goodnight Moon was a bedtime staple for our first son, who is now seven. We read it at least three times a week, alternating with “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

A funny story: Once night when Quinn was about three, we (as you suggested) were reading the author and illustrator names. We were trying to encourage him to read (say) it along with us. So we started “by Clement…?” and Quinn completed it by saying “Tine”. So sweet.

Actually, another sweetness. At the end of Where The Wild Things Are, Max returns to his room “where he found his supper waiting for him. And it was still hot”. Again, we were encouraging Quinn to complete the sentence, and he got the two stories mixed up so instead said “And it was still MUSH.”

4 Liz August 28, 2008 at 9:52 am

My girls love this book too and it’s such a soothing bedtime story. I’m with you, at first I really didn’t care for the pictures and such, but it grew on me. Thanks for sharing!

5 Elizabeth M. August 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

This grew to be one of our absolute most treasured bedtime reads. It’s actually falling apart now. :(

6 Colleen August 29, 2008 at 5:57 am

I have read that book to 3 out of 4 of my grandkids, they love it.

7 Jenn September 7, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I read this to my Pre-K students as they are getting ready for nap time… it’s a wonderful book and definitely puts the children in a calm state of mind! =)

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