Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon


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In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

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.

One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064430173
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 10,272
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: AD360L (what's this?)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include My World; Christmas in the Barn; The Dead Bird; North, South, East, West; and Good Day, Good Night.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) is best known for illustrating Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the classic picture books by Margaret Wise Brown. He studied painting in Paris with Fernand Léger and others in the early 1930s. After his return to the United States in 1935, he began to work in children's books. He illustrated more than one hundred books, many of them with his wife, Edith Thacher Hurd, including the Johnny Lion books, The Day the Sun Danced, and The Merry Chase. A native of New York City, he lived most of his life in Vermont and California.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) se graduó de Yale University. Estudió pintura en París en los años 1930 con Fernand Léger, entre otros. Allí fue donde desarrolló su estilo característico, compuesto de colores de fuerte contraste. Hurd estuvo casado con la escritora Edith Thacher Hurd, con quien también creó muchos libros que se convirtieron en favoritos de los niños.

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1910

Date of Death:

November 13, 1952

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Place of Death:

Nice, France


B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education

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Goodnight Moon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic that every child should experience! The clever little changes that happen from page to page have always fascinated me and my son.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a calm, easy way to help young ones prepare for bedtime.
SCVmomof3 More than 1 year ago
Simple story and beautiful illustrations. I've read this to and with all my kids. Timeless classic. Perfect for bedtime reading.
glade1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one is one I can't part with, even though my children have far outgrown it. I'm keeping it in my permanent collection for nostalgia's sake. Before I had children, when I first read this one, I didn't see what the appeal was. It was TOO simple, for heaven's sake. But after I had children and saw the magic of the simplicity, the repetition, and the elusive little mouse on each page, I was captivated. I often give copies of this book as baby gifts now.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A read aloud bedtime classic since 1947 with wonderful rhyme, rhythm and repetition that will help your child learn the sounds of and patterns in the sounds of words.
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good sleepy time story for children. Here the narrator (bunny) says good night to everything before going to sleep for the night, including the moon.
TeacherLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brown, Margaret. Goodnight moon. (1947). New York: Harper Trophy. Very young children will be enchanted with the story of a bunny who has difficulty getting to sleep, so he says goodnight to all the things in his bedroom before he finally falls asleep as his grandma watches over him with love. The illustrations are warm and create a cozy mood. The hues are dark to give a feeling of bedtime. The passing of time and the closer the bunny is to falling asleep is expressed by the bedroom growing darker. The pages alternate between 1-dimensional black and white drawings and bold, highly detailed 2-dimensional drawings. The illustrations express such a feeling of comfort and safety that they play an equal role with the text in telling the story.
sailornate82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't remember much from this book, as my mother read this to me when I was very young, but I still remember it being a favorite of mine.
JoseDelAguila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his moonlit room. Rhythmic, gently lulling words combined with warm and equally lulling pictures make this beloved classic an ideal bedtime book.
tlelm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a little bunny. this little bunny tells everything in his room goodnight and gives a description of everything. Great book!
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a great bedtime story for young children. It describes different things in a child's room. It is about saying goodnight to everything including the moon. This book also shows the different things that go on at night while you are sleeping.
hwallen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A poetic childrens book that is perfect for nap time and bedtime. Goodnight moon is focused on a little bunny who is being lulled to sleep and telling each object in his room goodnight. This is excellent for children to learn the names and purposes of objects. The vivid illustrations are calming yet intriguing to the eye.
whitneyw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodnight Moon is a classical children book and its precious and simple context made it a best seller when it was first published. Whether you are going to bed or waking up what makes this books so precious is the language Brown uses as the bunny says "good night to various objects including the dollhouse, the telephone, and several other things. This book is just a simple treat to read and the details of the illustrations are in a class of their own.
klpopwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodnight moon is a great book to share between child and parent. Works on rhyming words, and talking about bedtime routines.
betsyeggers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a timeless classic. The book was published in 1947 and children still love this book. The pictures are colorful, and the words are simple. It is a wonderful bedtime book, and it even makes a great book to sit down and read for quiet time. For example, there is a tiny mouse in almost every picture. Not only can you look for the mouse in the pictures but you can also look for the objects that are mentioned in the text, such as "Goodnight light / And the red balloon / Goodnight bears / Goodnight chairs." As you read, you can have the little ones point to the objects. This book is even for babies as I have read it to my children long before they could begin to point out objects.
cpage_07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another all time favorite of mine! It's definitely a classic. This book is about a little boy who is about to go to bed and his mom in the rocking chair is telling him it's almost bed time. So, they decide to tell everything in the room goodnight. He tells the chair, the moon, and the bed goodnight. The book ends with the moon close to his window as he is sleeping.
SFM13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a young child I hated to go to bed, for fear I would miss something. This bedtime story will help young children fall asleep easily as its pictures and texts combined take them into restfulness and finally deep sleep. The opening scene shows bold, bright colors of dark value. The bunny is wide awake sitting up in his bed looking at the telephone on the bedside. The text mentions the telephone, along with a red balloon. The reader may wonder why the telephone is mentioned. Maybe the bunny thinks it might ring. He seems to be sitting up waiting for something. On the next page the colors are achromatic. Throughout the book the pages alternate between color and achromatic. I think this may be a strategy for making you sleepy. If every page were bright, the colors could act as a stimulant. Eventually another Bunny appears, this one an ¿old lady.¿ This ¿old lady¿ has her paw raised to her lips which corresponds to the text whispering ¿hush.¿ The bedside lamp casts light above and below the lampshade, illuminating the darkening room. The colors of the room directly touched by the lamplight are just a hint lighter, giving the room a cozy feel. The ¿old lady¿ has knitting in her lap, possibly sitting with the bunny until he goes to sleep. If you notice a strand of yarn leading from her lap to the floor, this straight line turns into curvy, tangled lines that show you the kittens are not sleepy yet. They are having too much fun playing with the ball of yarn. Towards the end, the kittens are shown sitting alert and still, and if you notice the direction they are facing: They are both looking at the ¿old lady.¿ Her yarn has been rolled up, leaving the kittens nothing to play with. The text mentions her saying ¿hush¿ again. You can imagine that she is speaking in quiet tones as you study the setting and the room is beginning to grow darker. I noticed that the bunny changes positions in the bed from page to page. This leads me to believe that he was trying to fight sleep and stay awake, like many children do at bedtime. Then finally in the end the bunny is asleep, the room is totally dark. I think the artist washed over the picture with a light covering of watered down black paint. The effect allows the reader to see into the room, imagining your eyes have adjusted to the dark, and with your night vision see the basic outlines. Still the room is not pitch dark, because there are two windows letting in moonlight and showing shining stars. The ¿old lady¿ has left the room, which tells us the bunny is finally asleep, and the kittens have resigned to sleep themselves, as they curl up in the chair once occupied by the ¿old lady¿ bunny.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another book that everyone needs to read at least once as a child. It is a perfect story to read to children right before bed, so I probably wouldn't use it in my classroom. But, I would definitely recommend it to a parent or guardian who mentions to me that they have trouble getting their little one to bed. This book is basically about a rabbit who tells everything goodnight before he falls asleep.
jalann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one that children really love. Some childen will probably be able to "read' along with this story because it is such a popular childrens book that they have had it read to them over and over. Chldren seem to enjoy this book because it is so predictable.
emalsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodnight Moon is a classic children's story in order to facilitate sleep by showing colorful pictures of the world settling down into bedtime. The child follows along by saying goodnight to many objects and can be a great nightly ritual for parent and child in order for a peaceful transition into sleep time. I would include this in a Special Collections department of an academic library. Its continual reprint as a hardcover, softcover, easy reader, etc show that it is a much loved and shared book for any child and is a classic book across generations.
alprince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about night time and saying goodnight to each thing in the room. The mouse in this book is looking at all the things in the room where he is laying and he tells each one of them goodnight, including the moon. Children would enjoy this book because it is simple and they could understand it.
kperk12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is a great choice for a naptime or bedtime story. It isn't too long which is good. It is also a book you can almost read in a whisper tone so little ones will wind down for the day. I wouldn't recommend reading this book to anyone over Kindergarten or First grade level. It is definitely geared more to the younger crowd with the rhyming and smaller words.
jl624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Goodnight Moon tells a bunny¿s ritual of saying ¿goodnight¿ to all the things in her bedroom. It is written in poem style with a rhyme. The title tells well what is going to happen in the book. There are a lot of little details and changes on each page. It is a great tool to help children learn to identify articles that appear in the pictures and tell what has been added to the previous page as well. It is a good bedtime reading. The parents can help the children to carefully read through the story and learn at same time. The book is easy to read, the sentences are in rhyme and the language is easy. It is highly recommended for children under the age of 4, but can also be a good reading for older kids.
knfmn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a great little kid's book. I'm 34 and I still smile anytime I see a copy of it. It just makes me happy. (and sleepy!)
AshleyFletcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s time for bed for the little rabbit. She observes pictures and items in her room. As she looks around the room at each item she tells it or them goodnight. Even to the cow who jumped over the moon.My son and I read this book almost every night. We now go outside and tell the moon goodnight! I can relate to this book by telling things or people goodnight. Which now my son does the same.In the classroom, each student can make their own book about the items or people in their bedrooms that they say goodnight to. I might also have them read the book at home with a parent and then go outside and draw their own version of the moon.