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There are stories that I can remember from my childhood that I’ve been excited about reading to my own children. There is a list of classic stories that don’t ever seem to age and therefore are perfect to be introduced to the next generation. One of the classic reads, Goodnight Moon is celebrating 70 years of being a bedtime companion. I’m ashamed to admit that I had never read it until Mumsnet contacted me to see if I’d like to share the classic bedtime story with my children.
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Clement Hurd
Published by Two Hoots Books
Goodnight Moon is a short poem of goodnight wishes from a young rabbit preparing for or attempting to postpone his own slumber. He says goodnight to every object in sight and within earshot, including the “quiet old lady whispering hush.” Clement Hurd’s illustrations are simple and effective, alternating between small ink drawings and wide, brightly coloured views of the little rabbit’s room.
When it comes to getting the children to bed each night, we have adopted the same routine from almost the moment that they were born. Like me, my children thrive off routine, so a simple bath, book, bed routine works for us. The hardest part in this is deciding upon what story we should enjoy that evening. With the Goodnight Moon book kindly being sent over by Macmillan Children’s Books, we received both a board book perfect for Piglet to enjoy as well as a paperback version of the book too.
Having two copies of the book allowed me to squeeze in an extra session of reading practice with Tigger, as we took it in turns to read a few pages of the story at a time. The layout of the book showcases a double-page spread of colourful illustrations, followed by a double-page spread of black and white illustrations – alternating throughout the book. You can guess at which pages Tigger wanted to read aloud.
Enjoying the story of the young rabbit attempting to delay bedtime together gives us that extra time as a family. As well as giving Tigger the opportunity to further his reading practice and gain confidence at reading aloud. Piglet who loves her books is always a happy recipient of a story or two no matter what time of the day it is – Luckily for her, she has two willing siblings who are on hand to sit down and re-read the story time and time again.
Goodnight Moon // Sleep Tips
The paperback copy of the Goodnight Moon story features some top tips for peaceful bedtimes. Even though I have always adopted a bath, book, bed routine with my children the tips were still helpful. Advising parents to ensure that power nap doesn’t happen, having sleep triggers in place and how reading to your child before bed can be one of the best aids to help them relax after a busy day of activities.
Goodnight Moon // Where Can I Buy It?
The Goodnight Moon classic story is available to buy from Amazon and all other good retailers. Available in a choice of a board book, paperback, Kindle, and audio.
About the Author – Margaret Wise Brown
Margaret Wise Brown (1910 – 1952) was a hugely prolific and successful American author of many popular books for children, but is best known for her stories Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
About the Illustrator – Clement Hurd
Clement Hurd is the well-loved illustrator of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon. Before becoming a children’s book illustrator he studied art in Paris and worked as a freelance decorative artist in New York. Later he collaborated on many projects with his wife Edith Thacher. Sadly, Clement passed away in 1988. He will always be remembered for the tender, witty and enchanting world he created.