What are you reading with your babe right now? At the moment we’re reading Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. Have you read it? A fellow NCT mama (who also happened to be an Oxford University librarian) gifted it to Henry for his first Christmas, and we’ve enjoyed reading it regularly ever since. In fact, it is probably the only book I know off by heart, and one we often say together when Henry is struggling to sleep.
“In the great green room there was a telephone…”
Published in 1947, Goodnight Moon is a children’s classic. It tells the story of a little bunny, tucked up in bed, and saying ‘goodnight’ in turn to the familiar things in the room (‘goodnight socks, good night clocks’). It is familiar, rhythmic and repetitive, and has been described as being somewhere between a ‘going-to-sleep narrative and a lullaby’.
TIME magazine named it their third best children’s book of all time, and as of this year Goodnight Moon has sold 48 million copies worldwide, isn’t that crazy?
The illustrations, by Clement Hurd, are distinctive and eye catching, and it is fun to spot the living things and inanimate objects mentioned in the story (‘Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light and the red balloon’).
If you’re as much of a fan of Goodnight Moon as we are, you’ll love this blog post from The Ugly Volvo (#7 made me laugh out loud).
Henry and I love reading together. It is something we can do when Noah is nursing, and it is an important part of our bedtime routine. I’d love to hear your recommendations! We’ve just ordered Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back and Ezra John Keats The Snowy Day, to read together during the school holidays.
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