Goodnight Moon.

Goodnight Moon

NASA Moon Image

It’s almost hypnotic, this classic children’s book.

Goodnight Moon was written in 1947, the year I was born. But, somehow, I missed it until my children were young.

It is still a favorite on children’s bookshelves.

Perhaps it is because the author, Margaret Wise Brown, had studied child development, so she understood how to soothe a restless, but tired child.

Perhaps it is because the things in the room are familiar to children. They know about the kittens and their mittens and the three bears on chairs.

Perhaps it is because the illustrator, Clement Hunt, cleverly starts you out with a well-lit room where little bunny is in bed, getting ready to sleep, then leads you, imperceptibly, through darker and darker views of the room as little bunny goes through a night-time ritual.

“In the great green room

There was a telephone

And a red balloon

And a picture of –

The cow jumping over the moon.


And there were the three bears

Sitting on chairs

And two little kittens

And a pair of mittens.”


…Toy house.

Young mouse….


By the time bunny has named everything in the room, you and your grandchildren are lulled by the rhythm of the naming ritual.

Then, it is time to say goodnight to everything named.

“Goodnight moon

Goodnight cow jumping over the moon.”









By the time bunny says goodnight to the stars and the air and noises everywhere, your grandchild’s eyes should be heavy as you kiss them goodnight and turn out the light.

Goodnight grandchildren everywhere.


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Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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