Goodnight stars…

Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.

– Margaret Wise Brown


born in Pomfret, Connecticut, The United States May 23, 1910
died: November 13, 1952
gender: female
genre: Children’s Books

Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.

Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading.

She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them.

She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn’t the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper.

Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else – a writer of songs and nonsense.


5 thoughts on “Goodnight stars…

  1. ‘May 23, 1910: Generations of children have nodded off to sleep under the spell of Margaret Wise Brown’s words in Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She was born 103 years ago today.’
    – Goodreads

  2. I can vouch for how much children love and enjoy this book. And it is not only children who love it. šŸ™‚

  3. I don’t know if I can insert this or not. But trying. It is animated but the book is wonderful.

    My students loved hearing this over and over. They could always finish the rhyme during the reading. And they would always be very quiet as they whispered the endings.
    Then as a follow up writing assignment I would have them make up their own rhyme to say GoodNight to.
    We said GoodNight to some crazy things.

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