Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown #Giveaway

by Dawn


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MargaretWiseBrownsGoodnightSongsThe name Margaret Wise Brown likely brings up images of the “great green room” in most parents’ minds, but some may not know that Brown authored over 100 books under both her own name and various pen names. In addition, at the time of her sudden death at only 42 years years old, she left behind over 70 unpublished manuscripts. Near the end of her life, Brown had become focused on writing music for children, in the same “here and now” style that she had pioneered in the world of children’s literature. The new collection Goodnight Songs features twelve of her poems (only three of which were previously published) put to beautiful, lullaby music, and brought to life in an array of inviting pictures by award-winning picture book artists, including some of my personal favorites: Jonathan Bean, Sophie Blackall, Renata Liwska, and Dan Yaccarino.

Whether you read the poems or follow along as you listen to the included CD, there is delight to be had in Brown’s creations. In the opening song, “The Noon Balloon,” just the right amount of whimsy is present with a unique group of animals. “Sleep Like a Rabbit” encourages children’s imaginations as it lulls them to sleep at the same time. In all the songs, Margaret Wise Brown’s understanding of the way young children see the world is evident, and she brings joy to all the poems. Each of the twelve illustrators graces the poems with his or her own unique style, making for a different kind of surprise with every page turn.

Check out Sterling Children’s Books’ site for Goodnight Songs, where you can hear Amy Gary, Editor of the Margaret Wise Brown Estate, talk about the experience of going through Brown’s trunk of stories and poems, along with interviews with the individual illustrators who worked on this wonderful book.

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When she's not reviewing books, Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 samantha wagner March 16, 2014 at 1:21 am

I would love to share this book with my daughter


2 Amyc March 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

I would share with both my son and daughter


3 Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) March 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

Awh – I love Margaret Wise Brown! My daughter is almost 1 and loves Good Night, Moon and The Runaway Bunny.


4 Diane March 16, 2014 at 8:31 am

I would love to share Goodnight Songs with my grandnieces and nephews when they visit.


5 anne March 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

I would share it with my granddaughter who loves reading and Goodnight Moon.


6 Bernadette March 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I would love to share with my 2 & 4 year olds!


7 Katie March 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

There was a pink pig learning to squeal


8 Trish March 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

We were just reading Big Red Barn to our daughter today, one of the first books that has held her interest :)


9 Heather B March 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

I think my youngest son would really enjoy this with me!


10 Nancy March 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I’d share this with our granddaughter.


11 Anita Yancey March 18, 2014 at 10:09 am

I would like to share it with my daughter.


12 Kristie March 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I’d share it with my kiddos! :-)


13 Sarah March 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I’d share the book with my son–he’d love it!


14 Susan Murray March 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I love Margaret Wise Brown and can’t wait to share this with my girls!


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