When my kidlets were really little there were two books that they begged me and The Hubs to read to them at bedtime each night. One was Goodnight Moon and the other was Big Red Barn, which both happen to be written by Margaret Wise Brown. Brown is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Her use of rhymed verse coupled with beautiful illustrations of realistic characters and objects have lulled children, including my own, to sleep for generations.
Though Brown died in 1952, she has a new book of out now called Goodnight Songs from Sterling Children’s Books. The book isa collection of previously unpublished lullabies that is gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists.
In the Goodnight Songs introduction, Amy Gary, who is editor of Margaret Wise Brown’s estate, describes how she found a trunk in the barn of Brown’s sister that was filled with piles of unpublished manuscripts along with musical scores of her words.
Brown apparently wrote these lullabies while traveling in France on a book tour. She had recently become focused on writing songs for children. As she listened to children go about their lives, she realized that they made up songs about whatever it was they were doing at the time. She wanted to capture the spirit of a child’s world in her songs, the same way she had with her stories. Due to her untimely death, the manuscript and accompanying music never got published.
Each song in Goodnight Songs is presented on one double-page spread and is illustrated by a different artist. This hardcover book also comes with an accompanying CD with songs composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt.
Goodnight Songs is aimed at children aged 3-6 and would be a great addition to any child’s personal library. The verses are sweet and melodic just like Brown’s books and the illustrations are whimsical that delighted both my kidlets and myself. The CD sort of brings the whole thing together, but you could either read/listen independently and still enjoy. I could also see this book making a great gift for a baby shower or any mom expecting a new little one.
Here’s a trailer for the book you can also check out:
Now it’s your turn to share. What is your favorite Margaret Wise Brown book?
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