Odds are, you have not only read Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon but also have read it to your children. A new book by Brown is being published this month, Goodnight Songs, and it is sure to delight you just as much as your other Brown favorites.
Goodnight Songs is a collection of poems found in Margaret Wise Brown’s unpublished collections. Within the poems, readers will find comfort in the familiar routine of going to sleep. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the words and rhymes, finding peace.
Twelve award-winning illustrators came together to provide beautiful scenes to accompany the words. While yes, the words are moving and beautiful, the images accompanying them are also a delight. With calming colors and various artistic styles, there’s sure to be a handful of favorites for each member of your family. They’ve put together a video about the work that went into creating this book and have shared it on YouTube.
Additionally, musicians came together to bring Margaret’s music to life. (She began writing scores for her poems shortly before passing at age 42.) The accompanying CD, filled with soothing mandolin, guitar, harmonica, and light percussion beats, further brings these poems to life.
This gorgeous book and CD pair were found enjoyable by my ‘lil Burghers, and they evoked a sense of stillness and quiet in our nightly routine. We recommend adding this collection of poems to your child’s library or select several to become a routine lullaby. It’s definitely a perfect choice for a new parent or parents fighting the sleep battle with their ‘lil ones.
Goodnight Songs is available from Sterling Publishing for $17.95. It is a hardback book that contains a 12-song CD.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book/cd in exchange for this review. All opinions, however, remain my own.