Goodnight Moon

Common Sense Media says

The ultimate going-to-bed book.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Names familiar objects, shows a nighttime routine.

Positive messages

The text speaks to the idea that everything around us, no matter how seemingly unimportant or miniscule, has its own value. As the bunny says "goodnight" to these different objects, animals, and people, he is acknowledging each one's respective worth and purpose.

Positive role models

The bunny is a gentle model of a tidy nightttime routine.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that pediatricians recommend that a child have a bedtime routine, something familiar and soothing that indicates the end of the play day and time for rest. Goodnight Moon takes the doctor's advice.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

As a fire crackles in the fireplace and the moon rises in a wintry night sky outside the windows of his bedroom, a young rabbit settles down for the night. An old lady rabbit rocks quietly in a nearby chair knitting, mittens dry in front of the fire, two kittens tumble on the carpet, and a mouse peeks out. The room grows gradually dimmer as the rabbit says goodnight to each object in his room and outside the window, then falls asleep at last.

Is it any good?


For more than 50 years this has been the ultimate going-to-bed book, the first book parents share with their children, the book kids ask for again and again, and the one parents don't mind reading again and again. It's easy to see why -- author Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd do everything right. The pictures are full of interesting details -- the paintings hanging on the wall in bunny's room are of scenes from another Brown-Hurd collaboration, The Runaway Bunny.

The book is smaller than many picture books, just the right size for young hands to hold. The colors are simple and vivid, gradually getting dimmer in the room as the night sky gets brighter outside the window. The rhythm is slow and calming, the rhymes are soft, the ritual of bidding good night to the familiar objects in the room is appealing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about nighttime rituals. Parents and children can incorporate goodnight wishes to favorite objects.

Book details

Author:Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator:Clement Hurd
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:January 1, 1991
Number of pages:32

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Kid, 12 years old November 8, 2009


my parents used to read this to me before i went to bed every night when i was a todler... and i loved it!!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written bythe_kid_reviewer April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
Adult Written byLyndaSLP April 9, 2008

Great book!

Perfect book for bedtime! This book is a must-have for all children, the younger the better. What better way to prepare for bedtime, then to wish all sorts of things goodnight. Highly recommend for newborns and toddlers and preschoolers.


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