Author Spotlight: Margaret Wise Brown

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“Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.”

– Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown is most widely known for her sleepy time tale, Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon was a childhood favorite of mine and is closely associated with warm memories for me. The soothing language and vivid illustrations will forever be etched in my psyche.

While I was working on my graduate degree, I had the opportunity to study her work more in depth and fell in love with her eloquent use of language, her focus on the cycles & rhythms of the natural world and the simple yet memorable illustrations of her books. Two of our favorite books are, A Child’s Goodnight Book and A Child’s Good Morning Book, both of which shed a joyful light on simple daily routines.

It is also inspiring to read a little bit about her background. Margaret Wise Brown was a pioneer of her time and surrounded herself with some of the brightest minds in education. She died at the early age of 42 and they are still uncovering and publishing books that she wrote while she was alive. Many of her older books have been republished with new illustrations and are readily available. I personally love to browse through used books to find editions of her work with the original illustrations to add to our collection. I highly recommend that you give yourself a treat and explore some of her lesser-known works.

Materials & Resources
Margaret Wise Brown – Official Website
Margaret Wise Brown Bibliography
Books About Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon Narrated by Susan Sarandon – Video


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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