Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown & Illustrated by Clement Hurd 


Curator Reviews

Christiane Amanpour

Every first time parent knows why! The bliss, the joy!

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Joyce Maynard

I know, it’s just a picture book. And Monet just painted a lot of haystacks, and the Shakers just made some chairs. But if you ask me (and come to think of it, you did), one of the highest achievements of work that achieves the standards of art with total simplicity. I read this book a few thousand times to my children when they were very small. I started them on Goodnight Moon before they even knew what the words meant. Even then, though, this little volume—first published in 1947—possesses an almost magical quality that can calm a crying infant, from the pure sound of the words.

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