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Books By Margaret Wise Brown: The Perfect Christmas Gift For Children

Updated on November 2, 2011
Over the Moon: A Collection of First Books: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and My World
Over the Moon: A Collection of First Books: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and My World

Three of Margaret Wise Browns most familiar and best loved titles.


Books By Margaret Wise Brown

If you really want to teach your child a love of reading, stop being such a bore.

When choosing books to read to toddlers, the most common mistake I see parents making is that they forget that toddlers are actually real, live, thinking people. Toddlers aren't unintelligent, they are inexperienced and the book choices a parent makes when looking for something to read to their little darling are going to affect that child's feelings about the written word for years to come. Enter the books by Margaret Wise Brown.

Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, My World,The Big Red Barn and all of her many other, perhaps lesser known titles are lyrical and rhythmic in a way that when read out loud, capture a child's' attention. They are filled with intelligent yet childlike humor and kind nonsense. Reoccurring themes are of loving parents, security, home, and respect for others and the environment-but it's all done without any of the self conscious lecturing tone that has crept into so much contemporary children's fiction.

Books by Margaret Wise Brown actually entertain children.

Say you absolutely adore the game of softball and you happen to be at your local bookseller looking for something interesting to read. Are you going to walk out of there with a cool nonfiction history of the game and some of it's notable players or maybe a murder mystery that takes place during a competitive softball tournament--or will you pick up the instruction manual for assembling a pitching machine? I think you get my point. Why, if you're trying to instill a love of reading in your child would you choose to present him with something mindless and dry? Simply printing age appropriate words on paper doesn't create a book. It creates a nap (which may be what you're aiming for, and if so, never mind.)

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