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Reading "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Seafarer Mama/Karen is a joyfully home-schooling parent who holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Writing our own "Goodnight Room" book ~

"Goodnight Moon" board book
"Goodnight Moon" board book | Source
Bed, doll named Susan, and painting of pink flowers;
Bed, doll named Susan, and painting of pink flowers; | Source
Blocks arranged in towers
Blocks arranged in towers | Source
Shelf of books and a reading nook
Shelf of books and a reading nook | Source
Bureau with princess figurines and baskets
Bureau with princess figurines and baskets | Source
Windowsill with dolls and train
Windowsill with dolls and train | Source

Making our own "Goodnight Room" story

Like all parents, I have read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown to my daughter countless times. My husband and I have also read it with different accents to vary the experience for all of us. Its repetitive nature is calming and fun. When I read it to her last night, we had had "mush" for supper, with vegetables. For those who do not know, "mush" is another word for Polenta, a wonderful comfort food often eaten with butter and Parmesan cheese.

Goodnight Moon lends itself to various literacy enhancement activities. I was inspired to write a poem for my daughter based on its style, using the arrangement of her room to generate content. Pictures are provided to accompany the text. The next step intended is to put text and images together in MS Word and print it out for us to enjoy as a bedtime story. The cover design will be a picture drawn with crayons or marker by my daughter, so that the effort will be cooperative, one "owned" by both of us.

One of my ideas for binding is to slip the sheets into clear plastic liners, which have holes for placing in a 3-ring binder. Once all the pages are in place and arranged in order, I would "bind" them together with pieces of ribbon tied in bows. Finally, it will be time to cuddle together on the couch to read it together.

"Goodnight Room"

by K. and C. Gault

In the bright pink room there was a bed, with a doll named Susan on it,

and a great big bear wearing a red T-shirt.

There was a painting of pink flowers, and blocks arranged in towers,

And shelves of books with a reading nook.

There was a bureau of drawers where princess figurines and baskets live,

And a windowsill where three more dolls and a wooden name train live.

There is a tall glass of water on a soft square coaster, next to a lone little cricket, chirping,

and bins full of Legos, instruments, and doll's clothes.

Goodnight room and goodnight bed,

Goodnight to the doll named Susan,

And "Gandalf" bear wearing a tee-shirt of red.

Goodnight flowers, goodnight towers,

And goodnight name train rolling across my windowsill.

Goodnight shelves of books with a reading nook,

Goodnight bureau with baskets and princess figurines,

And goodnight cricket who chirps for a drink of water.

Goodnight sky and goodnight stars,

And goodnight angels guarding us, from near and far.

© 2010 Karen A Szklany


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    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      7 years ago from New England

      Thank you, ChristinS. There's so much we can do to expand our experience of and response to our favorite books. They hold such special places in our hearts, don't they? Hope you're having a lovely day!

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      Christin Sander 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      I've always loved reading this story to the boys. I love your new take on it with your poem too :)

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      9 years ago from New England

      Glad you enjoyed the poem related to "Good Night Moon," ever a classic. :0) Thanks for stopping by to let me know. :0)

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      9 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I enjoyed the poem also. "Good Night Moon" is one of my favorite books and was read to my granddaughters. Thumbs up and thank you.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      9 years ago from New England

      Thank you, Ruby! :0)

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      9 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      What a great idea. I love your goodnight poem! Thumbs up for sure. Have you bookmarked to check out some of your other pages.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      9 years ago from New England

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to let me know that you liked this hub. Your comments are very much appreciated. :0)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Love love this HUB.. I am going to get this book for my grandchildren. Thanks for putting it on the HUB.


      I voted way up


    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      9 years ago from New England

      Hi jhaman. Glad you liked this hub. There's so many fun ways that "Goodnight Moon" can be enjoyed! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      9 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you, I love this book and made sure to read it to my son when he was younger and our one year old daughter.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      9 years ago from New England

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. Glad it was interesting. I hope that you will have some time sooner than later to do this with your young'un! :0) It's so much fun!

      Thanks for the encouragement. :0)

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      Phil Plasma 

      9 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      What a terrific idea - make your own Goodnight Room. If I ever have the time for such a craft, I'll do the same thing, my 2 year old is at the ripe age to enjoy it. Voted-up and interesting.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      10 years ago from New England

      Thank you, "Oceansunsets." Glad you enjoyed my hub. We enjoy the works of Margaret Wise Brown.

      Wishing you Sweet Dreams every night!


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      10 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Aww, absolutely loved this! Thanks so much Seafarer Mama. I saw the title to this hub, and immediately had a calming feeling and smile come across my face, for we have this book too and have read it countless times. Thanks for sharing Goodnight Room as well :)

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      10 years ago from New England

      Thanks, LeanMan. :0)

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      10 years ago from At the Gemba

      Goodnight.... Enjoy your read.


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