Goodnight Moon has surprising depth for how simple the text may seem. It easily lends itself to activities that promote cognitive development for a range of ages — and it gets extra points for lulling young kids to sleep.
Title: Goodnight Moon
Author/Illustrator: Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
Age range: 4-8 (although younger kids like it too)
This classic children’s book soothes little ones to sleep with its slow, calming rhyme. A little bunny lays snuggly in bed while saying goodnight to familiar objects in the great green room. Contrasting illustrations capture the interest of little ones as they flip between simple ink sketches and full color paintings. The National Education Association has named this book a Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.
Goodnight Moon has become a bedtime favorite in our house and it easily lends itself to activities that promote language and cognitive development. We have a board book copy, which is perfect for babies and toddlers.
Word recognition: Take turns saying goodnight to things in your kids’ room.
Scavenger hunt: Use this printable from Harper Collins and challenge your kids to a scavenger hunt finding objects in the picture, or better yet, in your house.
Detective: Read your kids the nursery rhyme Hey, Diddle, Diddle and ask if they can find a reference to it in Goodnight Moon. Do the same with the book The Runaway Bunny and the nursery rhyme Goldilocks and the Three Bears .
Inference: Ask your kids to compare the first and last pictures in the book. Notice how the shading gets darker? Now flip through all of the pages and see how the light from the lamp gets brighter as the shading gets darker. Ask your child what is happening.
Create a sensory box with objects from the book. Like this one:
Note: You can use a base of dried beans, corn, sand, or stones. I picked a scarf because my toddler still puts everything in his mouth.
How I obtained the book: I bought this book