Ease the transition from day to night and from awake to sleep with this book for baby.  This classic bedtime rhyme, Goodnight Moon, celebrates over 60 years in print!  Written by Margaret Wise Brown in 1947, the story follows a rabbit as he prepares to go to bed.  He says goodnight to bears and chairs, clocks and socks, mittens and kittens, a red balloon and the cow that jumped over the moon.  In fact, rabbit says goodnight to everything in the room!

This book is an excellent tool for the sleep ritual.  Through rhyme and short sentences, baby becomes familiar with saying “goodnight” and going to sleep.  If baby does not understand words yet, she will find comfort in the rhyme she hears in your voice as you read to her.  We know babies love the rhythm of the songs we sing to them.  They also love the rhyme in the books we read to them.  Sound, from our earliest days on earth, can bring feelings of comfort and security.  The predictability of familiar patterns of sound also helps baby learn sounds and eventually words.  “Goodnight room, and goodnight moon.”

Goodnight Moon:  by Margaret Wise Brown.  (New York:  Harper & Row, 1947).


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