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September 1, 2014

“Good Night Moon” ~ Review #3

9780694003617_p0_v2_s260x420“Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown is a timeless classic that has been enjoyed since it was first published in 1947. “Goodnight Moon” is a sweet bedtime story about a bunny that tries to prolong bedtime by saying goodnight to all the things in his room. There are so many ways to expand this story, enjoy a few ideas I’ve shared below!




Language and speech elements that can be addressed are:

Vocabulary (household items, animals, food, toys)

  • Concepts (colors, time, shapes, full/half)
  • Prepositions
  • Answering WH questions
  • Categories (animals, household items, toys, clothing, food)
  • Rhyming
  • /g/: Goodnight


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion; assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

1. Look at the cover of the book together: Make a guess about what the book might be about. This is a great activity to practice prediction skills. Also when looking at the cover, discuss the title, author, and illustrator and what those terms means.

2. Talk about the items you see on the cover.


1. As you go through the book, ask WH questions about each page. For example: What is green? What is on the wall? What is next to the socks? What says tick-tock?

2. When reading, play “I Spy.” For example: “I spy a party decoration,” “I spy an animal that says ‘moo,’” “I spy something you sit on,”“I spy something that hangs on a wall.” etc.

3. Point out the references made to other favorite stories, such as “Hey Diddle Diddle” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.


1. Look around your child’s bedroom together. Talk about what is the same and different between their room and the ‘green room.’

2. Incorporate direction following with prepositions – “Put a teddy bear on the dresser,” “Put a rabbit in a drawer,” etc.

3. Divide a piece of paper in half. On one side, discuss things seen during the day. On the other side, discuss things seen at night.

4. Talk about the moon and stars. Discuss the different shapes of the moon (full, crescent, half). This is a great opportunity to discuss the concept of “full” and “half”.

6. Talk about time. Throughout the book there is a clock on the mantle, night stand etc. Talk about what time it is and discuss how it is getting later in the evening.

7. Use the story pattern to say “Hello” to the objects in the room in the same style as the book. Expand this activity to the car!

8. To further expand, read “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Runaway Bunny” and “Hey Diddle, Diddle.”





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