When I said goodnight to the moon last night, I had 73 views of yesterday's post! I was completely amazed and excited. I guess it confirmed I should write more on that topic and I will! I promise. As I wrote before, there are many things I am passionate about and food and what we put into our bodies is definitely one of them. I'm sure I'll touch on that subject quite often. But perhaps a lighter topic today...Books! After all, I blog here because I want to be a writer. And what is a writer without books?!
Goodnight Moon is one of my youngest son's favorite books! We started reading that book when he was about 9 months old. I believe it was a Christmas present from his Grandpa!
We read that book nightly for a very long time - probably at least two years! We usually saved it for the last of 3-4 bedtime books so that he knew it was the last and a sign of it being time for prayers and sleep! He still loves the book and he is 3 1/2 now. We play games with it. I'll read one part "Goodnight comb, goodnight brush," and he completes the rhyme... (If you don't know it, you simply must read the book! ) Other times, when I'm not feeling to tired, I play around a bit and read the wrong line: Goodnight Hippo jumping over the moon. Oh how he laughs! And of course, after reading it however many times, quickly corrects me and tells me what it should be. I think he had it memorized before I did! 🙂
Margaret Wise Brown has always been a favorite of mine. She was a talented author who knew the mind of a child. I just read that she is best known for Goodnight Moon (no surprise there), Big Red Barn (have not even heard of that one...will need to check that out at the library next time!) and Runaway Bunny (again, no surprise but was never a favorite of mine). When I was little I loved Mister Dog; The Dog Who Belonged to Himself, The Golden Egg Book and Home For A Bunny. I never even heard of Goodnight Moon until I had my second child! But I know it quite well now!
Margaret Wise Brown died when she was only 42. It's amazing how many great books she had written by that time. And here I am , past that, and haven't one in print (yet?). She had 4 other pen names. That is new to me. I will have to do some further research into that interesting tidbit. I'm not sure if they were all children's books or if she actually wrote other genres as well. I think it's fascinating when authors write under various pen names.
I have often wondered if I ever did publish, whether I would use my actual name or use a pen name. I don't know if many authors use pen names these days. I remember when I was young actually making up names to use! April Snow was one I liked a lot. Something about the extreme opposites... although it did snow here once in April on my daughter's birthday! She was not appreciative of that!
Well, if I am ever to make that decision, I will have to actually finish writing or revising a manuscript worthy of publication and get it out there! So no time like the present to get working on that! So Goodnight Moon, hello days of writing!
DID YOU KNOW??
Four year old children who were read one alphabet book per day significantly
improved in their awareness of phonemes - tiny letter sounds that make up words. Read to your child today! 🙂