7 things you never knew about the kids' book Goodnight Moon

7 things you never knew about the kids' book Goodnight Moon

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I somehow managed to get through my first daughter's early childhood without ever reading Margaret Wise Brown's classic bedtime story, Goodnight Moon.

Eventually, my youngest came along, and she turned out to be a terrible sleeper. I tried just about everything to get that girl to sleep, and that's how Goodnight Moon finally found a place on our bookshelf.

Though Margaret Wise Brown penned the book back in 1947, I don't remember ever owning a copy as a child. So when I cracked the cover in desperation when my daughter was around two years old, all I knew was that it was on every "Best Kids' Books" list I'd ever seen. With well over 14 million copies sold, its status as a classic is firmly entrenched.

Honestly, it wasn't quite what I was expecting. The green-and-orange color scheme initially seemed garish, the repetitive nature of the story itself was a little dull. I would have happily put up with that, of course, if it had actually put my kid to sleep! It didn't. She liked it, though, and in the years that followed we read it many, many times. And she was always wide awake by the time "Goodnight noises everywhere" rolled around.

It turns out there is much more to Goodnight Moon than you might have guessed. The details of the story – and the story behind the story – are surprisingly fascinating.

Here are a few things you might not have known about the bedtime book that everybody's read.

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Who knew such a seemingly simple book had such an interesting backstory!

Knowing all of this makes me appreciate Goodnight Moon a little more – I just wish I'd known it back when I was reading the story over and over again.

For those of you still fully immersed in repeated readings of this bedtime book, the ladies over at Rookie Moms offer a couple of tips to help renew your interest: Not only do the clock and the moon move as you flip through the pages, the bunny, the mouse and even the shadows cast across the bedroom do, too. Just a few things to keep an eye out for the next time your toddler pulls this well-worn board book down from the shelf!

This post was originally published on October 18, 2016; it was updated and republished February 27, 2018

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.

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