Why I Love This Book
I was honestly surprised when this book came out. The title was just a little to close to the classic, Goodnight Moon. However, once I was finished reading this amazingly popular book, I realized why it shot to the top of the charts upon release.
When I'm working on these pages for you, I think my favorite part is the research and new discoveries. This book did not disappoint.
This book actually grew out of a nightly ritual the author, Sherri Duskey , was "required" to complete with her then two year old son. We've all been there, exhausted from a day's work and facing a wide awake child that doesn't seem tired at all. Duskey started thinking of ideas for ways to make this an easier task each night. She knew one thing, he... was obsessed with trucks. He only wanted to be read books about trucks and he even went so far as to mention trucks in his nightly prayers. One night, she told him that even the dump trucks and bulldozers had to rest up for the next day. From then on, they got in the habit of telling each of the trucks good night. It worked in two ways: it helped her son fall asleep and it landed her a book deal.
She had never written a story before and didn't have an agent. She wrote the book and after completing the manuscript she sent it to Chronicle Books because she appreciated the quality of their published works on her son's shelves. An editor found her story in the "unagented" pile of submissions, got the opinion of another editor, and not long after that, the book was acquired by Chronicle with a promise of publication!
That book has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has multiple variations on the theme in the way of books and numerous toy tie-ins.
This book offers multiple opportunities for learning that go far beyond what's printed on the page or seen in the illustrations. Here's a small sample:
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Adding an element of play is yet another way to deepen the understanding of the concepts introduced within the multiple readings of the story. You'll be surprised at the amount of learning that's transferred and reinforced through imaginative play.
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"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald