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About Margaret Wise Brown
Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.
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Titles By Margaret Wise Brown
In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.
One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.
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The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon, is now available for the first time as an ebook!
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.
The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.
Once there was a little bunny. He was all alone. One day he found an egg. He could hear something moving inside the egg. What was it?
The tale of a bunny's discovery of a mysterious egg--a Big Golden Book beloved by generations--is available for the first time in the Little Golden Book line, with its original illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Leonard Weisgard. This Springtime classic by the author of Goodnight Moon is now perfectly sized for Easter baskets!
From Kalamazoo to Timbuctoo, from Timbuctoo and back!
This beloved story from 1951, about a big train and a little train that have just left Kalamazoo, has captured the imaginations of generations of children. Out of print for decades, it is back to delight little ones and their parents and grandparents again. "Clackety-clack—clackety-clack—pocketa-pocketa-pocketa"—down the track they go! Now a new generation of children will pore over the cheerful illustrations of bridges, tracks, and countryside, while listening to this rollicking tale.
There is a way to close your mouth when you chew
and a way not to close your mouth when you chew.
In this witty book by Margaret Wise Brown, adorable animal characters show how good manners can open up the world to a child. Simple text uses opposites to illustrate a good way and a not-so-good way to wait in line, eat at the table, behave at a party, and treat an animal. Even the youngest children will quickly understand the message, brought to them in a gentle and amusing way. By the author of Goodnight Moon—who knew a thing or two about how to reach and teach young readers.
Bichos negros. Bichos verdes. Bichos gordos. Bichos de todos. ¡Me gustan los bichos! Elige tu favorito en esta edición en español del libro infantil de Margaret Wise Brown acerca de nuestros amigos pequeños.
LEYENDO A PASOS es una línea de Step into Reading que ofrece ediciones en español de libros nivelados. Los libros Paso 1 tienen letra grande y palabras fáciles. Son ideales para niños que conocen el abecedario y que quieren comenzar a leer. Su ritmo, rima y pistas visuales contribuyen a la comprensión del texto.
Bugs are cool in this Spanish edition of the Step 1 early reader written by the bestelling author of Goodnight Moon!
Black Bugs. Green Bugs. Fat Bugs. Buggy Bugs. I like bugs! Pick your favorite one in this Spanish edition of Margaret Wise Brown's book about our tiny friends.
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. LEYENDO A PASOS is a Spanish-language line of Step into Reading.
A delightful word book illustrated with familiar and comforting art from the world of Goodnight Moon.
Sturdy board pages with 100 words organized into categories such as Animals, Colors, Toys, and Bedtime makes this word book just right for helping babies and toddlers identify words they’re beginning to learn.
There’s no better way to get kids pointing, naming, and talking than with the iconic words and illustrations readers will recognize from Margaret Wise Brown’s and Clement Hurd’s beloved classics Goodnight Moon and My World.
Perfect for tiny hands and growing minds, this word book is a great addition to every child’s first bookshelf.
Ready, Action! Classic series opens the world of classic tales to young learners.
Filled with easy-to-learn lines and lively songs, an Aesop’s fable, The Crab Family, is adapted as a play script to turn young learners into a brilliant performer on stage.
While reading and singing along, learners naturally acquire listening, speaking, and as well as, reading skills with carefully leveled contents."
Mother, Mother, I am sick
Call for the Doctor quick quick quick!
When tiny toys of all kinds cry, Doctor Squash comes running! Always ready to mend and soothe, to pat and prescribe, Doctor Squash helps each doll stay "fit as a fiddle and right as rain." And when the good doctor himself falls ill, you can be sure there will be a crackerjack team of dolls-turned-doctors ready to rush to his aid!
Beautifully reillustrated by David Hitch, this whimsical Golden Book from the 1950s will enchant a new generation.
The Moon Shines Down
by Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Linda Bleck
Forgotten for decades in a dusty, tucked-away trunk, The Moon Shines Down brings to life once more the unmistakable voice of Margaret Wise Brown. This soon-to-be classic allows a whole new generation of children to discover, cherish, and enjoy the artistry of this beloved author.
Never before published, The Moon Shines Down on children all over the world from right next door to across the sea, from where “a Dutch boy dreams” and “cowbells ring” to “across the sea in the Far, Far East”, through the familiar prayer:
I see the Moon
And the Moon sees me.
God bless the Moon,
And God bless me.
Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952) was a pioneer of children’s literature, choosing to write the stories that children wanted to hear—rather than those that grown-ups wanted to tell. She is best known for her now classic Good Night Moon and Runaway Bunny, which remain among the world’s best-selling children’s books.
Margaret was a prolific writer, and, at the peak of her career, she had over 100 books in print. Her untimely death left numerous manuscripts and ideas behind in various stages of completion. After a time, these were tucked away in a cedar trunk and largely forgotten. It is from this forgotten trunk that The Moon Shines Down was rescued.
Illustrator Linda Bleck began her artistic career as a child, drawing on rolls of old blueprint paper supplied by her architect father. Later, she helped her mother, a freelance illustrator for Hallmark, paint in the details of her intricate drawings. Linda’s work has appeared in The NewYorker, Time Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. She is also the writer and illustrator of the “Pepper the Dog” series, which won the National Parenting Publication Award.
Linda and her family now live in southern Wisconsin . . . where the moon shines down on them, one and all.
The Story Behind the Lost Manuscript . . .
The Moon Shines Down
from MARGARET WISE BROWN,
the Author of Goodnight Moon
The Moon Shines Down is being published for the first time 56 years after the death of the beloved children’s author Margaret Wise Brown.
Amazingly, this unpublished manuscript lay incomplete and forgotten in a cedar trunk in a Vermont barn. When it was discovered, the onionskin paper had yellowed and the paperclips that held the pages together had rusted. Children’s book publisher, Laura Minchew, a longtime fan of Brown, took on the challenge to complete the work.
Based on the New England Sampler prayer, “God Bless the Moon and God Bless Me,” this soon-to-be bedtime classic is a prayer for God’s blessing on all the world’s children.