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  1. Amanda
    Amanda August 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm |

    Goodnight Moon was my favorite book as a child. We didn’t own it, so every other time that we went to the library, I checked it out. I used to draw the picture on the front when I wasn’t reading it.

    Then, when I went to france in 1999, I brought a copy and translated it into french for the kids my host-mother babysat during the day. Ever since then, I’ve read that the old lady whispers “chut” instead of “hush.”

    My kids are all intimately familiar with this one, though they’ve all outgrown it by this point. I agree that it’s so important to read to your kids, but not just that – you have to let them see you reading yourself. I used to see my kids imitating my quiet reading way before they could read. It was a different experience for them than getting read to. Kids may like people reading them stories, but unless they see that reading alone can be fun, they won’t necessarily learn to appreciate reading.

  2. Florinda
    Florinda August 11, 2008 at 3:57 am |

    If I hadn’t closed submissions for the August Bookworms Carnival, this would be a perfect fit with the theme. But I haven’t posted the Carnival yet, so I could sneak it it if you’re in agreement. Please let me know!

  3. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 11, 2008 at 7:29 am |

    Amanda, I think my son sees me read a lot too! I’m excited to see him (hopefully) learn to love reading…

    Florinda, I’d be honored if you wanted to include it!

  4. Smallworld Reads
    Smallworld Reads August 11, 2008 at 8:31 am |

    Goodnight Moon–we read this to our 3 children every single night until they were each about 3. Well, that along with about 10 other books each night! My oldest son’s first word was “ba-oon” (pointing to the red balloon). Such sweet memories!

  5. Lisa
    Lisa August 12, 2008 at 7:13 am |

    You’ve quoted my favorite part of the book. My 3 year old no longer requested it, but it’s about time to pull it out for the baby. Thanks for reminding me.

  6. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm |

    Smallworld Reads and Lisa, aren’t books wonderful memories!

  7. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
    Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) August 16, 2008 at 6:33 am |

    This is a really well-written and thoughtful post; I don’t really have anything to add other than I read it and it made me smile thinking about reading books as a kid :)

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  9. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), Thanks for your comment! That’s why I’m enjoying Lerer’s review of children reading because it’s a walk back into my own childhood.

  10. Kim
    Kim September 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm |

    This was a great post. Congratulations on being included in the Bookworms Carnival. You’re very deserving.

  11. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid September 5, 2008 at 12:37 am |

    Kim, Thank you! I was reading the story to my son and I decided it was something worth writing about on this site! There is so much great stuff in it!

  12. Rino
    Rino March 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm |

    Smallworld indeed. I ordered this “Goodnight Moon” from Amazon 10 years (more or less) for my son. We would always read it before he goes to bed. :-)

  13. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid March 3, 2009 at 8:06 pm |

    Rino, I love it too!

  14. Julia
    Julia June 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm |

    This was my sister’s favorite book, and it still is one of her favorites (she’s sixteen now). Her first word was “moon.” My grandma even made her a stuffed moon with a face, and pajamas with a cow jumping over the moon on the shirt, and moon-and-stars bottoms. Even today, “Good Night Moon” is on her bookshelf in her bedroom.

  15. Sally
    Sally October 30, 2010 at 1:47 am |

    Goodnight moon was probably one of my favorite books when I was little. I would try and get my dad to read it to me every night and it was actually the first book I learnt to read. It’s beautifully and simply written and ever so often I love to take it out from the top shelf of my closet and read it once or twice.. And for some reason ever night, I love to tell the moon goodnight. a timeless book that I know that I will read to my children and hopefully they will read to theirs.

    1. Rebecca Reid
      Rebecca Reid November 1, 2010 at 7:13 am |

      Sally, it is a timeless book! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Christine
    Christine January 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm |

    This was my children’s favorite book for nighttime. Now this fall, my baby goes off to college. :(

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