Goodnight Moon

Picture Book

Bibliographic Information: Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1975.

Plot Description:
In a bunny’s bedroom, there was a balloon, a picture of a cow jumping over the moon, a picture of three bears in chairs, kittens and mittens, other rhyming pairs, and his mother. Bunny says goodnight to the moon, to his mother, and to the room and its contents. He says goodnight to the stars and air, and to the noises everywhere. In the last illustration, the moon has fully risen in the bedroom window.

Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 360; Accelerated Reader: 1.8

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person, focusing on the many objects in Bunny’s room. It teaches the reader appreciation.

Content Area: English, Appreciation

Content Area Standard:

  • CCSS for Literature for K-5: #Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song; #7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
  • CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5:  #3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words both in isolation and in text; #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a great picture book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It is best suited to kindergarten through 1st grade. It explores themes like appreciation and rhymes.

Special Note: This was my favorite book as a kid.


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