Goodnight songs Illustrated by twelve award-winning picture book artists by Margaret Wise Brown


Goodnight songs Illustrated by twelve award-winning picture book artists by Margaret Wise Brown

This book is suitable for ages 3 to 6. From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved Goodnight Moon, comes a previously unpublished collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the page; Coretta Scott King Honour Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honour medalist Melissa Sweet. An accompanying CD, with lilting songs beautifully composed and sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt, makes this the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight.


It's a treasure trove: one dozen previously unpublished lyrical songs illustrated by the likes of Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger and Melissa Sweet. In an introduction, estate editor Amy Gary explains how she found a trunk in Brown's sister's barn filled with unpublished manuscripts with Brown's handwritten notes along with musical scores of her words. They were written in 1952, the last year of her life, when she was traveling in France for a book tour and under contract to create songs for a new children's record company. Brown's intent was to capture the spirit of a child's world in her songs as she had done with her stories . . . the simple rhymes have Brown's trademark charm . . . Each song is presented on one double-page spread, each illustrated by a different artist (uncredited until an ending recap) . . . children will enjoy the whimsical scenes, and adult mavens of children's literature will appreciate and delight in the background of the discovery. Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Margaret Wise Brown (1910 - 1952) was an American author of many popular tales for children, but is best known for her stories Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Clement Hurd (1908 - 1988) studied art in Paris and worked as a freelance decorative artist in New York before becoming a children's book illustrator. Best known for Goodnight Moon, he later created on many beautiful books with his wife Edith Thacher Hurd.

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28 pages


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Publication date

4th April 2014



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