Author: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrators: Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger, Sophie Blackall, Linda Bleck, Renata Liwska, Christopher Silas Neal, Zachariah OHora, Eric Puybaret, Sean Qualls, Isabel Roxas, Melissa Sweet, Dan Yaccarino
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
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Margaret Wise Brown wrote the much-loved children’s stories Goodnight Moon and Big Red Barn, among others. Goodnight Songs features a collection of her previously unpublished lullabies sung by Emily Gary and Tom Proutt and illustrated by twelve award-winning artists.
Each of these twelve songs on the accompanying CD is featured in a two-page spread, beautifully illustrated by one of these talented artists. Lyrics are also provided to read or sing along. The music is soft, simple and charming in a folk style with varying instrumentation. Mandolin, thumb piano, harmonica, and slide trombone are some of the sounds featured.
Goodnight Songs would be a wonderful book for little ones to enjoy while curled up in bed, just before sleep. It also would make a nice companion on a long road trip, as a soothing aide for cranky and tired travelers. I highly recommend this book for all parents of young children.
You can find exclusive interviews with the illustrators, book trailer, a letter from the editor, and much more at the Goodnight Songs special website.
Reviewer: Alice Berger