Goodnight Moon: A Bedtime Story for Children

From The Writer’s Almanac:

On this day in 1947 the classic children’s bedtime story Goodnight Moon was published. Margaret Wise Brown had already published several children’s books when she woke up one morning and began listing the items in her house, and saying goodnight to each of them.

She thought the poem-like list might make a good story and she sent it to her editor. The tale of a little rabbit who wanders about his room saying goodnight to, among other things, his comb, his brush, and his bowl full of mush, is now a soothing bedtime anthem for millions of children worldwide.

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