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Margaret Wise Brown [ Bio, photos, and more]
[Bibliography of Margaret Wise Brown]

an engrossing biography of Margaret Wise Brown by Leonard S. Marcus

Goodnight Moon

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Goodnight Moon

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Anniversary Review

Margaret Wise Brown,
Leonard S. Marcus,
Clement Hurd, Illustrator (1908-1988)

Can you believe that the book that has been read and loved by generations is now 50?

The 50th Anniversary Edition is a cloth edition and includes the original book along with a retrospective... the story behind the story.

"Goodnight Moon" will remain a classic charming warm and wonderful way to quiet a child at bedtime. A child follows along with the little rabbit and says goodnight to the day and everything around them.

"In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon, and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon..."

A child no longer wants to stall bedtime when "Goodnight Moon" awaits them. An excellent time to spend with your child, to soothe away the day and go off to dreamland.

"Goodnight stars.
Goodnight air.
Goodnight noises everywhere."

MY WORLD [Compansion to GoodNight Moon] [MI MUNDO]

Sneakers, the Seaside Cat
Sneakers the Seaside Cat (2003)
by Margaret Wise Brown, Anne Mortimer (Illustrator)

Sneaker's first trip to the seashore. Excellent book to take to the beach. Adapted from stories in the 1955 publication of Sneakers Seven Stories About a Cat

Robin's Room

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Never before published

Robin's Room

Margaret Wise Brown, Author
Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (Illustrators)

This never before published book from Margaret Wise Brown contains an important message about the creativity of our children often suppressed by adults.

Robin paints pictures on the doors and windows, paints flowers in the bathtub, hides his toys under the rug, puts sand-filled sneakers in his mother's bed, ties mice to chairs and even saws off the legs of the chairs. In other words, his parents feel that he is destroying the house. "What will we ever do with this child?" His parents cried. "He is underfoot, overhead, in our hair, and all over the place." When they decide to give Robin his own (rather dull) room, he stomps his feet and says, "Give me three carpenters, please."

Creativity is an attitude of self expression, individuality and a child's uniqueness. Robin, with the help of the carpenters, creates "A child's room made by a child."

Robin's Room is a colorful and brilliantly illustrated message about not coloring (our lives) within the lines or encouraging conformity.

The Important Book


The Important Book

Margaret Wise Brown, Author
Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)

The important thing about The Important Book--is that you let your child tell you what is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a chair and a table and a pencil and a bear and a rainbow and a cat (if he wants to).For the important thing about The Important Bookis that the book goes on long after it is closed.What is most important about many familiar things—like rain and wind, apples and daisies—is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures.

Ask your child, "What's important about you?" Self-discovery/Self-portrait/Self-esteem

Two Little Trains
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Two Little Trains
Illustrated by Diane and Leo Dillon, two-time Caldecott Medalists.

"Two little trains went down the track,
Two little trains went West.
Puff, Puff, Puff and Chug, Chug, Chug,
Two little trains to the West."

Two little trains are heading west. One is shiny and moving fast. The other is old (a toy) and moving slowly. What do they have in common?

The original cover (1949) was illustrated by Jean Charlot
Two Little Trains - The original cover

The Runaway Bunny

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The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Author
Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

"If you run away,' said his mother, 'I will run after you. For you are my little bunny."

Wonderful book for reassuring a child of a mother's love.

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The Litte Island

by Golden MacDonald (pen name for Margaret Wise Brown)
David Weisgard, Illustrator

1947 Caldecott Medal

The Dead Bird


A Study of The Dead Bird
Remy Charlip, Illustrator
Sneakers : Seven Stories About a Cat
Jean Charlot, Illustrator (1898-1979)
Published 1955
The Steamroller
Evaline Ness, Illustrator (1911-1986)
Shhhhhh Bang: A Whispering Book
Robert de Veyrac, Illustrator
Published 1943
Willies Adventure Willie's Adventures

Crockett Johnson, Illustrator
Published 1954

Sleepy ABC
Esphyr Slobodkina, Illustrator (1908-
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Published 1953
The Good Little Bad Little Pig
The Good Little Bad Little Pig
by Margaret Wise Brown, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator)

Peter wants a pet pig. Says Peter's mother, "You want a dirty little bad little pig? Peter replies, "No, I want a good little bad little pig."

The Good Little Bad Little Pig is a book full of surprises and most of all a message of unconditional love and reassurance... because sometimes we're good and sometimes we're bad.