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Happy Birthday, Margaret Wise Brown!

May 23, 2014

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved and prolific of all children’s authorsMargaret Wise Brown! Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn, and The Runaway Bunny will forever be thought of as quintessential children’s books that every young person should have in their home library. Dare we say that Goodnight Moon might just be the best-selling children’s book ever (well, in addition to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, anyway)? Check out this 2012 list of School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books to find out!

Born in 1910 and died in 1952, Ms. Brown wrote over a hundred manuscripts—some published, and some not. The discovery of an old trunk full of manuscripts stored in her sister’s barn in 1990 led to a new book being published decades after her death. Goodnight Songs collects songs that Ms. Brown wrote that were put to music and illustrated. (Our copy hasn't come in yet, but you can place it on order.) This project took many years to complete, but it was finally published this year and includes the artwork of twelve different illustrators, one for each separate song.

In addition to this new book of songs, many of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic books are being reissued with new pictures by some of today’s popular children’s illustrators. So even though she died over 60 years ago, chances are there are new books many people haven’t seen before. Karen Katz, one of our favorite illustrators for very young children, has illustrated two books: A Child’s Good Morning Book and Sleepy ABC.

What better way to celebrate this great day than by reading a Margaret Wise Brown book? Check out our catalog for your favorite one!

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