Goodnight Moon

Developed by:Loud Crow


Ages 2-4

Devotees of Margaret Wise Brown’s sleepytime classic will welcome Loud Crow’s Goodnight Moon app. There are just enough interactive opportunities but not too many to overwhelm young children. With the “read to me” and “read myself” options, users can make many objects in Clement Hurd’s iconic illustrations move and make (soft) noises. The fun is in discovering the animated surprises in that “great green room.” Does tapping the red balloon cause it to float off the page or will it bounce up and down? Will the three bears in the framed picture laugh or will they snore? On the “Goodnight noises everywhere” page, does the fire crackle as it has throughout the book? (Nope. It goes out.) The app includes standard features: tapping on a word lets users hear the word, there’s soothing piano music (which you can turn on or off), a swipe of the finger turns pages. Children can personalize a nameplate on the first page. Is this a bedtime app? Maybe not - but this age-appropriate app allows kids to use their daytime screentime playing with a familiar friend. (Horn Book)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:

  1. Introduce Sequence Words or Practice Counting:Talk to your child about their daily schedule and routine. What do they do first when they wake up in the morning? Next? What about their bedtime routine? Help them to go through their day using sequence words such as "first", "second", "next" and "finally". Or, help them to list their daily activities aloud by counting each activity with them.
  2. Buenas Noches!Help your child learn to say goodnight in a different language (whichever language you prefer, some options are below).  Everytime they hear or read the word “goodnight” have them practice saying it in a different language.  If using this app before bedtime, have them whisper the phrase to help them start to wind down.
  • Spanish: buenas noches
  • French: bonne nuit (pronunciation: bohn NWEE)
  • Italian: buonanotte (pronunciation: bwoh-nah noht-the)
  • Swahili: Lala salama (sleep well)

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

Building Literacy Skills:

  1. Emergent Reader:This is the earliest stage of reading. During this stage, children will rely on pictures and illustrations to gather information about the story.  Help readers in this stage by choosing the “Read Myself” option on the app and ask them questions during reading such as: What do you see on this page? What is happening? Remind your kiddo what the title of the story is; this will help them answer these questions and stick to the story topic.
  2. Early Reader:In this stage, children can point to words that he/she knows in the text. Ask your child to point to any words that he/she knows how to read, or ask them to try and identify a particular word of your choice on each page.

Reading to your child each day will benefit readers in any stage!

I see it!

Help your child practice object identification and fine motor skills by encouraging them to tap on specific objects on each page. Where is the cow? Where is the balloon?  As your child does this, the names of the objects will appear and they will also enjoy discovering what the objects will do.  For example, the fire will crackle, the balloon will fly off the page and so on!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

  1. Compare & Contrast:Help your child learn how to compare and contrast by asking them to do so with the Goodnight Moon book and this app. Tell them that when you compare two things, you are identifying things that make them the SAME.  When you are contrasting two things, you are identifying things that make them DIFFERENT. What about the two versions is the same? What is different? Use these questions to help start a discussion about which Goodnight Moon version they like better and why. Practice this skill with simple objects you can find around the house, too.    
  2. Goodnight Moon Sensory Bin:Create a sensory bin for your child with simple items you may already have in your home. You’ll need any type of dried beans and a container. Next, fill it with any small objects from the story (a cow, bear, chair, bowl, and so on).  Encourage your child to help you prepare the bin by finding the objects or similar objects.  They don’t need to be exact replicas by any means!  Re-read the story with your child and have them dig through the bin to find the corresponding objects.  Encourage them to move the objects as they move in the story. For example, if there happens to be a cow in the bin, have them show you how a cow would jump over the moon. If your child enjoys this activity, give them plenty of time to explore and use imaginative play. This activity will help your child practice listening skills, comprehension skills, and cultivate imaginative play.  Have fun!