Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was one of my favorite books from childhood. Looking back at it now, the bright orange, green, and blue illustrations (and those crazy striped curtains) seem a bit strange compared to what book printers are currently putting out. But there was something about the lulling lilt of the words that was perfect for bed time.
It wasn’t until I started teaching that I was introduced to another of Brown’s books, The Important Book. Like Goodnight Moon, The Important Book has simple illustrations and an appealing cadence. Brown features various every-day objects and looks closely at their characteristics, finding the one characteristic that is most important to that object.
In the primary elementary grades teachers help kids learn to notice the characteristics of both shapes and coins. The Important Book makes a great literature connection for both of these concepts.