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Margaret Wise Brown Books In Order

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Publication Order of Noisy Books

The Noisy Book (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Noisy Book Board Book (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Country Noisy Book (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seashore Noisy Book (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Indoor Noisy Book (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winter Noisy Book (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quiet Noisy Book (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Quiet Noisy Book Board Book (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Summer Noisy Book (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bunny's Noisy Book (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Noisy Book Treasury (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Over the Moon Books

The Runaway Bunny (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Moon (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My World (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Ugly Duckling (1843)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Wind Blew (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like Bugs (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Donkey Close Your Eyes (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Fireman (With: ) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Steam Roller (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Bird (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Good Little Bad Little Pig! (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bumble Bugs and Elephants (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Streamlined Pig (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Pig's Picnic (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Polite Penguin (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Frighten The Lion (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Child's Good Night Book (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Chicken (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Light, Green Light (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Fur Secret (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They All Saw It (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Fisherman (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of a Hundred Windows (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Lost Lamb (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Island (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Fur Family (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Egg Book (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shy Little Horse (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wait Till the Moon Is Full (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleepy Book (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Cowboy (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Little Firemen (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Farmer (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Color Kittens (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Little Trains (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pussycat's Christmas (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Important Book (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Little Miners (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wonderful House (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dream Book (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Fat Policeman (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Wood of the Golden Birds (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Peppermint Family (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pussy Willow (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Train to Timbuctoo (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Little Gardeners (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fox Eyes (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas in the Barn (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Child's Good Morning Book (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Have You Been? (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Noon Balloon (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doctor Squash the Doll Doctor (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mister Dog (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sailor Dog (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Bunny (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duck (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden House (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Fir Tree (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Friendly Book (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like Stars (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wheel on the Chimney (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Things I Like (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sailor Boy Jig (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Young Kangaroo (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Brass Band (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big Red Barn (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home for a Bunny (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Little Animals (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nibble Nibble (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diggers (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Christmas Eve (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Fur Feet (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Little One (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whispering Rabbit (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Indian (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shhhhhh Bang (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Little Postmen (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleepy Little Lion (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Pussycat (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Time in a Pigpen (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby Animals (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Birthday Book (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David's Little Indian (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Grasshopper and the Ants (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepy ABC (With: ) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day the First Walnut Fell (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Three Orphan Kittens (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Animals in the Snow (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleepy Men (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby's First Library (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Scarecrow Boy (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another Important Book (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bumble Bee (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Child is Born (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dirty Little Boy (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Song Of Summer (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Song Of Winter (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Song Of Spring (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mouse of My Heart (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Songs of the Little Bear (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Baby's Gift (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Song of Autumn (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My World Of Color (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Songs from the Earth (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Big & Little (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robin's Room (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sheep Don't Count Sheep (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Bear (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Bunny (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flying Mouse (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fathers Are Coming Home (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon Shines Down (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Christmas Day (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleep Little Angel (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Count To 10 With A Mouse (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleep Tight, Sleepy Bears (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Around the World We Go! (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunshine and Snowballs (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Song for All Seasons (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Away in My Airplane (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Families (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wish Upon a Dream (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like Fish (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jingle Paws (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Find It Book (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Little Fathers (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Happy Little Rabbit (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tickly Spider (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
North, South, East, West (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Bunnies (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Margaret Wise Brown's Manners (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Good Day, Good Night (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walk with Me (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be Brave, Little Tiger! (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cloud Song (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Home in the Barn (With: ) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nursery Rhyme Search and Find (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tickly Spider (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Long Time that I've Loved You (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 First Words (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Days Before Now: (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Brer Rabbit (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wonderful Storybook (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Willie's Adventures (With: ) (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Looking Towards Light (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Sun and the Moon (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby Love Library (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleepy Bunnies (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Give Yourself to the Rain (With: ) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Songs (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bedtime Stories (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Margaret Wise Brown 5-Minute Stories (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goodnight Songs Treasury of Bedtime Poems (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Margaret Wise Brown was one of the most prolific children’s fiction authors and editor of childrens works. She is best known as the author of the 1942 published “The Runaway Bunny” and the 1947 published “Goodnight Moon.”

The author was born and brought up in Brooklyn, in the small suburb of Greenpoint. She was the child of Robert Bruce Brown and Maude Margaret who were very well off. Growing up, her parents did not have a great marriage and she spent much of her childhood in boarding school in Europe.

Despite the many struggles her parents had, Margaret never let it get to her as she spent much of her time outdoors, given that she was a very adventurous and imaginative child.

She would later on become one of the most prolific authors in children’s fiction with more than 100 titles to her name at the time of her death. She also left behind troves of unpublished collections and picture books that were unearthed following her death.

Over her long career, she was known for producing fresh and innovative works that would make her a driving force behind what was the revolution in children’s fiction not only as an editor, but also as an author.

Brown graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia based Hollins college in 1932. She then moved to New York City where she got a job teaching students at Bank Street School.

But writing was something she always wanted to do and in no time at all she started penning children’s fiction. She wanted to come up with stories that portrayed boys as equal to boys and rose above bland sentimentality.

Margaret was a dawdler and dreamer in the best sense of the word and often spent a lot of time researching her plots, and subjects. Nothing is ever too great to meticulously work on from the clouds in the sky to the tiny flowers on the ground.

All she wanted to do was explore the sense of awe a child always has discovering the world around them.

In 1937, she published When the Wind Blew her debut novel under Harper & Bros. The work was an instant success and set the stage for what would become a very successful career.

In her 2016 published biography, Amy Gray described Margaret Wise Brown as an incredibly talented, quirky and clever author. She was known for living life with passion as she could afford a luxurious life given her huge royalties and many troubled and long affairs with both women and men.

Even though Margaret Wise Brown has been dead more than a century, her stories and books still remain very popular among kids of different ages. Her novels have been known for how they often incorporated animals as the lead characters in the stories.

Margaret also liked to open novels full of rhythm. She would occasionally include hard words into her poems and stories just to make her audience think much harder when they consumed the works.

She used to write all the time and the inheritors of her estate found many poems and story ideas in her belongings. She often said that she got many of her story ideas in dreams and often had to dash out of bed to go write them up, so that she would not forget them.

Margaret always tried to pen her stories in the voice of children and also trained illustrators to illustrate just the way a child would see things.
The author died in France of a bursting appendix in 1952.

Margaret Wise Brown’s novel “The Runaway Bunny” is the story of a little rabbit who informs his mother that he would run away. He becomes a circus acrobat, a fish, a sailboat, a rock on a mountain, a bird, a hidden garden crocus and then a boy. Ultimately, he decides he is better off just being a rabbit.

His mother appears as a trapeze walker, a fisherman, a cloud, a mountain climber, a tree, a gardener and ultimately just a mother bunny.

The work comes with some beautiful illustrations of boy bunny and his mother, the latter who is portrayed as a helicopter parent who stifles her son.

It makes for quite an amusing story as the little bunny tries everything to get out from under his mother’s thumb but it does seem as if there is no escaping it.

However, another perspective is that the mother bunny is trying to be there for her child no matter what.

The scenes are creatively illustrated with the boy rabbit becoming all manner of things. It is an imaginative and peaceful read that makes for a beautiful bedtime story for kids.

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic in which one small bunny says goodnight to all the pets and objects in his room. He has the habit of telling the audience of the many things he spots around his room, just as he is about to sleep.

Clement Hurd makes some creative and beautiful illustrations as he paints the little bunny’s room in some brightly colored paint. The carpet is red and the walls are green but you do not get the Christmasy feeling you usually would.

They are also highly creative images as they include a painting of three bears colored in white and black among other colorful animals in the bunny’s room.
As the story progresses, Clement Hurd progressively makes the colors darker to illustrate that the little bunny is finally preparing to go to sleep and is saying goodnight to everyone and everything in his room.

This is a true classic that would make for an excellent read to teach children about different objects in the home and also as a bedtime story.

Margaret Wise Brown’s novel “My World” is the companion piece to the novel “Goodnight Moon.” It introduced a cryptic book that a child has been forbidden from beholding. It turns out that it is full of blank pages which Mother and Child stare at in grim silence.
Later on the child takes out his toy car but it does not go far because he is trying to ride it over his teddy bear.
The work ends with a deliberately cryptic question that echoes the jumbled and foggy nature of the work.

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