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Margaret Wise Brown

Biography

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for GOODNIGHT MOON and RUNAWAY BUNNY. Even though she died over 45 years ago, her books still sell very well. Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading. She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them. She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper. Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense

Margaret Wise Brown

Books by Margaret Wise Brown

by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd - Animals , Children's 4-8, Classics

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd. With foil stamping on the linen case cover and a commemorative foil sticker, this special edition is a must-have for collectors and children's book fans.

by Margaret Wise Brown and Greg Pizzoli - Animals , Children's 4-8

It’s time for a little bird to fly away
to the north, the south, the east, and the west.
Which direction will she like best?

Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Anna Dewdney - Children's 4-8, Picture

From the bestselling author of classics like GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama series.

by Margaret Wise Brown and Christian Robinson - Animals , Children's 4-8, Friendship, Picture

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.