Aimee Bender wrote a lovely essay for The New York Times about the writing lesson she learned from reading “Goodnight Moon” to her babies.
“Goodnight Moon does two things right away: It sets up a world and then it subverts its own rules even as it follows them,” she writes. “It works like a sonata of sorts, but, like a good version of the form, it does not follow a wholly predictable structure.”
She teases the elements of this seemingly simple story apart in a wholly satisfying (and thought-provoking) way. It touches on unexpected choices, surprisingly compassionate moments, and following your instincts. Well worth reading at the beginning (or middle or end) of your next writing project.