If you're bored with the same old bed time stories, you need to check out Goodnight St. Louis. It's a colorful trip through your kid's favorite landmarks and written by a pair of St. Louis moms who know them well.
Julie Dubray and June Herman wrote Goodnight St. Louis. The book is somewhat inspired by Goodnight Moon…but without the OCD rabbit. Each page of their book wishes goodnight to a different St. Louis landmark, from the Arch to Crown Candy Kitchen. The rhymes are set against the whimsical paintings of local artist Karen Heyse.
I read the book to my own six year old and he was excited to pick out his favorite places. "We've been there!" he remarked over and over again.
The illustrations in Goodnight St. Louis are detailed enough to keep kids looking through the pages again and again. There's a cute little cardinal--our city's favorite bird--in every scene, so you can challenge little ones to spot the birdie.
Julie and June told me that they had never written anything before tackling Goodnight St. Louis. They knew their book would do well because there was nothing like it on store shelves. After doing some research they decided to self-publish the book and do their own promoting. They sold more than 1500 copies in the book’s first couple weeks in stores.
You can read more about my interview with Julie and June over at StlMotherhood. If you want to find a copy, the book is sold on their website and at local businesses and gift shops around town.