Daryl Lindsey
January 13, 2017 1:05 pm
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When it comes to children’s stories, there is none so iconic as Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. According to her new biography, however, the Goonight Moon author didn’t actually like children all that much.

In the Great Green Room profiles Brown, who wrote Goodnight Moon and more than 100 other children’s books throughout her career. For being such a prolific children’s writer, Brown herself admitted to less-than-fond feelings about her target audience.

The biography details Brown’s troubled childhood and her desire to become a great American novelist. Though her career writing children’s books skyrocketed her to success, she seemed wistful about writing more “grown-up” literature.

Children’s books or not, we hope Brown knew how influential her books were for us growing up!