Goodnight Moon for Bedtime
I bought the Goodnight Moon app, since I was curious about it. I found it a little too active for bedtime, but it was a lot of fun. I let my son (almost three) play with apps as a special treat and when I need to keep him one place. We pull out the iPad when we are waiting at the doctor’s office, on a long trip, or when are finishing up a meal at busy restaurant and all my other tricks (books included) have failed us. I let him play with the Goodnight Moon app in one of these situations. He loves making the moon spin around and making the light go on and off. That night when we were getting ready for bed, he pulled the board book version of Goodnight Moon off the shelf. We had gone through two copies of this book when he was a baby, but he had recently lost interest in it. The app brought him back to the book. The same thing happened with Moo, Baa, La, La, La! He seems to understand that the book and the app are two different experiences. I would never use apps at bedtime since I find them too stimulating, but I was pleased with the result I had with this app. This has convinced me that we need to find ways to make this technology AND traditional books work for early literacy.
Coordinator of Early Childhood Services
Brooklyn Public Library