Goodnight Carolina: Celebrating Chapel Hill!

We love to read wonderful goodnight stories with our children; we also love Chapel Hill and were delighted to add this classic and beautifully illustrated book by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd (with illustrations by Elaine O’Neil) to our collection of bedtime favorites.

Elaine O’Neil’s quilted fabric image from Goodnight Carolina by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd

Goodnight Carolina has the familiar rhythm and dreamy feeling of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, but with a true (Tar Heel) blue charm that captures so many of the places, people and things that make Chapel Hill unique and wonderful.

Elaine O’Neil’s quilted fabric illustrations are GORGEOUS. The fabrics used for the picture depicting Julian’s clothing shop on Franklin Street are actual vintage fabrics from the shop.

Fabric quilted images, from Franklin Street and UNC landmarks, to Morehead Planetarium, to people enjoying ice cream on the rocking chairs on the front porch of Mapleview Ice Cream, to the Pig at Crook’s Corner, to Fearrington & its black-and-white beltie cows:  favorite Chapel Hill landmarks all around town are included.

Children are delighted when they recognize their favorite places in this beautiful bedtime storybook.

Goodnight Carolina also can serve as a fun treasure hunt for visitors! Go for a driving tour around town after reading the book and have your guests see if they can spot the treasured Chapel Hill places shown in the book! Better yet, schedule a tour with the UNC Visitors’ Center (in the Morehead Planetarium), and learn first-hand about Chapel Hill’s history and charm.

You can find Goodnight Carolina at local Chapel Hill area shops listed here: