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Goodnight St. Louis Book Review + A Giveaway!

2015 December 8
by Becky

**This giveaway has ended**

We love collecting books from our home cities, seeing the landmarks we love in print. Ethan can’t help but announce, “I’ve been there!” every time he sees a familiar sight. So we were thrilled to be given the gift of Goodnight St. Louis our first holiday back in town.

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This book beautifully depicts so many of the incredible landmarks and attractions we visit on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis. We’ve taken Ethan everywhere in the book—with the exception of Crown Candy (huge parent fail…it will happen soon), Mardi Gras, and Shakespeare in the Park. Technically he hasn’t been to the Peabody or Powell yet, but we’ll be checking those off the list by Christmas. Finn doesn’t have the patience for this whole book yet, but soon he’ll love it and recognize his favorite hangouts.

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Ethan can’t help but make the same comments on each page, like saying “There’s Uncle Daryl’s house!” on the Lafayette Square page, and “The ice cream cone was invented here!” on the Forest Park page, and he always pretends to eat the food in the picture of Ted Drewes and Crown Candy.

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So colorful and accurate yet whimsical too, I can’t get enough of that horse’s buck teeth. Illustrator Karen Heyse is amazing!

I cannot think of a better holiday, birthday, or welcome-to-the-city gift—you can’t go wrong with Goodnight St. Louis. Plus, it’s fun supporting local authors. So many local business sell this book, see this list to find one near you, and don’t miss the authors’ final signings of the year at Mercy Hospital Gift Shop on Friday, Dec 11 from 2-4pm and the Botanical Garden Gift Shop that same day from 5-7pm.

We met authors June Herman and Julie Dubray at a Missouri History Museum event a few months ago and I couldn’t help but gush about our love for this book. They are so sweet and immediately offered to do a giveaway here on the blog! How about a FREE book to put under the tree this year?


Goodnight St. Louis Authors June Herman & Julie Dubray are giving TWO lucky readers a copy of Goodnight St. Louis! Just in time for the holidays, what a great gift to give a child in your life. 

To enter, please:

  • Comment, telling me:
    • a) if you have this book
    • b) your child’s favorite St. Louis attraction/landmark.
  • “Like” Goodnight St. Louis on Facebook.
  • Additional Entry: “Like” Preparing for Peanut on Facebook.
  • Open to US residents only.

We will announce the winner Tuesday, December 15!
(Winner will be notified by email)

And if you can’t wait another second, visit the adorable Goodnight St. Louis website to for more information and a list of local retailers. Check out their new book themed merch too!


16 Responses
  1. December 9, 2015

    I’m not on Facebook, but I’ll tell my mom to like the book there! This is adorable. Our favorite St. Louis landmark has to be Forest Park, but Ted Drewes is right in our neighborhood and a very close second!
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  2. Sandy Schon permalink
    December 9, 2015

    So glad that’s a favorite. Fun to get other cities too. Can’t seem to resist them. The cute little shop in Lafayette square is where we found yours. Think they were one of the first to offer it. Also at the Magic House.

  3. Rochelle Albright permalink
    December 9, 2015

    We don’t have it. My 4 yo’s favorites are the Magic House and the free cookie at Schnucks.

    • Becky permalink*
      December 16, 2015

      The free cookie!! So funny

  4. Jaimy Lewis permalink
    December 9, 2015

    We do not have the book, yet! My daughter Emmeline loves the zoo and Tower Grove Park.

  5. Ellen Wells permalink
    December 9, 2015

    We do not have the book yet, but it looks wonderful! Jacob’s favorite places are the zoo and Ted Drewes.

  6. Marci Robertson permalink
    December 10, 2015

    We don’t have the book. We moved away from St. Louis in May and miss it greatly so this would be perfect! My little ones favorite landmark was the zoo :)

  7. December 10, 2015

    I do not have the book, but would love a copy to give to a family member that was adopted out of St. Louis. The birth parents had to stay in the city for number of days that the infant got to travel to many of these local places. We continue to talk about St. Louis to this family member in hopes that they can visit their home away from home. St. Louis plays a major part in our extended family.

    • Becky permalink*
      December 16, 2015

      This would be a wonderful gift!! So important to know about the city of birth! It would be a great way to help illustrate your St. Louis conversations.

  8. Kelli McKee permalink
    December 14, 2015

    Somehow, we don’t have this wonderful book yet, although I’ve given it as baby shower gifts twice! Would love to start introducing little man to the STL landmarks he will surely love! He’s a little too young for a favorite but does seem to enjoy our walks at the zoo and around Lafayette Square park…

    • Becky permalink*
      December 16, 2015

      You are already off to a good start!

  9. Ashley Cheatham permalink
    December 14, 2015

    We don’t have this book. Charlie’s favorite landmark is the Planetarium but he also gets really excited over the IKEA sign.

    • Becky permalink*
      December 16, 2015

      They totally should add Ikea in the next printing!! :)

  10. Michelle permalink
    December 14, 2015

    We don’t have that one (we do have “count to sleep, st louis”) but what beautiful and colorful illustrations!! Eleanor’s favorite landmark is “the arch in the downtown” (i swear, she says ALL of that EVERY time!)

    • Becky permalink*
      December 16, 2015

      I love how specific Eleanor is, because it can get confusing which arch we’re talking about!!

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