Goodnight St. Louis

Have you ever visited St. Louis?    Perhaps you live in the wonderful city!  If so, what high school did you go to?  That’s one of the most common questions you will hear from the natives!   Or, maybe you would like to visit someday.  Well, St. Louis residents June Herman, Julie Dubray and Karen Heyse have teamed up to create a beautiful picture book about a beautiful city.  Their book is Goodnight St. Louis.

Full Disclosure:  I contacted the authors about their new book and they graciously sent me a review copy.  All opinions expressed are my own!

Goodnight St. Louis

Goodnight St. Louis showcases some of the best attractions that the city has to offer.  In fact, there are over 30 landmarks and attractions highlighted.  My son was delighted to see his beloved Magic House and St. Louis Zoo in the book.  These are two must see stops if you ever visit.  I loved that they highlighted the ultimate dessert destination, Ted Drewes.  My mouth is watering just visualizing my favorite, Fox Treat sundae.  Envision frozen vanilla custard, topped with hot fudge, raspberries and macadamia nuts.  Ahhh…perfect for a hot humid St. Louis afternoon.

The book lover in me would also like to add the Central St. Louis Public Library to the book.  This beautiful 100 year-old building was just recently renovated and is a great attraction to tour and settle down for a cozy read with your little one.  Here is a look at the library.

At the end of the book, you will find detailed information about each landmark.  Although, I’ve lived in or near the city for 35 years, I still discovered some facts that I didn’t know.  For example, I knew we had lots of gorgeous parks.  I used to live near the stunning Victorian, Tower Grove Park, but I didn’t know that St. Louis has 111 parks!

This is the perfect book for anyone who has lived in St. Louis or has ever visited  to have as a remembrance of their time in the “Gateway City”!  It’s a book for the young and young at heart.  For ordering information, visit the Goodnight St. Louis website.

Literacy Extension for Good Night St. Louis

Say good night to the city, town or village where you reside.  Capture pictures with your kids and create your own version of Goodnight _________.    This will give your children practice in writing and reading!

Do you know of a book that showcases the city in which you live or have visited?  Please share the title in the comments below.  Also,  for even more book ideas about the USA, visit my Booking Across the USA page and my Booking Across the USA Pinterest page.

Happy reading!

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. WOW!! Thanks to Jodie and Growing Book by Book for the wonderful review of our NEW book, Goodnight St. Louis. We are thrilled to be featured and can’t wait to share the book with all of you too. Thanks again and Goodnight St. Louis!

  2. Thanks for the great review on Goodnight St. Louis. I had the best time creating the illustrations for this book. June and Julie were delightful authors to work with.

  3. I love learning geography through picture books! Will be on the lookout for this one on St. Louis since I’ve never been there and only read about it through Percy Jackson! 🙂