Goodnight Greenville is a captivating color-drenched book that takes young readers on an adventure through popular children’s attractions in Greenville, SC. Local landmarks such as Paris Mountain, the Greenville Zoo, and Roper Mountain Science Center are transformed into starry night-spangled verses echoing the cheery cadence of the original Goodnight Moon. The beautiful artwork and familiarity of imagery create a story that engages young children to reading.
It is clear that reading to children at all ages has multiple benefits. With this fact in mind, Greenville Health System (GHS) pediatrician Joe Maurer and nationally recognized Greenville artist Joseph Bradley created a book that captures the strong sense of local pride and stirs the imagination by using places around the community that children often visit. Reading easily becomes an enjoyable activity with the possibilities revealed in Goodnight Greenville.
Additionally, Goodnight Greenville further benefits the community. All proceeds go directly to GHS Children’s Hospital. Children’s Hospital is the Upstate’s only hospital recognized by the national Children’s Hospital Association. It provides leading-edge therapies while delivering “whole child” care to more than 360,000 patients a year. Signature services includes a 24-hour ER staffed by pediatric specialists, 80-bed neonatal ICU, cancer center, the area’s sole pediatric rheumatology division and several renowned specialty programs.
Funds specifically benefit the Child Life Program. Child Life specialists are certified educational and developmental specialists who work one-on-one with children and families to ease the stress and even trauma of medical procedures and hospitalizations. Interventions range from bubble-fueled distraction therapy to medical play, age-appropriate explanations of procedures and extended support for families facing difficult situations.