Imagination Library Book Activity for Good Night Gorilla

Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryBOOK TITLE: Good Night, Gorilla
AUTHOR: Peggy Rathmann

SUMMARY OF BOOK: As the zoo closes for the evening, Joe, the zookeeper, makes his rounds to make sure all the zoo animals are safe and secure for the night. He and his wife are in for a surprise when he gets home, crawls into bed, turns out the light, and bids his final “good night.” Find out what these animals are up to. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

Take a “picture walk” through the book. Look at the pictures and name the zoo animals. You can ask your child questions as you do this, such as:

  1. Have you ever been to the zoo?
  2. What do you think happens at the zoo once everyone goes home?
  3. If you could have any animal from the zoo as a pet, which one would it be?


  1. Talk about each animal. Ask questions to describe the animals. Maybe your child will make their sounds.
  2. Can you predict what the zookeeper will say to the next animal?
  3. Can you find the banana in the picture? The balloon?


Try to connect this book to your child’s life and experiences.

  1. Use your child’s favorite stuffed animals, dolls, toys, etc. Say “Goodnight, dog,” “Goodnight, teddy.” Put each in a wagon or basket, then have the child pull them out and say “Goodnight ________” for each one.
  2. Pick a favorite animal from the book and look for it in different places — on tv, in other books or magazines, on food packages, etc.

Compliments of: Rasmuson Foundation
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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