New Children’s Book Celebrates Los Alamos

The cover of Goodnight, Los Alamos. Courtesy image

The Bandelier scene in Goodnight, Los Alamos. Courtesy image


  • Local moms Whitney Spivey and Brenda Fleming write and illustrate Goodnight, Los Alamos, available Oct. 21

When first-time mom Whitney Spivey had twin daughters in March 2017, she struggled to find a Los Alamos-themed book to read to them before bed. So, she wrote one. In Goodnight, Los Alamos, two little girls say goodnight to 26 notable places and things around Los Alamos.

It starts like this:

The sun has moved from east to west,

over the Jemez it now rests.

The brilliant display of yellow and red

lets us know it’s time for bed.


Books are important learning tools for young children,” Spivey said. “Via Goodnight, Los Alamos, kids can say goodnight to—and simultaneously learn about—places such as Bandelier National Monument, historic Fuller Lodge, our majestic natural arch, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.”


The book is illustrated by Los Alamos-native Brenda Fleming, who used digital charcoal and digital watercolor to bring Los Alamos to life.


My goal with this project was to depict Los Alamos as the beautiful, historic, and lively place it is,” Fleming said. “I wanted the illustrations in this book to reflect the diverse natural beauty around us, as well as the rich culture and strong community we have.”


Author Whitney Spivey


Spivey and Fleming will embark on an “around-town” book tour, during which they will read, sign and sell books.


The schedule is as follows:

  • 2 p.m Sunday, Oct. 21 at Los Alamos Cooperative Market;
  • 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at ProjectY; and
  • 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Rose Chocolatier.


To schedule a stop at your business or organization, contact Spivey at 573.864.4126 or


Books are hardcover, 36 pages, and cost $20. In addition to being for sale on the book tour, books also will be available at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), and other local businesses. Follow Goodnight, Los Alamos on Instagram @goodnightlosalamos for details and updates.


Illustrator Brenda Fleming


Praise for Goodnight, Los Alamos:


“Goodnight, Los Alamos is a fun tribute to living and playing in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Through thoughtful words and beautiful illustration by two local residents, the book cleverly highlights the history and special places that children and their families can explore in the town we all love.”  —Lauren McDaniel, director, Los Alamos MainStreet


Goodnight, Los Alamos leads you on a beautiful path through the town’s history and culture,  invoking warm memories for locals and inspiring others to seek after the rich treasure of community.” —Carie Fanning, executive director, Family Strengths Network


“I loved this book. It is super fun for little ones to read about things to do in Los Alamos and then go do those things. I should say that my favorite part is the co-op page, but my favorite part is actually the illustration of the two snow hearts on the Sangre de Cristo mountains—I didn’t think anyone else knew about those.” —Tim Morrison, general manager, Los Alamos Cooperative Market


Places featured in Goodnight, Los Alamos:


Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge, Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos History Museum, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos farmers market, Ashley Pond, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Walkup Aquatic Center, Los Alamos Nature Center, Los Alamos reservoir, Omega Bridge, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Ice Rink, Pajarito Ski Area, Valles Caldera National Preserve, and more.