“Goodnight to my kitty, sleeping on the rug.

Goodnight to my doggy. Here’s a nice big hug.”

A little boy says a thankful good night to all the precious things in his life in award-winning author Melody Carson’s GOODNIGHT, ANGELS (Zonderkidz; $15.99; December 2011).
From his playful dog to his fluffy teddy bear and even to his toothbrush, the little boy takes the time to acknowledge everyone and everything in his life that gives him joy throughout the day.
Carlson’s simple yet heartfelt story teaches young readers the importance of celebrating all the blessings in their lives as they get ready for their bedtime prayer. GOODNIGHT, ANGELS gently draws children to sleep as it reminds them that God is watching over them.

English illustrator Sophie Allsopp teams with Carlson who tells this tale in soothing rhyme. Allsopp’s signature watercolor illustrations add a whimsical element to Carlson’s lyrical text. Together they create a sweet lullaby for children and parents.

GOODNIGHT, ANGELS is the perfect bedtime story for children ages 4-7. Parents will enjoy reading it to their children as they reflect on a day filled with many things for which to be thankful.

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. She is an acclaimed children’s author and a 1999 CBA Gold Medallion winner for children’s books. Having sold over one million books, her books have consistently been in the top twenty books on the EPCA best-sellers list. She lives in Oregon. MelodyCarlson.com


Sophie Allsopp grew up in a small English village and Hong Kong. She earned an illustration degree in the UK and later set up her own illustration business. Her endless creativity also extends to jewelry design, dress-making and needle felting. She lives in the south east of England with her husband and son. sva-illustrator.co.uk


Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it produces bestselling and award-winningBibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video and digitalproducts that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of theNIrV(New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of theNIVthat is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at Zonderkidz.com.

Zondervan, aHarperCollinscompany headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a world leader in Christian communications and the leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources authored by influential leaders and emerging voices, and has been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher.

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About The Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. "I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction," she says. Her wide variety of books seems to prove this theory.