On of my all-time favorite things to do with my kids (now and always) has been reading sweet stories before bed. It’s just something Bill and I have always loved. There’s something so simple, so loving, and so cozy about it. It’s just the best family time I can really think of. As a result, I am always on the lookout for great new stories to share with Caleb!!
One of my absolute favorite books right now are the Nurturing Steps books from Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki. These are just wonderful book, with lovely artwork and great stories. It’s a real favorite for Caleb, too, so how can I argure with that??
The Nurturing Steps Series
Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy® Award winning artist Michael W. Smith launches Nurturing Steps™, a new infant and toddler series with a simple mission to provide parents and grandparents with music and books to enliven a young child’s journey with hope and faith through song and storytelling. The first new album, Lullaby, and book, Nighty Night and Good Night, from Nurturing Steps released on May 4th and May 8th, 2018.
Nighty Night and Good Night is the first book in a series of bedtime books by multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning recording artist Michael W. Smith and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki. In Nighty Night and Good Night, the stuffed animal band the Nighty Nights are called upon to help their friend Ben try to fall to sleep. This cute and sleepy adventure leads Lamby, Bear, and Sleepy Puppy to discover that a classic lullaby might just do the trick.
These projects also mark the first-ever children’s album and book by Michael, each crafted in collaboration with renowned VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki.
Book 1, Nighty Night and Good Night, and Book 2, Let’s Get Ready for Bed, are in stores now! The books are published by Zonderkidz and recommended for ages 0 – 4.
The Creators of the Series
Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith is a successful recording artist who has recorded more than 25 albums and had numerous hit radio songs in the Christian and General markets. He’s won numerous Grammy and Dove Awards and is the founder of Rocketown. Rocketown is an outreach to teenagers in a 38,000 square-foot facility in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. He is involved in mission work around the world. Michael has also written several best-selling books, including Old Enough to Know and Friends Are Friends Forever. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children and live in Nashville.
Mike Nawrocki, co-creator of VeggieTales and the voice of the beloved Larry The Cucumber, has been part of the pulse of the Veggie brand since its inception in 1993. He has created, written, and directed most of the popular “Silly Songs with Larry” segments, including fan favorites “His Cheeseburger” and “The Hairbrush Song.” He has also lent his screenwriting and directing talents to dozens of VeggieTales episodes such as “Madame Blueberry and The League of Incredible Vegetables,” as well as both of the properties’ theatrical release films, Jonah and The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.
In addition, Mike has authored a number of VeggieTales books and CD projects as well as developing and writing for another of Big Idea’s hit animated properties, 3-2-1 Penguins. Mike is currently focused on developing new children’s properties centered around fun characters, engaging storytelling, and wholesome values. Mike makes his home in Franklin, TN with his wife and two children.
Watch the Video
Check out this great video with Michael and Mike. It all give you a little bit more insight and background into the book series.
Giveaway Time After Bedtime
You know I love my giveaways!!!! I’m so happy to be able to share these amazing books with someone!!1 One (1) winner will receive the following:
- Copies of both Nurturing Steps books,
- plus a $50 Ticketmaster gift card to put towards a concert! (See here if Michael W. Smith is coming near you!)
Find Out More About the Series
- Visit NurturingSteps.com
- Follow Michael W. Smith on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- Follow Zonderkidz on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
- Search #NurturingSteps | #LetsGetReadyforBed | #NightyNights
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