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Discover our New Books!

Discover our new books

It hasn’t been an easy start to the new year by any means, but thank goodness for good books! We have a fantastic selection of new children’s books to inspire, educate and entertain those little ones learning at home.  For those adults looking for a way out of the lock down slump, we have two inspirational titles out this month that are just perfect: Stuck in the Mud? by John Prockter and When Faith Gets Shaken by Patrick Regan and Liza Hoeksma.

Check out all our fabulous new books below! 

New Children’s Books

1. The Lion Easy-read Bible First Words by Jamie Smith and Deborah Lock

Take first steps to reading a Bible! 

  • For children just starting to learn their words
  • This book of simple Bible stories helps entourage faith and literacy
  • Kids will find Bible stories that really speak to them

Bible stories retold very simply, perfect for beginner readers, starting to learn to read. Uses first words, with plenty of repetition, in clear, simple sentences. Bright and delightful pictures provide clues to support the words. Toddlers can join in with names in bold and first readers can build their reading confidence with familiar Bible stories. 

An ideal children’s bible to read along and then read alone, before progressing onto the Lion Easy-read Bible for more confident readers.

My Very First Big Bible Stories

2. Noah and the Ark by Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe

Noah and the Ark by Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe
Noah and the Ark
Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe

This BIG book is ideal for shared reading.

  • Want a colourful way to share God’s word with 3-5s?
  • This bright Bible story is told in a way that is memorable and engaging
  • Part of bestselling My Very First BIG Bible Stories series, this book is the ideal story time resource

Derived from the award-winning My Very First Bible, this enduring Bible story of Noah and the Ark is presented in simple words and illustrated with child-friendly paper collage illustrations. 

Notes are included for parents and teachers putting the story in context and giving ideas for discussion. The story is written in full on the back cover to help show the illustrations at the same time as reading to a large group.

3. The Easter Story by Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe

This BIG book is ideal for shared reading.

  • An Easter story for pre-schoolers
  • This large edition is made for shared reading times together
  • A simple way to share the message of Easter

Derived from the award-winning My Very First Bible, this well-known Bible story is presented in simple words and illustrated with child-friendly paper collage illustrations. 

Notes are included for parents and teachers putting the story in context and giving ideas for discussion. The story is written in full on the back cover to help show the illustrations at the same time as reading to a large group.

Lion Hudson Best Children's Bibles

4. My Very Own Bible by Lois Rock and Carolyn Cox

My Very Own Bible
My Very Own Bible
Lois Rock and Carolyn Cox

A new gift edition of a much-loved Bible for young children. This handy Bible retells 37 great stories of the Bible for young readers aged 5-7. 

Carolyn Cox’s lively and vibrant illustrations received widespread acclaim when they first appeared in The Lion Children’s Bible and My Own Book of Bible Stories. These have been refreshed for a new generation of young readers, appearing warm and brighter than ever. 

Perfect to use for sharing with children or at bedtime, and ideal as a treasured gift for a special occasion such as birthday, baptism and first communion.

The gift edition is white leather with gold foil and a debossed illustration.

Also available in a new hardback version here!

5. My Very Own Bible and Prayers by Carolyn Cox and Lois Rock

 

A treasured combination of the much-loved My Very Own Bible and the companion prayer book My Very Own Book of Prayers.

The Bible retells 37 great stories of the Bible and the prayers are packed full of words of reflection especially for young readers. The prayers are selected and written with care to reflect the world and the concerns of children aged 5-7. They comprise of a mixture of familiar, traditional material, new prayers and blessings and paraphrases of some Bible prayers. Carolyn Cox’s lively and vibrant illustrations received widespread acclaim when they first appeared in The Lion Children’s Bible and My Own Book of Bible Stories, and complement the prayers reflecting the mood and content of each subject. These have been refreshed for a new generation of young readers, appearing warm and brighter than ever.

A perfect gift for a special occasion or to use for sharing with children or at bedtime.

6. Alive Again! The Easter Story by Raffaella Ligi and Sarah J. Dodd

Alive Again!
Alive Again! The Easter Story
Raffaella Ligi and Sarah J. Dodd

Bring the story of Easter to life!

  • An Easter story for ages 4-6
  • Alive Again! is an engaging and simple retelling of the Easter story
  • A great introduction to what Easter is all about

Join the crowds waving palm branches, the disciples at the last supper, and the women on that first Easter morning.

An engaging retelling of the first Easter, with bright and appealing pictures that bring the powerful scenes to life.

Ideal for reading aloud, sharing the events of the Easter story with children aged 4-6.

Crackle and Pop Bible Science Experiments Hanna Holwerda

7. Crackle and Pop! Bible Science Experiments by Hanna Holwerda

 

Crackle and Pop
Crackle and Pop!
Hanna Holwerda

Create an explosion after reading a Bible story!

Discover a fun, practical way to encourage children to engage with the Bible and the good news of Jesus with more than 100 lively science and technology activities. For each experiment there are clear explanations, questions to think about, extra information as well as details of the related stories from the Bible to make memorable connections. 

The experiments are suitable to do at home, at school, at a party, or in a church group. Useful tips help to make the activities easy and safe to set up with everyday materials and equipment.

New Children’s Packs

8. Would You Like to Know The Bible (pack of 10) by Eira Reeves

From the popular Would You Like to Know? series, this little paperback book explains to children what the Bible is and why it is so important, in a way that is easy to understand.

The illustrations show children with the Bible and help the reader to relate to the concepts in the book. The book includes a presentation page and it makes a fantastic little gift or award.

9. Would you like to know How to Pray by Eira Reeves

From the popular Would You Like to Know? series, this little paperback book explains to children the importance of talking to God, and gently encourages them to start on their own journey of prayer.

Includes a presentation page and makes a fantastic little gift or award.



10. The Easter Story by Juliet David and Jo Parry

The Easter Story by Juliet David and Jo Parry
The Easter Story
Juliet David and Jo Parry

Richly illustrated by Candle Bible for Kids artist Jo Parry, The Easter Story helps children discover one of the most important stories of all time.

Through clear and simple text, children come to understand the events leading up to Jesus’ death and the astonishing miracle of his resurrection. Introduces children to the reason we celebrate this special day, and shares with them the wonderful gift of God’s Good News.

11. Easter Story Sticker Book by Alex Ayliffe and Lois Rock

Easter Story Sticker Book by Alex Ayliffe and Lois Rock
Easter Story Sticker Book
Alex Ayliffe and Lois Rock

Alex Ayliffe’s bright, colourful characters feature as stickers in this story and activity book.

The book contains a retelling of the Easter story, with spaces left for children to fill with the appropriate sticker to complete the story. Accompanying the retelling are extra activities about what can be found on the page – counting, naming, identifying – for which extra stickers are supplied. The stickers come on a double page spread in the centre of the book, and are grouped and numbered according to activity to make it easy to select the right sticker to complete the task.

New Adult Books

12. When Faith Gets Shaken by Patrick Regan OBE and Liza Hoeksma

When Faith Gets Shaken Second Edition Patrick Regan OBE and Liza Hoeksma
When Faith Gets Shaken
Patrick Regan and Liza Hoeksma

What do you do when life falls apart, and it feels as if God has left you? How do you keep going when your faith is rocked to the core? Sometimes things get so hard we’re not sure where God is – or what he’s up to. 

For Patrick there was pain, illness, and loss in his family and community. Then a series of excruciating operations took him to the brink physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

Writing during his journey of recovery, Patrick explores how we find God in times of suffering. He wrestles with how we can know God’s peace when life is anything but peaceful, what the true nature of courage is, how we allow ourselves the grace to rest when we’re running on empty, and how we can stay fully present in the moment – all so we can ultimately grasp the love of God at a deeper level.

Stuck in the Mud? Stories of Hope for When You're Stuck

13. Stuck in the Mud? Stories of Hope for When You’re Stuck by John Prockter

Stuck in the Mud? Stories of Hope for When You're Stuck by John Prockter
Stuck In The Mud?
John Prockter

At times of difficulty or transition we can often feel unable to move forward.

Framed around twelve real-life sticking points in John Prockter’s life, this book offers us hope in a faithful God and a pathway through difficult times. John encourages us to engage with Scripture in a new and inspiring way, allowing Jesus to bring the freedom we all need to live our lives authentically. 

Frank yet approachable, Stuck in the Mud? is an ideal guide for those wanting to engage in the ups and downs of discipleship.

14. Christian Art by Michelle P. Brown

Christian Art by Michelle P. Brown
Christian Art
Michelle P. Brown

Explore the rich history and influence of Christian art from Antiquity to the present day.

• Comprehensive and authoritative text from the Early Christian period to the modern day
• Wide international coverage
• Features articles on special subjects by a team of experts from around the world

Michelle P. Brown traces the rich history of Christian art, crossing boundaries to explore how art has reflected and stimulated a response to the teachings of Christ, and to Christian thought and experience across the ages.

Embracing much of the history of art in the West and parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia, Michelle considers art of the earliest Christians to the modern day.

 

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Our Top Ten Bestselling Christian Devotionals

Lion Hudson Top Ten Bestselling Christian Devotionals

Faith is daily journey of discovery and devotionals are a wonderful way to help you explore and enjoy your relationship with God. Devotionals can be the perfect way to start or end your day, and can provide tips and inspiration on how to live a happy and healthy life. Here are our top ten devotionals, old favourites and sure to be new ones, that you can buy today!

1. Reflect with Sheridan by Sheridan Voysey

 

Author and broadcaster Sheridan Voysey draws on both personal experience and Christian faith to explore the greater meaning to be found in the world around us. Reflecting on the themes of Joy, Wonder, Meaning, Belonging, Compassion, Callings, Seasons, Change, and Hope, this uplifting, thoughtful, and affirming gift book will inspire readers of all ages and life stages. 

Beautifully designed throughout, this book will help you create a pause in your day, whether in the quiet early hours, as the night falls, or somewhere in between— a moment to stop and reflect on the things that matter.

Read our Reflect with Sheridan blog post here.

Watch Sheridan discuss below one of his inspiring themes in Reflect with Sheridan – Why Beauty Leaves Us Breathless


 

2. Pylon People by Cath Woolridge

Pylon People 40 Days of Art and Meditations to Empower Your Spirit by Cath Woolridge
Pylon People
Cath Woolridge

“I found this book to be beautifully expressed in artwork as well as Scripture and if you are looking for someone to help take you on a journey of growth, this book will not disappoint.” Christy Wimber

Pylon People is a creative Christian journal featuring contemporary illustrations in full colour. A beautifully illustrated and unique devotional that directly addresses our powered-up days and powerless days, our seasons of sunshine and of rain. Woolridge shares her vision of us as “Pylon People,” standing with our arms outstretched to receive and share the power of God’s Spirit.

Pylon People is a brilliant collection of inspiring poems, images and Bible reflections that will empower your spirit.

Come and join the Pylon Pilgrimage by connecting and moving forward in the next 40 days.

 

3. Fresh From the Word 2021 the Bible for a change by Nathan Eddy

Fresh From The Word: The Bible for a Change 2021 will inspire your Bible reading in a time of change.

Fresh From The Word 2021 invites you to the discipline of daily Bible reading with readers around the world. Bringing together theologians, scholars, creative writers, church leaders, and activists from around the world, Fresh From The Word 2021 offers notes, prayers, and further thought suggestions for every day of the year.

With a wide range of contributors from Buenos Aires-based liturgist and activist Dafne Sabanes Plou discussing the mercy of God, to prison chaplain and Pentecostal pastor Deseta Davis ruminating on God and prison life, there’s bound to be a passage that will inspire you.

The perfect devotional gift for the new year!

4. Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers by Stephen Poxon

Stephen Poxon invites us into a closer relationship with God in this daily devotional exploring the faith of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Part of the inspiring Through the Year With series.

The year 2020 witnesses the 400th anniversary of the voyage made by the Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed from England to America on board the Mayflower. This epic excursion signalled one of the most significant episodes in Christian history, making as it did an enormous impact on the trajectory of Christianity in the USA. Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers is a commemorative edition featuring excerpts relating to that event. It is a story of faith, adventure and courage.

Each excerpt is married to a verse of Scripture and a prayer, providing 365 daily readings telling the story of great exploits in God’s service.

5. Through the Year with John Newton by Stephen Poxon

365 daily readings inspired by the works of John Newton, author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

Part of the inspiring Through the Year With series.

The Christian life of John Newton was remarkable: from a childhood marked by the tragic death of his mother and the estrangement of his father, to a ministry as a hugely influential Anglican cleric. Known worldwide as the author of Amazing Grace, it would be nonetheless remiss to focus on this one achievement at the expense of the many.

Through the Year With John Newton seeks to delve into the character and Christian compassion of John Newton, taking the reader through daily reflections based upon his works, carrying the spirit of Newton into the modern age.

6. More Than Words by Hannah Dunnett

Part meditation, part scripture, all visually beautiful; this collection of images painted by Hannah Dunnett explores how we can reflect on God’s word through imagery, as well as words.

Hannah Dunnett’s beautiful artwork, interweaving Bible verses and images, has inspired many people. From sailing boats bobbing on the river to majestic trees and soaring mountains, Hannah paints pictures that help us understand scripture and reflect on God’s word in a fresh way.

Hannah has chosen twenty-four of her favourite pictures and tells the story behind each one. As she draws out key verses and their meaning and offers questions to reflect on, readers will gain new insight and understanding. This beautiful collection of beloved artwork is divided into four sections: The Wondrous Cross, Father God, Teach me Your Ways, and Let Your Light Shine, and will take individual readers, or small groups, on a journey further towards the heart of God.

7. #Niteblessings by Malcolm Duncan


One of Lion Hudson’s most popular devotionals, #Niteblessings by Reverend Malcolm Duncan invites you to encounter God at the end of the day.

#Niteblessings contains a few lines for each day of the year and it’s the perfect size to just flick through and find encouragement for how you are feeling that day. Each blessing draws you into to His presence, releasing you from the pressures of the day into engagement with the Holy Spirit.

Simple yet profound, moving and delightful, each of Reverend Duncan’s messages will renew and encourage you on your walk with God.

8. More #Niteblessings by Malcolm Duncan

More #Niteblessings is the much anticipated sequel to Reverend Malcolm Duncan’s hugely popular #Niteblessings.

More #Niteblessings continues to invite you to encounter God at the end of the day. There are a few lines for each day of the year and it’s the perfect size to just flick through and find encouragement for how you are feeling that day. Each blessing draws you closer into His presence, releasing you from the pressures of the day into engagement with the Holy Spirit.

Simple yet profound, moving and insightful, each of the Reverend Duncan’s blessings will renew and encourage you on your walk with God.

9. God Moments for Busy People by Jennifer Rees Larcombe

A book of short devotionals for busy people, these readings will help you set aside just a few moments for prayer and reflection. 

A collection of reflections and prayers that celebrate the “God moments” that populate every day. This small and beautiful book will allow even the busiest of people to find respite, to reflect, to be encouraged, and lead into the presence of God. Jennifer Rees Larcombe blends observation and insight in these delightful and uplifting reflections.

The perfect devotional to bring rest and peace at the end of a busy day.

10. Then Sings My Soul by Pam Rhodes

BBC’s Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes reflects on her forty favourite hymns in Then Sings My Soul.

Pam is a passionate advocate for our heritage of splendid hymns. Hymns, she explains, help us respond to God: they are “prayers in our pockets”. With her warm personal touch she describes how these hymns came to be written, and considers the perceptions they contain. Each reflection concludes with a short prayer.

Then Sings My Soul is a treasury of fascinating detail, but it is also a source of devotion: as you consider each hymn and the story behind it you will be drawn into worship.

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Our Best Children’s Christmas Books!

Our Best Children's Christmas Books

We’ve begun our advent countdown here at Lion Hudson and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Are you seeking the perfect Christmas gift for your grandchild, young son or daughter, or baby? Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a book to teach your child about the true story of Christmas? Look no further! From beautifully illustrated picture books to interactive activity books, we have the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas!

We’ve only been able to choose a few of our Christmas books below, so be sure to take a look at all of our wonderful Children’s Christmas titles here.

Happy browsing!

The Gift of Christmas by Mary Joslin

The Gift of Christmas The Boy Who Blessed the World by Mary Joslin
The Gift of Christmas Mary Joslin
  • For children age 3-6
  • This beautifully illustrated book shares the story of the nativity
  • Children will delight in the good news of Christmas

This charming picture book with delightful illustrations will captivate young children with the story of the very first Christmas.

Share the story at the heart of Christmas in this beautifully illustrated retelling – the story of Mary and Joseph, shepherds and angels, wise men following a star, a humble stable, and a special newborn baby cradled in a manger.

The Jesse Tree: An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock

The Jesse Tree An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
The Jesse Tree
Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
  • An Advent activity book for children
  • This activity book offers children a unique approach to remember the family tree of Jesus
  • A memorable way to count down the days until Christmas

Learn all about the family tree of Jesus with this interactive activity book to celebrate Advent!

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree of Jesus, introducing children to people of the Bible through the Old Testament in anticipation for his coming. Decorate a tree branch or Christmas tree with 24 easy-to-make symbols and read short stories about who each symbol represents. Templates for the symbols and Bible references are provided along with a message about the meaning of each symbol.

Create an Advent calendar with a difference for children and all the family to enjoy.

Watch Richard Littledale talk about The Jesse Tree below.

The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean and Bee Willey

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean
  • For children aged 7-9
  • This beautiful storybook features a sensitive story about the transforming power of love
  • Children will be captivated by this stunning book

A story told with engaging clarity and skill, The Jesse Tree is a story of creation, faith, and sharing God’s word. Now available in a new paperback edition.

The inspiration for this book was the tradition of carved Jesse trees and stained glass windows used in medieval times to tell people Bible stories. Using her skills as a storyteller and her love of the Bible, Geraldine has written a compelling story about the creation of a modern-day Jesse tree. She weaves evocative retellings of selected Bible stories with a sensitive contemporary story about the transforming power of love.

The Newborn King by Sarah J. Dodd, Raffaella Ligi

The Newborn King by Sarah J. Dodd and Raffaella Ligi
The Newborn King
Sarah J. Dodd, Raffaella Ligi
  • For children aged 3-5
  • An engaging retelling of the first Christmas
  • A great stocking stuffer or Sunday school gift

Sincere retelling of the Nativity, beautifully illustrated in Alison Jay’s unique style, bursting with new details to share.

In this book see the story of the birth of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Nativity. There are many intriguing people, animals and landscapes to look at along the way, bursting with new details to find with a young child, as you share the story of that special night.

Baby Jesus by Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe

Baby Jesus Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe
Baby Jesus
Lois Rock and Alex Ayliffe
  • For children aged 2-4
  • This BIG book is ideal for shared reading.

Derived from the award-winning My Very First Bible, this well-known Bible story is presented in simple words and illustrated with child-friendly paper collage illustrations.

Notes are included for parents and teachers putting the story in context and giving ideas for discussion. The story is written in full on the back cover to help show the illustrations at the same time as reading to a large group.

How to Draw Nativity: Step-by-Step with Steve Smallman by Steve Smallman

  • For children aged 6-9
  • A fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Bible characters and animals from the nativity story
  • Includes a handy sketch pad so children can draw their own nativity scenes

Have fun with this fantastic step-by-step guide to drawing Bible characters and animals from the nativity story. Based on expert illustrator Steve Smallman’s drawing workshops, it is fully illustrated and comes with a handy sketch pad to draw your own!

The Lion Nativity Colouring Book by Antonia Jackson and Felicity French

The Lion Nativity Colouring Book by Antonia Jackson and Felicity French
The Lion Nativity Colouring Book
Antonia Jackson and Felicity French
  • For children aged 7-9
  • This colouring book is intricate and inspiring
  • The nativity is presented in beautiful images to be coloured in

Bring the nativity to life and colour with this delicate and detailed colouring book of the most important birth ever.

Join the colouring craze and add a splash of colour to the story of Christmas with these beautiful and intricate black and white line drawings, just waiting for your creative input! Follow the Nativity scene by scene until you have a stunning masterpiece – your own personalised picture book.

Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do by Christina Goodings

Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do Christina Goodings
Christmas! Fun Things to Make and Do
Christina Goodings
  • For children aged 5-7
  • Prepare for Christmas and keep children occupied in the holidays with 50 fun crafts!

Why just read the Christmas story when you can make it?

Gather up the glue, collect your cardboard, pick up your pens and pencils, secure you safety scissors, and get making!

With 50 different activities and crafts you can make in the run up to the Christmas period, including decorations, scenes from the Nativity story, Christmas cards and many more, you have have the most hands-on Christmas ever!

Simply laid out with illustrated, step-by-step instructions for every craft that children from ages 5 upwards will love to make, and stick, and colour with.

For more wonderful children’s Christmas books and activities, check out all our Children’s Christmas titles here.

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Celebrate Advent with The Jesse Tree

Celebrate Advent with The Jesse Tree

It’s the first day of Advent and what better way to journey through Advent than with two of our inspirational books that celebrate the Jesse Tree!

Learn all about the family tree of Jesus with The Jesse Tree: An Advent Activity Book, and create an Advent calendar with a difference for children and all the family to enjoy.

We also have Geraldine McCaughrean’s The Jesse Tree, an evocative retelling of selected Bible stories with a sensitive contemporary story about the transforming power of love.

The Jesse Tree: An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock

The Jesse Tree An Advent Activity Book by Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
The Jesse Tree
Richard Littledale and Deborah Lock
  • An Advent activity book for children
  • This activity book offers children a unique approach to remember the family tree of Jesus
  • A memorable way to count down the days until Christmas

Learn all about the family tree of Jesus with this interactive activity book to celebrate Advent!

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree of Jesus, introducing children to people of the Bible through the Old Testament in anticipation for his coming. Decorate a tree branch or Christmas tree with 24 easy-to-make symbols and read short stories about who each symbol represents. Templates for the symbols and Bible references are provided along with a message about the meaning of each symbol.

Create an Advent calendar with a difference for children and all the family to enjoy.

Watch Richard Littledale talk about The Jesse Tree below.

The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean and Bee Willey

The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Jesse Tree
Geraldine McCaughrean
  • For 7-9s
  • This beautiful storybook features a sensitive story about the transforming power of love
  • Children will be captivated by this stunning book

A story told with engaging clarity and skill, The Jesse Tree is a story of creation, faith, and sharing God’s word. Now available in a new paperback edition.

The inspiration for this book was the tradition of carved Jesse trees and stained glass windows used in medieval times to tell people Bible stories. Using her skills as a storyteller and her love of the Bible, Geraldine has written a compelling story about the creation of a modern-day Jesse tree. She weaves evocative retellings of selected Bible stories with a sensitive contemporary story about the transforming power of love.

For more wonderful children’s Christmas books and activities, check out Our Best Children’s Christmas Books blog post here.