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Q&A with Sarah J. Dodd author of Beyond the Setting Sun

Beyond the Setting Sun

This month we’re publishing Sarah J. Dodd‘s beautiful new picture book, Beyond the Setting Sun, that explores grief and loss— available to preorder today here today! Beyond the Setting Sun is a picture story book about bereavement to support young children, specifically those who have lost a parent. Sarah J. Dodd carefully researched the stages of grief for young children and sensitively portrays this in the response and actions of Ekundayo, a young elephant grieving his mothers death. Ekundayo’s story helps children express and share how they are feeling with those around them.

Many of you will know Sarah J. Dodd as the author of some of your favorite picture books — Just Like You, Legs, Alive Again, and The Lion Picture Bible. And we are thrilled to chat with Sarah about her new book, Beyond the Setting Sun, and how it can help both children and adults during the difficult bereavement process. Scroll down to read the full interview.

What inspired you to write Beyond the Setting Sun?

When Lion invited me to have a go at writing a book for children about grief, I drew on my own experiences of bereavement. Although this is something that happens to many people of all ages, it is probably the single greatest upheaval we can experience in life. I wanted to write a book that would show children that there can be hope and love throughout the process of grieving and beyond.

What does the title mean?

I am fortunate enough to live in a place with incredible sunsets over the mountains and the sea, and I always find them hugely inspiring and hopeful. They make me ponder spiritual things.  I imagined an animal might look at a sunset and wonder what lies beyond, which is a question we humans often ask ourselves about death, isn’t it? What is it like? Is there anything more? As a Christian, I have clear and positive views about this, but I wanted to write something that would give hope to everyone, regardless of their beliefs. And the beautiful thing about a sunset is that we know it’s not the end of the light, just a period of darkness before everything starts again. In the book, Momma is very positive when she sings that she would one day like go beyond the setting sun, and I wanted to foster an environment where children feel safe to ask their questions in a similarly positive way.

What do you hope children will learn and feel after reading the book?

Firstly, I hope their experience of reading the book – or having it read to them – with a comforting adult presence will be a positive thing in the midst of a time of loss. I also hope they will see that it’s normal to have different reactions such as feeling angry, feeling lost or crying a lot. Through the pages of the story, they see Ekundayo attending Momma’s funeral, which will help them to understand that this is a healthy way for everyone to come together and say goodbye. The characters in the book all fondly remember and repeat Momma’s songs, so hopefully it will encourage children to remember lots of lovely things that were unique to the person (or pet) they have lost.

Most of all, I hope they will feel loved and strengthened. I have no doubt the book will bring tears, but they will see that Ekundayo cries a lot too, and that afterwards he sees the sun and the bright flowers and is able to see that not everything is lost.

What did you learn when writing the book?

I did quite a lot of research into the stages of grief that children go through – things like not really understanding what is going on, having tantrums, going through a phase of searching for the person who has died etc.  One of the things that really struck me was that adults are advised to be clear about what has happened, not using phrases such as ‘fallen asleep’ or ‘passed on.’  Apparently this can leave a child thinking that the person really is asleep and will wake up again, or that they have left and might come back. That’s why, in Beyond the Setting Sun, Aunt Jamila corrects herself. She first says that Momma has gone beyond the setting sun because that’s how the elephants talk about death, but Ekundayo can clearly see her lying beneath her favourite tree. So Aunt Jamila tells him she has died.  This can feel like a very blunt statement, especially when reading it aloud, but bereavement experts agree it is important to state this.

I also took a while to choose a name for the baby elephant, settling on Ekundayo because (as far as I understand it from Internet searches!) it’s a name that can be used for both boys and girls, and it means ‘From Sorrow to Joy.’ Using an animal character makes the story universal, in that it’s not about a boy or a girl or a person from any particular culture. Everyone can identify with Ekundayo.

How was it working with Cee Biscoe and bringing your story to life through her drawings?

I have never had the privilege to meet Cee, but her illustrations are what really brings the story to life. When I write a picture book text I usually have clear images in mind, so I jot down some suggestions but I never know how they will be interpreted. It was an absolute thrill, then, to see how Cee brought them to life in full colour. Her rich colours evoke not only the African setting but also the emotional changes throughout the story – the darkness of Ekundayo’s grief in the rain, and then the vibrant warmth of the flowers blooming around a full waterhole. She also captures his expressions perfectly, making him a living character. I am in awe of her talent and very grateful for her work.

Is this book only for children?

It was written very much with children in mind, but some adults who have read it say that they too have found it helpful. I am told that it has also been useful for older people with dementia, especially if they lost a parent when they were very young, at a time when they weren’t given the opportunity to ask the questions they wanted to. It does have a very emotional effect on people, but sadness is an appropriate, healthy response to grief. If all the books in the world were happy or funny, they wouldn’t represent the full range of normal human life. And that, after all, is what books do so well.

Beyond the setting sun

Beyond the Setting Sun

by Sarah J. Dodd and Cee Biscoe

The waterholes of the African Savannah have dried up and there has not been enough to drink for some of the animals. Ekundayo, a young elephant, struggles to understand the loss of his mother, but the support of his family help and guide him through. 

At the end, Debbie Duncan also provides helpful advice for parents and carers as consider how to talk about death and dying with young children.

Sarah J. Dodd

Sarah J. Dodd

Sarah J. Dodd grew up in the north of England and spent her time walking with her family, reading as many books as she could get her hands on, or dreaming about horses. Her first career was in Science, with a degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in Plant Ecology. Then she discovered her passion for working with children and became a primary school teacher. After living in Australia for a while, she returned to the UK and settled in Lancashire, where she still lives. When she became a full-time mum, she began to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an author, and her first book was published in 2008. A lover of mountains, maps and mysterious paths, she will try anything once and loves to get her hands and clothes dirty in the name of fun and adventure. She is the author of Beyond The Setting SunJust Like YouThe Lion Picture Bible and Legs.

Other picture books by Sarah J. Dodd:

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Q&A with Petra Crofton, author of Science Geek Christy and her Eco-Logbook

We chatted with children’s book author Petra Crofton about her brand new book Science Geek Christy and her Eco-Logbook — out this month!

Science Geek Christy and her Eco-Logbook

By Petra Crofton

Meet Christy a determined young girl, who is passionate about saving the planet.

Along with her boyfriend geeky Sam and best friend Amira and other school mates, they win a science competition and an opportunity to travel to Ecuador to write travel blogs. Excitement and anticipation for the trip is overshadowed by a HUGE dilemma for conscientious Christy. Can they get there in an eco-friendly way? Will she have to miss out on a trip of a lifetime to see the wildlife and experience the culture of Ecuador because of her principles? How best can she do her part to care for God’s creation? After finding a brilliant solution, once in Ecuador, Christy and her fellow adventurers discover the trip is not all that it seems! 

A gripping adventure for any child passionate about wildlife of the rainforest, endangered ecosystems and being a responsible eco-warrior.

What inspired you to write Science Geek Christy and her Eco-Logbook?

When I was adapting and translating the Dutch version of Science Geek Sam and his secret Logbook, I read each section to our two sons (then 8 and 10) at bedtime. As soon as we’d finished the book they said they wanted more, and asked if there was a sequel. As it happens, my two passions are ‘science & faith’ and ‘science & creation care’, so I began to write a story about Sam’s best friend Christy embarking on this huge eco-adventure.

What do you hope children will learn and feel after reading the book? Is there a specific message you’d like them to learn or think about?

I hope that it will inspire them to embrace science and explore the outdoors. And I hope that they have learned something about God and the Bible, especially our task to look after the world. I would be most thrilled, in a way, if they feel the book has allowed them to ‘escape’ into a fun and exciting adventure story.

Do you have a favourite character?

Probably Matteo. He’s one of Christy’s best friends: a funny, lively and impulsive boy, with a huge heart. His kindness is revealed at the end of the story, when he not only helps Christy, but also the children of the orphanage in Ecuador. But hopefully all characters are relatable and likeable.

What did you learn when writing the book?

So many things! Both about science and about writing! I had translated and adapted a few books, but writing one from scratch is a different story, so to say. But I loved the writing and jumped out of bed every morning when it was a ‘Christy day’. The drawing was fun too, but I had to work quite hard to get the characters right.

How much research into the rainforest, endangered ecosystems and being an eco-warrior did you do?

I knew quite a bit, as I studied and love biology and go into schools and the church and community to do wildlife workshops. I am a very curious person, a bit of a science geek I guess, so I read about science all the time. But I still learned a lot. I double checked all the facts and went down a rabbit hole each time I explored a new eco-topic. It was fascinating.

What can children do to make a positive impact on the environment?

First of all I would say: don’t lose heart and keep fighting for the planet. Work with others, as a team – at school, at home, at church. Secondly: Go out into nature and be amazed. You will be even more motivated to protect the environment. Learn about the world: biodiversity, the climate, people and also the problems the planet faces. Thirdly: Learn about where your food, clothes, toilet paper etc come from and see if you can make a difference by buying more eco-friendly alternatives. Be inspired by Christy and her family. Reuse and recycle where you can, and save money in the process. Refuse plastic and reduce food waste. Make your (school) garden more wildlife friendly… But: break it down and do it together! It’s a big task.

Fortunately, there are lots of positive things we can do. Switch your search engine to Ecosia, check out Climate Stewards and A Rocha… Ask your teacher if the school can become an Eco-school, ask your church leader if they can sign up for Eco-church. If you are a Christian, you can pray and ask God to help you find ways to protect his creation and bless your actions.

Please tell your teachers that from early 2022 they will be able to download a resource for schools and clubs about Christy’s 16 blog themes (www.wildandwonderful.uk). This fun and free resource will be filled with fabulous science and eco-activities. It ties in with the upper primary school curriculum, but can be used anywhere. The resource follows the book, but all themes/lessons are ‘standalone’ so teachers/leaders can pick and mix.

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A beautiful new bedtime prayer book for children: Bedtime Prayers

Looking for a delightful book of bedtime prayers for your children or grandchildren? Bedtime Prayers by Antonia Woodward is a charming bedtime prayer book for young children full of simple, easy to learn prayers to say before going to sleep. 

Bedtime prayers are a perfect opportunity to teach children a healthy habit of praying. There are many benefits for children saying bedtime prayers. Teaching children to pray before bedtime will help them develop a lifelong relationship with God. Children will also learn gratitude by expressing thankfulness and gratitude to God for the blessings in our lives. Reducing stress and anxiety by dedicating a few minutes to calmness and stillness. Building trust and faith with both God and the family as a whole. Bringing parents and children closer together by allowing children to feel they can be open and honest with their parent.

Bedtime Prayers, filled with rhythmic and simple to recite prayers and stunning illustrations, makes it easy to enjoy saying prayers together at night. Bedtime Prayers is a lovely book that can become part of a calming nighttime routine that your child will look forward to.

Bedtime Prayers

By Antonia Woodward

The collection includes prayers of praise and thanks for the day and the things they have, prayers about family and friends, for those who are ill and animals and pets, and blessings for those they love, for a safe night and a new day ahead. 

Delightful illustrations by Antonia Woodward make this prayer book perfect for a treasured moment to share with young children at the end of each day as part of a bedtime routine.

Meet the illustrator:

Antonia Woodward

Antonia Woodward

Antonia Woodward graduated in 2007 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in illustration and since then has illustrated for picture books, children’s magazines, wedding invitations, logo design, website design, and hand-lettered typography. She even designed the logo for her illustration agency! She is the illustrator of The Promised One, The Not -So-Very Lost Lamb, Noah and the Great Big Boat, The Extra Special Baby, and Special Baby Bible Stories.

Check out all of our children’s prayer books! Full list here.

More children’s prayer books here.

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The Lion Graphic Bible: An epic, comic-book retelling of the Bible for teenagers

‘Will undoubtedly attract thousands of children, boys in particular, who would otherwise never have touched the Good Book.’

The Sunday telegraph

We have a fantastic new edition of the popular and beautifully illustrated The Lion Graphic Bible .

The Lion Graphic Bible is a highly original interpretation of the Bible that is an ideal tool for reaching and engaging young people with the Bible and the message of the Gospel.

Illustrated and written in a dynamic graphic-novel style by illustrator Jeff Anderson, best known for his work on the Judge Dredd comic series, and author Mike Maddox.

Remaining true to the story of the Bible, The Lion Graphic Bible is a comprehensive retelling of the Old and New Testament, truly capturing the emotions and characters within the stories and making them engrossing. The Bible is a unique narrative of origins and cosmic powers; of the ageless battle between good and evil; of human potential and human treachery – the very stuff that graphic novels are made of. 

Successfully published for over 40 years, refreshed with new covers to reach the next generation of readers. Available in hardback here and paperback here.

The Lion Graphic Bible

The Lion Graphic Bible

By Jeff Anderson and Mike Maddox

  • For young teens
  • This graphic Bible comes from Marvel artist Jeff Anderson
  • An engaging and eye-catching take on the stories of the Bible
  • An ideal tool for reaching and engaging young people with the Bible and the message of the Gospel

What others are saying:

‘Jeff Anderson’s stunning pictures literally cover every page with glorious images, while Mike Maddox’s text successfully preserves the epic tone…’ 

The Guardian

Captures both the drama and the spirituality of the Bible in a way that more conventional retellings rarely manage.’ 

The Daily Telegraph

‘Superbly illustrated and comprehensive in its scope…’ 

Times Educational Supplement

‘Quite simply brilliant! … a powerful 256-page package which is sure to communicate well to this most visually-orientated generation.’

Youthworks

About the author and illustrator:

Mike Maddox

Mr Mike Maddox

Mike Maddox is a freelance writer. Apart from comics, Mike has written six Doctor Who audio adventures and won a New York Radio Award for his play “Mayflies,” which starred Derek Jacobi, and Jason Isaacs. Married with two children, Mike is currently preparing for life as a vicar’s spouse. He thought The Lion Graphic Bible might take six months. He still finds this funny.

Mr Jeff Anderson


Jeff Anderson is a leading graphic novel artist, best known for his work for Marvel on Transformers and on Judge Dredd. Illustrator of the Angouleme Prize winning Graphic Bible. Readers of Comic World voted him runner-up in the best artist category for his Legends of Larian books. He lives with his wife and five children in Durham, England and is a licenced Lay Reader.

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Share with Children the Power of Praying with Prayers around the World

Prayers Around The World

Prayer is such an important activity to share with children. It’s a beautiful, essential part of Christian life. Through prayer, children can openly speak to God about their gratitude, sorrows, fears, needs,  joys, or anything they want at all.  Prayer allows children to know God better and to see themselves as God’s children more clearly.

It’s essential that kids know how to pray, why they should pray, and who they are praying to. But starting out how to pray can be a daunting task. Discover with children that praying to God is just as natural as talking to a wonderful friend. That’s why we’re thrilled to publish this month Prayers Around The World by Deborah Lock and Helen Cann.

Prayers Around The World is more than a traditional prayer book. It introduces children to different countries and people groups in the world, sharing uplifting prayers that are inspired by places around the world. The prayers are intended to help children think of others and care for all that God’s created. And the book is beautiful. Don’t believe us? Check out the book’s beautiful spreads below. Children will love looking at the illustrations while they pray and can let their imagination soar. 

Prayers around the World

By Deborah Lock and Helen Cann

Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions. From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for his world.

Click below to see some gorgeous spreads!



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Children’s Prayer Books Age 0-5:

ABC Prayers by Myriam Baudic

ABC Prayers

By Myriam Baudic and Camille Bernard

ABC Prayers is the perfect children’s prayer book that helps establish a routine bedtime prayer time and provides a helpful starting point for children wondering what they can speak to God about.

A beautiful padded hardcover picture book featuring charming illustrations of a family of mice who play, share, forgive, and celebrate together, all the while wrapping around the letters of the alphabet throughout the prayer book. 

God Bless Me

God Bless Me

By Sophie Piper and Barbara Vagnozzi

Combining traditional childhood favourites with modern prayers and blessings, this brightly illustrated hardback prayer book is one that will be treasured by children as they grow.

Full of warmth, wit and wisdom, each of the 145 prayers is numbered and arranged thematically to give children words for reflecting on all aspects of their world.

Goodnight Prayers

Goodnight Prayers

A hardback book of sweet bedtime reflections to remind little children of God’s love and care all through the night.

Sweet illustrations of moons, stars, night-time creatures and child angels make this a sentimental treasure.

Children’s Prayer Books Age 5+ Years:

Prayers For All Seasons

Prayers For All Seasons

By Sophie Piper and Elena Temporin

This beautifully illustrated collection of prayers includes words for all through the year. The prayers in this book not only match the seasons: they speak in turn of hopefulness, joy, thanksgiving, reflection, and of God’s everlasting love.

Elena Temporin’s warm illustrations give this collection a friendly quality.

The Lion Book of Prayers to Keep for Ever

The Lion Book Of Prayers To Keep For Ever

by Dr Lois Rock and Sophie Allsopp

The matching prayer book to the award-winning and sophisticated Lion Bible to Keep For Ever.

Sophie Allsopp’s distinctive and atmospheric illustrations accompany a collection of carefully chosen contemporary and classic prayers that provide inspiration and reassurance. Presented in a hardback cover with silver decoration on the cover and foiling on the title.

Looking for more children’s prayer books? Check out all of children’s prayer books here.

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God Cares series: A Biblical approach to Children’s Mental Health and Well-being

God Cares

This month, we’re thrilled to publish three new books in the acclaimed God Cares series by Debbie Duncan: When Life is Tough, When Life is Unfair, and When I don’t Give Up.

The God Cares series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness. Children at different ages approach things differently in their stages of emotional development, so this series works at two different levels: illustrated Readers aimed at 5-7 year olds and Chapter books aimed at 8+ years. Please note that children progress at different reading abilities and stages of emotional development so the age ranges are only a guide for parents and carers.

The Bible stories are retold reflecting on emotions and encourages children to discuss and relate this within their situations. Sections at the back provide a reflective space for children and practical advice for parents and carers.

We hope these books will spark important conversations and help children learn how to understand their mental health and express their emotions.

Take a look at all our wonderful titles in the God Cares series below.


Illustrated Readers: 5-7 year olds

When I Don't Give Up

When I Don’t Give Up

Jesus and Zacchaeus

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus meeting with Zacchaeus. 

Zacchaeus is determined to seek out a way to see Jesus even though a towering and discouraging crowd is in his way. But God cares and Jesus calls him down from the tree to meet with him – a meeting that sets him on a new path of hope and encouragement. 

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their hopes and challenges, find support to persevere, and know that Jesus too finds a way to be with them.

When I am afraid

When I Am Afraid

Jesus Calms the Storm

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus’ friends being afraid in the storm even though Jesus was in the boat with them.

But God cares and Jesus woke up and told the storm to be still.

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their fears, when they are afraid, and that Jesus is always with them.

When I Am Strong

When I Am Strong

Friends in the Fire

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of three friends standing strong against bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue even though they would be thrown into a fire. But God cares and stood with them, helping them to have courage. 

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about situations when they need courage to face hard things, new situations and doing the right thing, and that God can help make us brave.

Chapter Books: 8 + year olds

When Life is Tough

When Life Is Tough

Paul and Other Stories

A chapter book retelling the story of Paul, who encountered many harsh and demoralising situations on his missionary journeys with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing constant reassurance and enabling Paul to stay hopeful. 

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about when their lives get tough and they feel rejected, providing the support they need to find ways through, including from God.

Ebook available here.

When I Feel Down

Jonah and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Jonah who felt down about his situation and tried to hide away. But God cares and never gave up on Jonah. God was always there to talk to and help him.

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about Jonah’s emotions and support available to them when they feel sad, including help from God.

When I am anxious

When I Am Anxious

Moses and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Moses, who felt anxious about being called to lead a nation out of Egypt. 

But God cares, providing constant reassurance and support through others around him. A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about when they feel uncertain, and the support they need to build their confidence, including help from God.

When Life Is Unfair

When Life is Unfair

Joseph and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and unfairly put into prison with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing guidance, support and hope through the situations. 

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about Joseph’s emotions and experiences, providing guidance for them when they feel life is unfair, including support from God.

Ebook available here.

What others are saying:

The feelings and responses of characters in the Bible are so helpful as we navigate our own obstacles and opportunities. These books will build emotional resilience and strong faith – and are great fun to read.

Cathy Madavan, Speaker, author, and Kyria Network board member 

Thought-provoking and encouraging! An invaluable resource that helps children face emotions, talk and pray about them.

Sue Monckton-Rickett, Chair of the Association of Christian Counsellors

This series brilliantly helps children understand the emotions of Bible characters while encouraging them to explore their own emotions.

Bob Hartman, Author and performance storyteller

Debbie Duncan speaks directly into our anxious culture. She retells Bible stories through the lens of emotion, in a lively and accessible way.

Katharine Hill, UK Director Care for the Family 

A gentle in-road for parents and carers to encourage children to open up.

Karen Lennie, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist PG Dip BABCP Member (Accred)

About Debbie Duncan:

Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan, author of the God Cares series, Gifted and The Art of Daily Resilience, is a nurse and a teacher, and mother of four children. She has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience and bravery: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back.

In all her books, she considers what is required for physical, mental, and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote and sound advice. This she now applies to her thoughtful God Cares series specifically to support parents and carers raising children.

For more wonderful books on children’s mental health and well-being, check out all our children’s books on personal and social issues here.

 

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Jane Austen Investigates: Julia Golding’s Gripping New Middle Grade Mystery Series

Jane Austen Investigates

Jane Austen turns detective in this spooky historical adventure by award-winning author Julia Golding!

This month we have a brilliant new middle grade book perfect for children aged 9-12 years old, Jane Austen Investigates: the Abbey Mystery by multi-award winning children’s author Julia Golding. It’s the first book in the Jane Austen Investigates series with the second book, The Burglar’s Ball, set to publish this October!

The Abbey Mystery

Jane Austen Investigates

It’s 1789 and a young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds – for she does not believe in such stories!

But this is not the only strange occurrence for the adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are shivery night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.

With notebook in hand and her faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the continuous obstacles and find out the truth?

Watch the riveting book trailer below.

What Others Are Saying About Jane Austen Investigates

“Clever, playful, and gripping. A real treat for bookworms.”
Lucy Strange, author of The Ghost of Gosswater

Jane Austen Investigates
Jane Austen Investigates

About the Author

Julia Golding

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning children’s author who has been awarded both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize. A former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, Golding also has a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University, and was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution in 2019. An avid Jane Austen fan, her Jane Austen-themed podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’ offers a 19th century take on modern life. Golding is the successful author of The Curious Science Quest series, The Tigers in the Tower and Jane Austen Investigates.

Other novels by Julia Golding you might like:

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The Best New Books to Read in Spring 2021!

Springtime Children's Reads 2021

Lion Hudson’s Spring Books Preview

Spring has finally sprung! Lockdown is slowly lifting and next week you’ll be able buy one of our new books in a real bookshop! Discover some of our most anticipated books to add to your spring reading list. From charming picture books to beautifully illustrated Bibles to edge-of-your-seat thrillers, we have a book everyone in the family will enjoy.

Enjoy browsing our new spring books collection below!

New Adult Springtime Reads

New Spring Books

Books Out Now!

Daughters of Eve by Martyn Whittock

Daughters of Eve

Women of the Bible

by Martyn Whittock and Esther Whittock

Women play an immensely important role in the Bible: from Eve to the Virgin Mary, Sarah to Mary Magdalene, Naomi to the anonymous woman suffering severe menstrual bleeding who was healed by Jesus. They are a sisterhood of faith.

Renowned historians and Biblical scholars, Martyn and Esther Whittock, take the reader on a fascinating journey, one unafraid to ask difficult questions, such as, ‘Was Eve set up to fall?

The End of Law by Therese Down

The End of Law

A novel of Hitler’s Germany
by Thérèse Down

This dark, tense novel is a compelling story of human tragedy, and man’s potential to revel in, or fight against, the evil actions of a corrupted nation.

A gripping tale that sheds new light on one of the darkest periods in history.”
Laura Shepperson, the Historical Novel Society

Coming Soon!

Straight to the Heart of Jeremiah and Ezekiel

Straight to the Heart of Jeremiah and Ezekiel

60 Bite-Sized Insights

by Phil Moore

Jeremiah and Ezekiel are among the most neglected treasures of the Bible.

A new favourite in the bestselling Straight to the Heart series. Phil Moore’s devotional commentaries will change your life. His bite-sized chapters are punchy and relevant, yet crammed with fascinating scholarship. Welcome to a new way of reading the Bible. Welcome to the Straight to the Heart series.

Summer's out at Hope Hall by Pam Rhodes

Summer’s out at Hope Hall

by Pam Rhodes

SUMMER’S OUT AT HOPE HALL is a fun and deeply moving story that celebrates the power of hope.

“In this delightful tale of Kath Sutton and the motley bunch ofcharacters revolving around the community hall she runs, Pam lives shared and burdens carried. Summer’s Out at Hope Hall is one of those novels that helps you hear laughter in the darkness, reminding you that the sun really will rise tomorrow.” Sheridan Voysey, BBC Radio 2 presenter and author of Reflect with Sheridan

Mosaic by Chris Aslan

Mosaic

Life in pieces
by Chris Aslan

A new book full of miracles from the renowned author of Alabaster.

“If you have ever wondered how you might have felt and reacted had you lived in Palestine and heard tales about a wonderful ‘Teacher’ performing miracles down in Galilee, you will definitely enjoy this book.” Farifteh V. Robb, author of In the Shadow of the Shahs

Wonders of the Living World

Wonders of the Living World

Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life
by Ruth Bancewicz and Danny Allison

Beautifully and creatively illustrated, Wonders of the Living World will inspire curiosity and amazement, and prove a fascinating guide to your thinking about the meaning of life.

Watch Wonders of the Living World book trailer here.

Jesus: The unauthorized biography by Martyn Whittock and Esther Whittock

Jesus: The Unauthorized Biography

by Martyn Whittock and Esther Whittock

Who was Jesus Christ, and how did he make such an astonishing impact that still resonates today?

“This is a well-researched but wonderfully readable account of the peerless figure of Jesus of Nazareth, setting him firmly in the history and context of his day. It will broaden the understanding of the faithful and help sharpen the issues for the sceptical.” Paul Harcourt, National Leader, New Wine England

Route 66 2nd Edition A Crash Course in Navigating Life With The Bible

Route 66 2nd Edition

A Crash Course in Navigating Life With The Bible
by Krish Kandiah

The intention of this book is to teach Christians how to use the Bible to live well.

It has eight sections and each provides an introduction to a different kind of literature within the Bible and follows with questions for discussion and five days of daily readings.

The Thorn of Truth S.L. Russel

The Thorn of Truth

by S.L. Russel

It was the worst bind, and I felt panic rising up inside me, threatening to steal my breath.

Anna Milburn has been a working barrister for twenty years. But when a local drug lord is implicated in the murder of a young policeman, the case shakes her very foundations and threatens what she holds most dear… her only child.

Journey through the Bible

Journey Through the Bible

Now you can journey through the Bible from your living room chair!

Journey through the Bible is a unique resource that approaches the Bible story by story. In these pages you will discover around 250 of our favourite Bible stories presented with background information in word and picture. 

Take a look at the beautiful spreads of this easy-to-read, visual exploration of the Bible here.

New Children’s Springtime Reads
Books Out Now!

the best new books to read in spring 2021

Welcome to the Journey

A Baptism Gift
by Bob Hartman and Raffaella Ligi

A powerful narrative by storyteller Bob Hartman that reminds baptism families and those getting baptised about the journey of God’s Big Story, and welcomes those who are about to start out on their journey with God and become part of this great story. 

A perfect gift not just for those getting baptised, but also for their families to share and celebrate with them.

Have a look at some beautiful spreads of the book here.
Also available as a pack here.

Dangerous Journey

The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
by John Bunyan and Alan Parry

This abridged version of the world-famous, much-loved classic Pilgrim’s Progress has been reissued for a new generation of readers.

Filled with intricately detailed illustrations that capture the characterisation of Mr Worldly Wiseman, Faithful, the Giant and many others, and the atmosphere of places such as the Slough of Despond, Palace Beautiful and the Valley of the Shadow of Death, this stunning, large-format book makes an ideal gift for a special occasion such as birthday, confirmation or first communion

The Mirror and the Mountain

An Adventure in Presadia
by Luke Aylen

In Luke Aylen’s The Mirror and the Mountain, a title released in association with Essential Christian, two 11-year-olds pass through a mirror and end up in a magical kingdom called Presadia.

Trapped in a war-torn kingdom with no way home, Summer and Jonah are pulled into a strange quest to find the long-lost king, who alone has the power to restore peace to Presadia. Can they fulfill their quest to find the king and restore peace to Presadia and will they ever make it back to their own world?

New Children’s Springtime Reads
Coming Soon!

Springtime Children's Reads 2021

You are very special

by Su Box and Susie Poole

This charming picture book helps even the youngest of children learn to value him- or herself, and to realise that each and every person is unique and special. 

Simple text and lively illustrations help to open the reader’s eyes to their God-given personality, their value as an individual and their importance as a part of God’s creation. The surprise ending – a mirror in which children can identify themselves – will help little children put the life-affirming message of this book firmly into place.

Prayers around the World

by Deborah Lock and Helen Cann

Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions. From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for his world.

Take a look at the beautiful spreads of Prayers around the World here.

Jane Austen Investigates

The Abbey Mystery
by Julia Golding

Jane Austen turns detective in this spooky historical adventure by award-winning author Julia Golding!

It’s 1789 and a young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey… with notebook in hand and her faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the continuous obstacles and find out the truth?

Watch the thrilling book trailer here!

The Lion Bible for Children

by Murray Watts and Helen Cann

Murray Watts is one of the UK’s foremost retellers of the Bible. He combines expert Bible knowledge with skilful storytelling to create a compelling text that speaks to children of today. This comprehensive, faithful yet imaginative retelling of the Bible reflects the variety of the original writings (e.g. reportage, poetry, history, letters) making a very readable collection – now a classic on the Lion Children’s list.

Check out the gorgeous spreads of The Lion Bible for Children here.

When Life Is Tough

Paul and Other Stories
by Debbie Duncan

A new book in the bestselling God Cares series. The ‘God cares’ series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness.

A chapter book retelling the story of Paul, who encountered many harsh and demoralising situations on his missionary journeys with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing constant reassurance and enabling Paul to stay hopeful. 

When Life Is Unfair

Joseph and Other Stories
by Debbie Duncan

A new book in the bestselling God Cares series. The ‘God cares’ series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness.

A chapter book retelling the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and unfairly put into prison with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing guidance, support and hope through the situations. 

When I Don’t Give Up

Jesus and Zacchaeus
by Debbie Duncan

A new book in the bestselling God Cares series. The ‘God cares’ series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness.

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus meeting with Zacchaeus. A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their hopes and challenges, find support to persevere, and know that Jesus too finds a way to be with them.

The Lion Storyteller Family Values

Over 30 stories with engaging discussion ideas for sharing together
by Bob Hartman and Krisztina Kallai Nagy

A practical, engaging resource about the moral, spiritual, and cultural values that shape our lives and society for families, children’s church groups and schools to share, explore, and respond with children together. 

The Lion Graphic Bible

The whole story from Genesis to Revelation
by Mike Maddox and Jeff Anderson

A highly original interpretation of the Bible that is an ideal tool for reaching and engaging young people with the Bible and the message of the Gospel.

Successfully published for over 40 years, refreshed with new covers to reach the next generation of readers. Available in hardback and paperback versions.

Looking for more book recommendations? Take a look at all of our wonderful new books here!

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Faith Friendly Science Books For Kids!

Science Books for Kids

Check out our faith friendly children’s books that blend faith and science in a fun way!

In celebration of British Science Week, we’ve compiled a wonderful selection of non-fiction science books for kids of every age below. We’re also celebrating throughout the week by offering a 50% off discount on Crackle and Pop: Bible Science Experiments until Sunday, march 14th ! We will also be offering 50% off our Curious Science Quest series throughout the week. Today, enjoy 50% off Greek Adventure.

Non Fiction books are a fantastic way to explain the wonders of the world and introduce children to learning about God and science.  We hope these books will inspire a love of science in your young reader. From our inspiring God Made series, to Crackle and Pop: Bible Science Experiments, there’s a book for every child to explore and discover.

Browse our new science books for kids below!

1. God Made series by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

The God Made series encourages young children to explore and discover more about the world around them, and tells them about the loving God who made it all. Scientific ideas about how everything came to be are simply explained through the lively narrative and amazing illustrations, leaving children full of wonder at God’s creativity, love, and power.

With input from The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and fun experiments for curious young scientists to try, this series is an ideal way to help children engage with and celebrate God and His universe.

Check out all the titles in the inspirational God Made series below!

God Made The World by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

God Made the World by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
God Made the World
Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
  • For children aged 3-5
  • This bright book explores in an interactive way how God made the world
  • A great resource for curious children, Sunday Schools and rainy days

God Made The World encourages young children to explore and discover the world around them and tells them about the loving God who made it all. Scientific ideas about how and why everything was created are simply explained through the lively narrative and wonderful illustrations, leaving children marvelling at God’s creativity, love and power.

God Made The World blends science and faith in a fun way!

God Made Animals by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

God Made Animals by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
God Made Animals
Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
  • For children aged 3-5
  • This bright book explores in an interactive way the different animals in the world
  • A great resource for curious children, Sunday Schools and rainy days

God has given us lots of clues about how He made the world. This is how we think He did it.

Discover how our world was made, beginning with His amazing stars. Follow the process of how Earth was formed and filled with amazing life.

God Made Animals blends science and faith in a fun way!

God Made Animals by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

God Made Space by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
God Made Space
Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
  • For children aged 3-5
  • This bright book explores in an interactive way the universe and how it was made
  • A great resource for curious children, Sunday Schools and rainy days

God has given us lots of clues about how He made space. This is how we think He did it.

Discover how the wonders of the universe were made, beginning with a huge explosion. Follow the process of how stars, asteroids, comets, moons and planets were formed.

God Made Space blends science and faith in a fun way!

Where Do I Come From?

2. Where Do I Come From? by Bob Hartman

  • For children aged 5-7
  • This fun book answers big questions kids have about science, faith and DNA
  • Bob Hartman makes understanding DNA fun and puts it in a faith context

Looking at the building blocks of what makes you you, Where Do I Come From by Bob Hartman explores DNA and being made by God.

Celebrate how you are created by God through the clever set of instructions, DNA, and how this connects you with the big family of living things through God’s imaginative and creative plan. Trace the passing on of DNA, starting from you back to the beginning of God’s creation of the universe. Discover and wonder at your place in the world, and reflect on the responsibility of looking after God’s creation. 

With additional information by the Faraday Institute about Science and the Bible for parents to open up discussion.


3. The Curious Science Quest series by multi-award winning author Julia Golding

The Curious Science Quest by Julia Golding
The Curious Science Quest by Julia Golding

Cave Discovery by Julia Golding

When Did We Start Asking Questions?

Cave Discovery by Julia Golding
Cave Discovery
Julia Golding
  • For children aged 7-11
  • A fun, faith-friendly introduction to big questions of history
  • Great for encouraging budding scientists

Part of the inspiring Curious Science Quest series that makes learning about history fun!

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest to discover where we came from.

Step into Harriet and Milton’s time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery. Written by Julia Golding, multi-award winning children’s author.

Greek Adventure by Julia Golding

Who Were The First Scientists?

  • For ages 7-11
  • This fun book travels back to meet the very first scientific
  • Great for encouraging your very own budding scientists

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

On this adventure Harriet and Milton are investigating who the first scientists were. Step into Harriet and Milton’s time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery – become a Mesopotamian stargazer, cast your vote in ‘Greece has Scientific Talent’, and meet Pythagoras!

Rocky Road to Galileo by Julia Golding

What Is Our Place In The Solar System?

  • For ages 7-11
  • This book is a fun, faith-friendly introduction to big, scientific questions
  • A great look at Galileo and where we sit in the Solar System

Helping you foster and grow a child’s love of all things scientific, this fun book explores Galileo’s discoveries in the field of astronomy.

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

Victorian Voyages by Julia Golding

Where Do We Come From?

  • For 7-11s
  • Award winning author, Julia Golding provides a new insight to the Victorian era
  • History fans will be captivated by this adventure quest

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

Modern Flights by Julia Golding

Where Next?

  • For 7-11s
  • Julia Golding takes kids on an exploration of outer space
  • A fun look at science, space and astronauts

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

Take to the skies in this adventure and zoom off into space , exploring the scientific discoveries of the technological age. Step into Harriet and Milton’s time machine, bring some snacks, and enjoy this curious quest of discovery.

Hunt With Newton by Julia Golding

What are the Secrets of the Universe?

  • For ages 7-11
  • This book is a fun, faith-friendly introduction to big, scientific questions
  • A great look at Newton, physics, and scientific history in a fun way

Helping you foster and grow a child’s love of all things scientific, this fun book explores Isaac Newton’s discoveries in the field of physics.

Join Harriet, Darwin’s pet tortoise, and Milton, Schrodinger’s indecisive cat on a time-travelling quest of discovery, unravelling scientific exploration and religious beliefs and how they fit together.

Check out the entire Curious Science Quest series here.

Crackle and Pop Bible Science Experiments Hanna Holwerda

4. Crackle and Pop by Hanna Holwerda

Crackle and Pop
Crackle and Pop
Hannah 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.

5. Science Geek Sam and His Secret Logbook by Cees Dekker and Corien Oranje

  • For children aged 9-12
  • For kids full of question about all things scientific
  • This super secret logbook is ideal for young investigations into creation and learning about the world around them

Bring out your kid’s inner-scientist with these fun and faith-affirming science lessons for children.

Meet Sam, science geek extraordinaire, and have an exclusive peek at his top secret logbook. When a meteorite crashes into Sam’s school bike shed, his class have a LOT of questions about space, the universe, and life on earth. But can they believe in God AND the Big Bang? They make some cool discoveries that show them that, surprisingly, the answer is a clear yes.

A fact-filled and thought-provoking story that will make you chuckle.

6. The Curious Crime by Julia Golding

Is curiosity a crime? Ree discovers the unfairness of being a girl in a male-dominated scientific world, where alternative ideas are swiftly squashed.

Enter a fantasy island where Phil the dodo and other unusual wild animals roam corridors, great halls and an underground network of passages of a magnificent museum and science academy. Prevented from following her creative passion as a stonemason, Ree is confined to cleaning the halls at night as a maid. But then the murders start happening…

A determined scholar Henri and strong-willed Ree join forces to solve the mysteries and prove their innocence.

Check out all our books on science for children here.

 

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Our Best Children’s Books About Mental Health

Lion Hudson Best Children's Books about Mental Health that Help Children with their emotions

As many children in the UK go back to school next week after having their world turned upside down yet again with another lock down, how can we help children understand and express how they are feeling? Books that explore children’s emotional and mental health can be a vital way to open a dialogue with children about how they are feeling and to help them feel they are not alone.

That’s why we’re thrilled to publish a series of books covering a variety of topics that are relevant to children today, including grief, anxiety, bullying, and sadness. By providing children with books that discuss a range of emotions they might be feeling, you can encourage children to speak with their parents or carers about their faith and emotions, and help them to find peace during these difficult times.

We hope these books will spark important conversations and help children learn how to understand their mental health and express their emotions.

Books About Children’s Mental Health and Emotions:

For 3+ Years:

Are You Sad, Little Bear? By Rachel Rivett and Tina Macnaughton

Are You Sad, Little Bear? by Rachel Rivett and Tina Macnaughton
Are you Sad, Little Bear?
Rachel Rivett and Tina Macnaughton

Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. His mother wisely suggests that perhaps asking his woodland companions what saying goodbye means to them will help him understand his loss. 

Little Bear’s day of exploring and asking questions brings him comfort and hope.

This charmingly illustrated picture book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn’t mean the end of things.

Beyond the Setting Sun

Beyond the Setting Sun by Sarah J. Dodd and Cee Biscoe

Beyond The Setting Sun by Sarah J. Dodd
Beyond the Setting Sun
Sarah J. Dodd and Cee Biscoe

A picture story book about bereavement to support young children, specifically those who have lost a parent.

The waterholes of the African Savannah have dried up and there has not been enough to drink for some of the animals. Ekundayo, a young elephant, struggles to understand the loss of his mother, but the support of his family help and guide him through.

Carefully researched about the stages of grief for young children, Sarah J Dodd sensitively portrays this in the response and actions of Ekundayo to help children express and share how they are feeling with those around them. At the end, Debbie Duncan also provides helpful advice for parents and carers as consider how to talk about death and dying with young children.

You Are Very Special by Su Box and Susie Poole

This charming picture book helps even the youngest of children learn to value him- or herself, and to realise that each and every person is unique and special. 

Simple text and lively illustrations help to open the reader’s eyes to their God-given personality, their value as an individual and their importance as a part of God’s creation.

The surprise ending – a mirror in which children can identify themselves – will help little children put the life-affirming message of this book firmly into place.

The Biggest Thing in the World by Kenneth Steven and Melanie Mitchell

The Biggest Thing in the World by Kenneth Steven
The Biggest Thing in the World
Kenneth Steven and Melanie Mitchell

A heart-warming picture book about a little polar bear cub exploring the world with his mother.

He discovers many huge and wonderful things but in answer to the question, ‘is that the biggest thing in the world?’ The answer is always, ‘no.’

At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is — and with his mother’s help, he finds that it is love.

Just Like You by Sarah J. Dodd

Legs by Sarah J. Dodd and Guisi Capizzi

Legs by Sarah J. Dodd
Legs
Sarah J. Dodd and Guisi Capizzi

The sweet story of a very small meerkat, Miki who finds himself far from home & the keeper who bought him back.

Miki is a baby meerkat who lives with his Mama in a zoo. He’s happy at home with Mama and the kind keeper who cares for them, but soon he becomes curious about the wider world. Then one day Miki ventures a bit too far out into the world, and he’s not sure where he is anymore. Who do all these legs belong to? But just when Miki feels completely lost, there are the keepers familiar booted legs, and here’s the keeper to bring him home; and from his vantage point in the keeper’s arms all the legs that seemed so intimidating on the way out are revealed to have friendly, happy faces with them!

Just Like You by Sarah J. Dodd and Guisi Capizzi

Just Like You by Sarah J. Dodd
Just Like You
Sarah J. Dodd and Guisi Capizzi

Miki is a baby meerkat who lives with his Mama in a zoo.
When a new family move in next door, Miki hopes for a friend to play with. But the new arrival is different to Miki in every way.

She’s tall, he’s small; she sleeps standing up, he sleeps in a burrow; she eats from the freetops, he eats from the ground…
However, Miki and Raffa the giraffe soon realize that for every physical difference between them, there’s a similarity and compatibility in what they both enjoy – or are scared of! And seeing from the world from someone else’s point of view might be fun after all.

Just Because by Rebecca Elliot

Just Because by Rebecca Elliot
Just Because
Rebecca Elliot

This heartwarming picture book about being perfectly loved, no matter what, tells of a brother’s love for his sister.

He is so enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs… and by then we just accept as he does all the wonderful things about her.

This amusing and often touching story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate.

Sometimes by Rebecca Elliot

Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott
Sometimes
Rebecca Elliott

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her, even when her disability means she has to go to hospital again.

When Clemmie has to go to hospital, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they make hospital a much better place.

 

For 5+ Years:

God Cares series by Debbie Duncan

God Cares Debbie Duncan

Our brand new God Cares series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness. Children at different ages approach things differently in their stages of emotional development, so this series works at two different levels: illustrated Readers aimed at 5-7 year olds and Chapter books aimed at 8+ years. Please note that children progress at different reading abilities and stages of emotional development so the age ranges are only a guide for parents and carers.

The Bible stories are retold reflecting on the emotions and encourages children to discuss and relate this within their situations. Sections at the back provide a reflective space for children and practical advice for parents and carers.

Debbie Duncan, author of Gifted and The Art of Daily Resilience, is a nurse and a teacher, and mother of four children. She has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience and bravery: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back. In all her books, she considers what is required for physical, mental, and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote and sound advice. This she now applies to her thoughtful God Cares series specifically to support parents and carers raising children.

Check out all the books in the God Cares series here.

When I Feel Down by Debbie Duncan

When I am Afraid by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus’ friends being afraid in the storm even though Jesus was in the boat with them.

But God cares and Jesus woke up and told the storm to be still.

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their fears, when they are afraid, and that Jesus is always with them.

See other titles in the God Cares series here.

When I am Anxious by Debbie Duncan

When I am Strong by Debbie Duncan

The Good Thing About Bad Days by Margaret McAllister

The Good Thing About Bad Days

A warming practical book full of advice, suggested activities and encouraging messages to help young children (5-9 years) express and cope with their emotions, to reassure them about handling situations and to raise their self-esteem. With a repetitive mantra that: The good thing about bad days is-that they come to an end.

Space is provided for children to draw or jot down their thoughts and responses. Scattered throughout are verses from Psalms and other books of the Bible, and quotations from other sources.

There is a parent section providing additional advice by Dr Claire Parsons, a Christian GP, and a list of websites and contacts as resources and support for children and parents.

For 12+ Years:

A Guide to Growing Up by Sarah Smith and Alex Webb-Peploe

A Guide to Growing Up is an engaging, clear, and helpful guide for young people that shines God’s light into the topics of puberty, bodies and sex.

It is profoundly positive; about sex, about self, about faith, about relationships, love, boundaries, pleasure, choices – about all the sorts of things that could possibly matter when it comes to growing up. Full of distinctive illustrations that grab the attention, conversations with young people and detailed chapters on hot topics, such as masturbation and same-sex attraction.

A Guide to Growing Up is an invaluable tool to support parents in talking to their children, and an essential guide in any young person’s journey – a guide they can go back to time and again.

Watch author Sarah Smith talk about A Guide to Growing up below.

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Children’s Prayer Books

Prayers around the World by Deborah Lock and Helen Cann

Prayers Around the World by Deborah Lock
Prayers around the World
Deborah Lock and Helen Cann

Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions.

From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for his world.

ABC Prayers by Myriam Baudic and Camille Bernard

ABC Prayers by Myriam Baudic
ABC Prayers
Myriam Baudic and Camille Bernard

Prioritise bedtime prayers and enjoy quality time growing together in prayer with ABC Prayers, a beautiful gift and endearing book that provides children with a starting point for what they can talk to God about.

  • A beautiful prayer book for children aged 4-7
  • Cultivate consistent prayers with your little one with this gorgeously illustrated prayer book with an adorable family of mice
  • Plant prayer seeds in children’s hearts

This padded hardcover picture book shows charming illustrations of a family of mice, playing, sharing, forgiving, and celebrating, wrapped around the letters A-Z .

Each prayer begins with the next letter of the alphabet, and covers prayers for families, friends, celebrations, peace, love, forgiveness, and kindness to one another.

ABC Prayers is the perfect children’s prayer book to establish routine bedtime prayer time.

99 Prayers for Children by Juliet David and Elina Ellis

99 Prayers for Children by Juliet David
99 Prayers for Children
Juliet David and Elina Ellis

A companion prayer book for 99 Prayers Stories from the Bible with delightful illustrations in a strong vibrant style, 99 Prayers for Children provide a great introduction to family prayer time.

  • Prayers for children aged 5-7
  • These 99 Prayers are for all occasions and a companion book to 99 Stories from the Bible
  • A great way to introduce young children to prayer

The prayers are a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Julie David, and provide an introduction to family prayer time with young children, bringing talking to God to life in the heart of every child.

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

My Very Own Bible and Prayers
My Very Own Bible and Prayers
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.

  • My Very Own Bible and Prayers 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.
  • The prayers 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.

Picture Books About Bible Stories:

Albert and the Good Sister by Richard Littledale

Albert and the Good Sister by Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

Albert and the Good Sister by Richard Littledale
Albert and the Good Sister
Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

The Story of Moses in the Bulrushes

A heart-felt Bible story about Miriam watching over her baby brother, who would later become Moses, the leader of a nation.

Her quick thinking when the Pharaoh’s daughter pulls the basket he is in out of the River Nile saves his life. Maybe being a big sister to a baby isn’t so bad!

Albert and the Flour Sack by Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

Albert and the Flour Sack by Richard Littledale
Albert and the Flour Sack
Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

A Story about Elijah’s Visit

A warm-hearted Old Testament Bible story about Joe, who will never forget the day that Elijah came to visit.

The cupboards were empty and his mother only had a last bit of flour and a few drops of oil. Sharing their last loaves with Elijah was to change their lives.

Albert and the Big Boat by Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

Albert and the Big Boat by Richard Littledale
Albert and the Big Boat
Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

A Noah’s Ark Story

Join a family of mice as they gather around Albert, an elderly mouse, to hear the story of Noah and the animals that came to the Ark.

Stunning illustrations bring to life the excitement and the adventure of God’s Great Flood

Albert and the Slingshot by Richard Littledale and Heather Heyworth

Albert and the Slingshot by Richard Littledale
Albert and the Slingshot
Richard Littledale and and Heather Heyworth

The Story of David and Goliath

An action-packed Bible story about David, the shepherd boy who becomes a nation’s hero.

Stunning illustrations bring to life the excitement and the adventure of David’s day on the battle field, bravely facing Goliath.

For more wonderful children’s books, check out all our children’s books here.