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Celebrate the Season of Lent

Celebrate the Season of Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the reflective season of Lent where we remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who withdrew to the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. Lent is a special time of reflection and faith, practiced through prayer and by giving up something that’s challenging.

During these 40 days, how will you observe Lent? Will you give up a particular vice, perhaps those chocolate bars you keep adding to your shopping trolley that never actually make it to the shelf. Or, perhaps you’ll be joining hundreds of people in the Lenten Positive Acts Challenge — participants perform one positive act for each of the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. These positive acts can be as small as smiling at someone in the street to donating to a worthy cause.

To help you with your Lenten journey, we’ve compiled a wonderful selection of our much loved devotionals, prayers, and children’s Easter stories!

Happy Browsing!

Lent and Easter Books for Children

Lent and Easter Books For Children

Children’s Bible Stories for Lent and Easter

My Own Little Easter Story by Christina Goodings and Amanda Gulliver

My Own Little Easter Story by Christina Goodings and Amanda Gulliver
My Own Little Easter Story
Christina Goodings and Amanda Gulliver

An appealing, small format book to introduce children to the Easter story.

  • An Easter story for children aged 2-5
  • This is a charming introduction to the Easter story
  • Each page is a memorable and easy to remember

Simple, sincere, straightforward and heartwarming.

The sweet illustrations will be loved by pre-schoolers, and the simple and sincere text is easy to understand and remember.

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.

 

The Promised One by Antonia Woodward

The Promised One by Antonia Woodward
The Promised One
Antonia Woodward

A colourful and softly illustrated picture book, The Promised One is a perfect bedtime book for reading during Easter. 

  • An Easter story for children aged 4-7
  • This is a beautiful telling of the Easter story for young children
  • Kids will love the simple text and memorable images

Jesus made sick people well, he made food for thousands, cared for the lonely and the needy. He was like no one else, and the people believed the Promised One – God-on-earth – had arrived. But others were not so sure. But God always has a plan, and this is the story of God’s plan, and how Jesus came for everyone, everywhere, for all time.

Let Antonia Woodward’s beautiful retelling take you back to the heart of the very first Easter.

The Promised One by Antonia Woodward

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

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

Bring the story of Easter to life!

  • An Easter story for children aged 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.

Watch children’s author Sarah J. Dodd read aloud her new Easter picture book, Alive Again!

On That Easter Morning by Elena Pasquali and Alison Jay

On That Easter Morning by Elena Pasquali and Alison Jay
On That Easter Morning
Elena Pasquali and Alison Jay

Packed with stunning illustrations this book recounts the Easter story in a way which will engage young minds.

  • An Easter story for children aged 5-9
  • This elegant Easter book brings the whole story to life
  • Kids will discover expressive images that burst with life and character

Alison Jay has illustrated many books for children, and her beautiful paintings are instantly recognisable. In this book, see the death and resurrection story of Jesus interpreted in her own unique style, using vignettes, borders and full page art to accompany a sincere retelling of the Easter story.

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 morning.

On That Easter Morning

The Story of Easter by Mary Joslin and Alida Massari

The Story of Easter by Mary Joslin and Alida Massari
The Story of Easter
Mary Joslin and Alida Massari

A classic retelling of the first Easter, drawing on key episodes from the Gospels and explaining the Biblical story for children aged five to seven.

  • An Easter story for children aged 5-7
  • This beautiful Easter book brings the whole story to life
  • A perfect introduction to what Easter is all about

Alida Massari’s distinctive illustrations feature throughout with a mixture of full page art, vignettes, and borders in elegant shades of blue, yellow and green.

 

Easter Stories by Bob Hartman and Nadine Wickenden

Easter Stories by Bob Hartman
Easter Stories
Bob Hartman and Nadine Wickenden

Bringing his remarkable storytelling gift to the events of Easter, Bob Hartman retells the events of Easter in a fresh and memorable way. 

  • An Easter story for children aged 5-11
  • Bob Hartman tells the stories of Easter in true Bob Hartman style
  • A great resource to bring energy and character to story time

Following the tried and tested formula of his earlier Lion Storyteller titles, Bob Hartman retells a selection of Easter stories in his own inimitable style.

This collection of 23 stories includes the key Bible accounts of the events of the first Easter from Palm Sunday through to Jesus’ resurrection, encounters with his friends and followers, and the ascension.

Bob Hartman’s retellings of familiar and sometimes serious tales are fresh and engaging, making these Bible stories accessible to the young and not-so-young.

Children’s Prayer Books for Lent and Easter

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.

Prayers around the World by Deborah Lock

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.

ABC Prayers by Myriam Baudic and Camille Bernard

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 by Carolyn Cox and Lois Rock
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.

Lent and Easter Books for Adults

Lent and Easter Books for Adults

Our Top Devotionals

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.

Listen to the first chapter of the Reflect with Sheridan audio book here.

Watch Sheridan discuss below one of his inspiring themes in Reflect with Sheridan – The Voice That’s Only Heard in Stillness

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. 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.

As Hannah draws out key verses and their meaning and offers questions to reflect on, readers will gain new insight and understanding.

Pylon People

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.

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!

Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers by Stephen Poxon

Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers
Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers: 365 Daily Readings Inspired by the Journey of the Mayflower

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.

#Niteblessings by Malcolm Duncan

#Niteblessings: Meditations for the end of the day
#Niteblessings
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.

God Moments for Busy People by Jennifer Rees Larcombe

God Moments For Busy People by Jennifer Rees Larcombe
God Moments For Busy People
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.

Then Sings My Soul by Pam Rhodes

Then Sings My Soul: 40 Reflections on my favourite hymns by Pam Rhodes
Then Sings My Soul
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.

Christian Living: Inspirational Reads

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

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

The Rations Challenge by Claud Fullwood

Food is always a hot topic – Food waste, food banks, food miles, local versus imported. As we all need food, we can’t ignore it.

But as some families struggle without enough food to live on, others are challenged to consider how much they throw away, or how to make the food they have go further.

Which is why Claud Fullwood set herself the challenge of living on World War Two rations for Lent. It opened her eyes not only to issues of hunger and waste, but also to the many ways in which we have the power to fix our groaning food system, make our families stronger and our communities whole again.

The Rations Challenge takes the wisdom of World War Two and looks at how it can help us revolutionise how we live now. By learning the lessons our parents and grandparents lived by in the ’30s and ’40s, we can build a future that works for everyone.

Wholeness by Christy Wimber and Katharine Welby-Roberts

Wholeness by Christy Wimber
Wholeness
Christy Wimber

The world is changing; culture is shifting. Never has safety and security been more desired. What shakes also spills. Pressure spills to the surface. And when struggles become visible, safety becomes more invaluable.

With the world changing so are people’s struggles. In years past what worked in prayer and ministry may not work today, because people’s concerns and experiences of personal difficulties have changed. And just with anything else we should be growing in how we learn and deliver ministry. God wants to bring people into wholeness. And one of the greatest acts of kindness we can do is provide a safe place in order to witness people’s struggles, so that we may love, care for and pray and minister to them more effectively.

Brave by Debbie Duncan

Brave Showing Courage In All Seasons of Life by Debbie Duncan
Brave
Debbie Duncan

In Brave, Debbie Duncan assures us that God’s definition of courage is not limited to liberating a nation like Moses or fighting a giant like David.

Indeed, facing everyday situations requires bravery. Perhaps you’re facing redundancy, ill health, or strife in your family. Giving examples from her personal life. Debbie takes us on a journey that will help us endure the challenges that come our way with our heads held high.

Understanding what real-life bravery looks like will encourage you to step out of the boat like Peter, or simply to get out of bed when you’re struggling. Brave will help to reassure you that God is with you in every season of life, and that you are braver than you think!

The Dream of You by Jo Saxton

Let’s be honest, the life you lead isn’t what you’ve always dreamt.

In this powerful book, Jo examines Biblical figures and shares her personal story as she invites you to turn to the One who knows you intimately and loves you deeply.

He sees all you’ve struggled to hide. He hears the voice inside you that others have silenced.

He knows the potential and purpose that no one valued. He longs to redeem the story of your life and set you on the path to reclaim The Dream of You. Are you ready?

The Heavenly Party by Michele Guinness

Drawing upon her rich Jewish heritage, Michele integrates sacred and secular using pilgrim festivals and symbol, ritual and liturgy. She explains what true celebration is, with ideas and resources for celebration at home or in the wider community. Christians should have the best parties!

Part One: Explores what true celebration is and looks at how Jesus loved to party.

Part Two: Festival parties, including anniversaries, a weekly Sabbath, events in the church calendar. Includes suggestions for rituals, prayers, liturgies.

Part Three: General ideas for celebration. Includes suggestions on how to organise the celebration event.

Part Four: 50 best celebration recipes. Adapted from author’s monthly cookery column in Woman Alive.

The Art of Daily Resilience by Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan knows all too much about the need for resilience. She and her husband Malcolm, and her children, have all had to deal with prolonged ill health, as well as episodes of acute health crisis. Two family members have died. As a pastor’s wife and a working mum she copes with emergencies large and small on a daily basis. So what makes you strong when you have no strength?

Drawing on her personal experience as a nurse and a teacher, Debbie has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back. In this helpful new book she considers what is required for physical, mental and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote, and sound advice.

Take a look at more of our wonderful titles here.

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Our Best Children’s Picture Books about Mental Health

Our Best Children's Picture Books about Mental Health

Now more than ever we need to help children understand their emotional and mental health. Picture books that explore children’s mental health can be so important to opening a dialogue with children about how they are feeling. As adults, we sometimes forget that young children experience the same feelings we do. The only difference is children might find it difficult to express those emotions with words. They might not even have the vocabulary to do so yet. Children’s Books that discuss children’s emotions provide children with the language to express themselves, to validate their emotions, and encourage an appropriate response to those emotions.

We publish wonderful picture books that discuss a wide range of emotions children might be feeling and difficult situations they may be experiencing. We also have picture books that can start important conversations about Bible stories and questions children might have about the world around them.

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

Picture Books About Children’s Mental Health and Emotions:

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 by Sarah J. Dodd and Cee Biscoe

Beyond the setting sun
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.

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.

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.

Picture Books About the World Around Us:

God Made series

Our brand new 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 some of the great titles in the God Made series below.

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

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

Discover how all living things have their own special pattern hidden inside them. Follow the amazing processes of how our world became filled with wonderful creatures.


Part of the inspirational God Made series.

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

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.

Part of the inspirational God Made series.

God Made Space by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

God Made Space by Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson
God Made Space
Steph Bryant and Lizzie Henderson

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.

Part of the inspirational God Made series.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.