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Bob Hartman - Author

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed Bob Hartman is a much-loved performance storyteller for children. Renowned for his dynamic, energetic and interactive performances, Bob has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum to schools, bookshops and major festivals throughout the UK – including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Northern Children’s Book Festival, both of which he has been a well-loved favourite at for a number of years. His audiences range in number from 10 to 100 and beyond and are enjoyed by all ages.

Bob’s storytelling programme combines traditional folk-tales from around the world, retold in his own inimitable style, with his own inventive stories. Bob loves to help children create their own stories on the spot, and also runs practical workshops for older children and adults who want to understand the power of storytelling and improve their skills.

Bob Hartman and is author of the Lion Storyteller series, a number of picture story books including Noah’s Big Boat, Dinner in the Lions’ Den, The Wolf who Cried Boy and The Three Billy Goats’ Stuff as well as Mr Aesop’s Story Shop and a series of books for adults: Telling the Bible and Telling the Gospel in which he offers his thoughts on storytelling and tips on how to tell stories in fresh and intriguing ways.

Featured books by Bob Hartman

Other books by Bob Hartman

The Precious Pearl

The Precious Pearl

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Mark Beech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2021

When a merchant finds the very best pearl in the world, how far will he go to get it? Will he really sell everything he owns? Discover just how valuable the Kingdom of Heaven is in The Precious Pearl - a fun rhyming retelling of a classic Bible parable for kids from award-winning author Bob Hartman. Jesus' tale of the Pearl of Great Price is retold in brilliant, entertaining style in this charming picture book for 3-5 year olds. With Bob Hartman's signature warmth and humour, The Precious Pearl is the perfect way to introduce young children to this beloved Bible story in a way that's easily accessible. Colourful, quirky illustrations from Mark Beech bring this Bible story book to life, and kids will love to follow along join in with the rhymes. The clear, simple text is ideal for young children just starting to read and for adults to read aloud. The Precious Pearl is a picture book that will delight children and parents alike and is the perfect follow on from Bob Hartman's Rhyming Bible. It is also a brilliant story time resource for KS1 teachers, Sunday School teachers and those involved in children's ministry. Kids will learn about the parables in a memorable, engaging way, and gain a new understanding of the value of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Busy Builders

The Busy Builders

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Mark Beech Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2021

Two busy builders have been hard at work building their homes, but when the storms come, will their houses stay standing or will they fall into a pile of rubble? The Busy Builders is a fun retelling in rhyme of a classic Bible parable for kids, showing the importance of following Jesus' teachings, from award-winning author Bob Hartman. The story of the Wise and the Foolish Builders is vibrantly retold in this entertaining picture book for 3-5 year olds. With Bob Hartman's beloved entertaining wit, The Busy Builders is the perfect way to introduce this classic Bible story to kids in a way that's accessible and easily understood. Bright, quirky illustrations from Mark Beech bring this Bible story book to life, and kids will love joining in with the fun and memorable rhymes as they read along. The clear, simple text is ideal for young children just starting to read and for adults to read aloud. The Busy Builders is a picture book that children and parents alike will adore and is the perfect follow on from Bob Hartman's Rhyming Bible. It is also a brilliant story time resource for KS1 teachers, Sunday School teachers and those involved in children's ministry. Kids will learn about the parables in a memorable, engaging way, and gain a new understanding of why it is important to follow Jesus' teachings.

Clever Cub Gives Thanks to God

Clever Cub Gives Thanks to God

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Steve Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2021

Clever Cub Welcomes Baby Jesus

Clever Cub Welcomes Baby Jesus

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Steve Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2021

Clever Cub Sings to God

Clever Cub Sings to God

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Steve Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2021

Clever Cub Explores God's Creation

Clever Cub Explores God's Creation

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Steve Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2021

Beibl Newydd y Teulu

Beibl Newydd y Teulu

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Krisztina Kallai Nagy Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2021

The Lion Storyteller Book of Family Values Over 30 world stories with links to Bible verses and engaging discussion ideas

The Lion Storyteller Book of Family Values Over 30 world stories with links to Bible verses and engaging discussion ideas

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Krisztina Kallai Nagy Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2021

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. Based on the successful and cherished stories from The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book and The Lion Storyteller Animal Tales by Bob Hartman, interactive elements work alongside the original stories to encourage children to think, engage, and make connections with their lives. Writing elements and questions relevant to school and family life encourage a shared reading and discussion experience for children with adults. Includes optional links to Bible references and pause moments to think about situations and others with God. Through these retelling of traditional and modern stories, the values explored include establishing good relationships, treating others well, perseverance, responding to bullying, team-working, and many other society and Christian values. Explore the setting, characters, and situation in these stories, thinking about how you would react in the same situation, and developing empathy and respect for others. There is an index list for the values covered in the stories for easy-to-use reference. A useful resource for school assemblies and PSHE lessons on relationships and citizenship, and to support parents, carers, church group leaders to share values with children.

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