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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 Lion Storyteller Bible

The Lion Storyteller Bible

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

The Lion Storyteller Bible broke new ground in its presentation - both verbal and visual - of Bible stories. It has been immensely popular, with sales in the UK exceeding 130,000 copies and editions printed in more than 11 languages. Since The Lion Storyteller Bible was first published Bob Hartman has established an international reputation as a storyteller and writer.This new book integrates more than 20 new Bible story retellings with the 50 tried and tested originals. It also includes a useful appendix of Bob Hartman's hints and tips for storytelling. Newly commissioned illustrations throughout will capture as much warmth and appeal as those in the first edition.

Brilliant Baby

Brilliant Baby

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Board book Release Date: 10/09/2019

Based on Psalm 131, cosy up with your baby to share the warmth and comfort of trusting God to provide just like a mother, reaffirming how brilliant they are to you and God. This is one of a series of delightful books by storyteller Bob Hartman based on biblical passages, which reference children and convey simple biblical truths that God loves and values them and they are wonderful and unique. Illustrated with clear, engaging, charming baby faces, which reflect the love, delight, warmth and emotion in the simple narratives. Research shows that babies are born being able to recognise faces, enabling them to connect quickly with their caregivers, so these books will be perfect for sharing with any 0-2 year olds. A perfect gift for newborn babies and first birthdays.

Beautiful Baby

Beautiful Baby

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Board book Release Date: 10/09/2019

Based on Genesis 1, cosy up with your baby to share the warmth and comfort of being made in the likeness of God, reaffirming how beautiful they are to you and God. This is one of a series of delightful books by storyteller Bob Hartman based on biblical passages, which reference children and convey simple biblical truths that God loves and values them and they are wonderful and unique. Illustrated with clear, engaging, charming baby faces, which reflect the love, delight, warmth and emotion in the simple narratives. Research shows that babies are born being able to recognise faces, enabling them to connect quickly with their caregivers, so these books will be perfect for sharing with any 0-2 year olds. A perfect gift for newborn babies and first birthdays.

The Play-Along Bible Imagining God's Story through Motion and Play

The Play-Along Bible Imagining God's Story through Motion and Play

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/03/2019

Young children will love taking part in acting out favourite Bible stories with movement, sounds and actions. From the moment children open their eyes at the start of creation to the final shout Hooray! in Revelation, encounter hundreds of fun ways to actively engage with the Bible and enhance children's understanding of familiar verses. Imaginations will come alive, chirping as birds, twinkling fingers for stars, roaring as lions, waving, marching and jumping around. A lively, fun and interactive way to help children become familiar and recall special Bible moments.

Bob Hartman's Rhyming Bible

Bob Hartman's Rhyming Bible

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

Internationally acclaimed storyteller and best-selling children's author Bob Hartman re-tells classic Bible stories in rhyme. Featuring popular tales from the Old and New Testaments, this is an ideal book for a parent to read with a child or for use in any storytelling setting with young children. Bob Hartman's fresh take on these well-loved stories are a joy to read aloud with any child. and also lend themselves to be used in any storytelling setting with children (eg toddler groups, all-age services).

Easter Stories A Storyteller Book

Easter Stories A Storyteller Book

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2019

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. Line illustrations complement the text. As a bonus, this book includes some of Bob Hartman's favourite storytelling tips.

Paul, Man on a Mission The Life and Letters of an Adventurer for Jesus

Paul, Man on a Mission The Life and Letters of an Adventurer for Jesus

Author: Bob Hartman, Conrad Gempf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2017

Paul wasn't one of Jesus' friends - in fact he really didn't like the whole Jesus crew at all. They were wrong! Even worse, they were telling lies that confused people about how to live properly in God's way. But Paul's life-journey is about to be dramatically turned upside down when he actually meets Jesus himself. In a blinding-flash encounter he is given an assignment from God in a mission that will change the lives of Jewish and Gentile people across the world from the first century right through to today. Here storyteller and scribe, Maximus details Paul's dangerous, thrilling, and adventurous journeys.

A World of Difference 12 men and women whose faith helped change their world

A World of Difference 12 men and women whose faith helped change their world

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2017

The incredible stories of 12 people of history, who made a dramatic difference to the world around them, are brought to light and life in this exciting new children's book (for ages 6-8). From well-known to lesser-known heroes, readers will discover for themselves the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Cecil Jackson Cole and Elizabeth Fry, to name a few. Children will find out how these 12 people were all inspired by their Christian faith to be a catalyst for positive change in their neighbourhoods, nations and world. The stories are written in an assortment of literary styles to keep readers both engaged and entertained. They are ideal for individual reading, assemblies and extra reading in schools across the history and RE curriculum. Created in partnership with Speaking Volumes and written by Bob Hartman (the popular storyteller and author of CWR's Talking Tales series and YouVersion's The Bible App for Kids). Includes an illustration of each of the 12 influential historic Christians.

The Lion Storyteller Awesome Book of Stories

The Lion Storyteller Awesome Book of Stories

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2016

This awesome anthology contains 76 tremendous tales. All of the best-loved stories from the immensely popular The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book and The Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales are collected here into one colourful volume. Accompanied by a new introduction giving advice on storytelling and reading aloud, and vibrant illustrations, this makes a fantastic anthology for story time. 'As the author says: ... stories need to leave the listener with that safe, warm, happily-ever-after feeling. And that's what this collection does, time and time again.' Manchester Evening News

Talking Tales: Awwww!! Jesus, the grumblers and the best big hug

Talking Tales: Awwww!! Jesus, the grumblers and the best big hug

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2016

You may have heard about me before. Well maybe not, but you would have heard of Jesus, right? My parents had and that's why we went on a little trip to find Him, but we ended up in a MASSIVE queue of people! And if that big crowd wasn't enough to stop us, some of Jesus' friends - very grumpy looking friends - also tried their best to stop me and the other children meeting Jesus. Anyway, I'm not going to tell you everything that happened, you'll have to find out ... but just so you know, it was worth the wait!

Talking Tales: Wowww!! Jairus, the daughter and the wonderful waking up

Talking Tales: Wowww!! Jairus, the daughter and the wonderful waking up

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2016

You may have heard about me before. Or maybe you've heard of my dad, Jairus? Well, this is my story. It's quite amazing so you'll just have to believe me that it's true! It all started out not looking so good for my family, particularly for me. I wasn't very well at all ... But then my dad heard that Jesus was in town and we thought He could definitely help us out! So Dad went to find Him and, the rest - you'll have to find that out for yourself!

Bumper Tales from the Bible

Bumper Tales from the Bible

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2016

Popular storyteller Bob Hartman is renowned for his fresh take on often-told stories, bringing them to life with vibrant characters and a lively twist in the tale. Now Bob Hartman's previous Unauthorized Old and New Testament Tales PLUS his Unauthorized More Bible Tales are packed into this bumper book of mischief! Each story is retold with an original slant from the point of view of a minor character involved, and is full of humor, mischief, silliness and fun. The black and white line illustrations perfectly match the playful style of the storytelling, and makes an ideal read for those who prefer something a little more wayward on their bookshelves, particularly boys aged 7-9.

Big Pig Stampede

Big Pig Stampede

Author: Bob Hartman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

Goat Boy, a.k.a. Gideon, is the kid everyone loves to pick on. He's like any typical Bible-time boy who spends his life traveling around Palestine milking goats, giving Roman soldiers a hard time, and getting into trouble on more than one occasion. Goat Boy is curious, enjoys a good adventure, and has a couple of mildly irritating friends. What's not so typical is how he and his friends are in the right place at the right time to witness the amazing miracles and teachings of Jesus.Witty, insightful, wacky. These are just a few words to describe Bob Hartman's latest chapter-book series, Goat Boy Chronicles. In this unique collection of stories, Goat Boy and his friends experience the miracles of Jesus through their awkward adolescent eyes. The boys laugh, they make jokes, they observe, they puzzle over everything that Jesus does, and in their own quirky ways they become the eyes and ears of the reader as they witness the unfolding of the gospel story.Bob Hartman's passion is to retell Bible stories accurately and in a way that will help kids want to read them time and time again. Not just because the stories are "e;good for them"e; but because they are so creative, so clever, and so enthralling that they just can't help themselves!

Big Pig Stampede, The

Big Pig Stampede, The

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables Stories Jesus Told

The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables Stories Jesus Told

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/06/2015

A wonderful addition to the Storyteller range, told by the expert storyteller, Bob Hartman. Twenty-seven of Jesus' parables are given a fresh twist in his lively and dynamic style, managing to effortlessly engage young readers and make clear the depths of meaning within the story. Illustrations by Krista Kallai Nagy add to the warm-hearted appeal of the parables. This book is suitable for teachers seeking material to read out loud in class and assemblies, and for parents wanting stories children can enjoy having read to them, or for those who are starting to read by themselves.

Bob Hartman's Bible Baddies

Bob Hartman's Bible Baddies

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2015

Retold with Bob Hartman's insight and wit, some of these tales are funny, others are sinister. And some feature reformed baddies. Their dastardly deeds, pride, ruthlessness and misuse of power are vividly recreated. There are also 'come-uppance' stories and, last but not least, those showing God's compassion for the worst of 'baddies'. 'Baddies' include Pharoh, David, Jonah, Herod, Zacchaeus, Pilate, Peter, Jacob, Goliath, Judas and Paul. 'has the same appeal as the Horrible Histories series and serves as a brilliant introduction to the Bible for children who might otherwise ignore it.' The Bookseller

Off-the-Wall Bible Tales

Off-the-Wall Bible Tales

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2015

Bob Hartman, well-known for his storytelling talents is tackling Bible stories again! Following his popular Storyteller series and his Unauthorized Versions, Bob is retelling stories for a younger audience, but with the same mischievous slant that made the Unauthorized Versions so much fun. Lesser known tales are collected together and packed with dialogue and funny details which are set off by Woody Fox's jaunty line illustrations.

The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2014

Once upon a time there lived a family of sheep. They grazed on grass, crunched on clover, and played on green pastures. Except for Little Sheep, that is, who was bored with her peaceful life. So she makes an unusual decision... Little Sheep is having a great time at wolf school in her new knitted wolf suit and has even made friends with Little Wolf! But things all become rather more complicated when Little Wolf invites her home for dinner... A wonderfully funny pun-filled twist on a classic tale by expert storyteller Bob Hartman, and illustrated by Tim Raglin, whose humorous pictures complement the story perfectly.

The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2014

Once upon a time there lived a family of sheep. They grazed on grass, crunched on clover, and played on green pastures. Except for Little Sheep, that is, who was bored with her peaceful life. So she makes an unusual decision... Little Sheep is having a great time at wolf school in her new knitted wolf suit and has even made friends with Little Wolf! But things all become rather more complicated when Little Wolf invites her home for dinner... A wonderfully funny pun-filled twist on a classic tale by expert storyteller Bob Hartman, and illustrated by Tim Raglin, whose humorous pictures complement the story perfectly.

The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book

The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2014

This popular title from the Lion Storyteller series has had worldwide sales of over 120,000 copies, has been translated into 7 different languages, and now it's available in paperback. Bob Hartman's retellings of 40 warm and reassuring bedtime stories, taken from around the world and retold especially for reading aloud, are combined with Kriszta Kallai Nagy's naive and colourful illustrations, which give a freshness to the text. Useful storytelling tips from the author are included to help with reading the stories aloud. 'As the author says in the introduction: Bedtime stories need to leave the listener with that safe, warm, happily-ever-after feeling. And that's what this collection does, time and time again.' Manchester Evening News

More Bible Tales

More Bible Tales

Author: Bob Hartman Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2013

Popular storyteller Bob Hartman is renowned for his fresh take on often-told stories, bringing them to life with vibrant characters and a lively twist in the tale. Bob now launches a new series of stories - The Unauthorized Versions - which are packed full of humour, mischief, silliness, and fun - but which all have a good-hearted and memorable conclusion. These easy-to-read stories of Jesus are inspired by the Bible - but given a completely original slant. Retold at a cracking pace, this black and white line illustrated book (in a style perfectly matched to Bob's mischievous storytelling) makes an ideal read for those who prefer something a little more wayward on their bookshelves, particularly boys aged 7-9.

Old Testament Tales

Old Testament Tales

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2012

Popular storyteller Bob Hartman is renowned for his fresh take on often-told stories, bringing them to life with vibrant characters and a lively twist in the tale. Bob now launches a new series of stories The Unauthorized Versions which are packed full of humour, mischief, silliness, and fun - but which all have a good-hearted and memorable conclusion. These easy-to-read Old Testament stories are inspired by the Bible - but given a completely original slant. Retold at a cracking pace, this black and white line illustrated book (in a style perfectly matched to Bob's mischievous storytelling) makes an ideal read for those who prefer something a little more wayward on their bookshelves, particularly boys aged 7-9.

New Testament Tales

New Testament Tales

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2012

Popular storyteller Bob Hartman is renowned for his fresh take on often-told stories, bringing them to life with vibrant characters and a lively twist in the tale. Bob now launches a new series of stories The Unauthorized Versions which are packed full of humour, mischief, silliness, and fun - but which all have a good-hearted and memorable conclusion. These easy-to-read stories of Jesus are inspired by the Bible - but given a completely original slant. Retold at a cracking pace, this black and white line illustrated book (in a style perfectly matched to Bob's mischievous storytelling) makes an ideal read for those who prefer something a little more wayward on their bookshelves, particularly boys aged 7-9.

The Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales

The Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2011

From ancient times to the present day, people have been telling stories about animals. Bob Hartman is no exception. Over his many years as a professional storyteller, he has told stories about a menagerie of creatures - big and small, tame and scary, real and mythical. The Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales features some of his favourites. This collection contains over 35 retellings - well-loved traditional tales, little-known legends, and several original stories. These entertaining tales are drawn from all corners of the globe and feature a wide variety of animal characters. Yet this is more than just a collection of animal stories, for many of these fun-filled retellings will also inspire children to think about right and wrong. Appealing illustrations complement the fun and action of the words, capturing the mood of each story and bringing animals, birds and insects vividly to life.

The Lion Storyteller Bible

The Lion Storyteller Bible

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2008

The Lion Storyteller Bible broke new ground in its presentation - both verbal and visual - of Bible stories. It has been immensely popular, with sales in the UK exceeding 130,000 copies and editions printed in more than 11 languages. Since The Lion Storyteller Bible was first published Bob Hartman has established an international reputation as a storyteller and writer. This new book integrates more than 20 new Bible story retellings with the 50 tried and tested originals. It also includes a useful appendix of Bob Hartman's hints and tips for storytelling, as well as 4 CDs on which the stories are narrated by voiceover specialist, David Holt. Newly commissioned illustrations throughout will capture as much warmth and appeal as those in the first edition.

Why Dogs Chase Cats and Other Animal Stories

Why Dogs Chase Cats and Other Animal Stories

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2004

This book contains 6 of Bob Hartmans immensely popular animal tales selected from The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book, The Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales and The Lion Storyteller Christmas Book. These entertaining short stories work especially well when read aloud and will also appeal to newly confident readers.

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