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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 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.

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 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.

Telling Bible Stories Tales to Tell Aloud

Telling Bible Stories Tales to Tell Aloud

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2021

Bob Hartman's bumper collection of Bible stories is drawn from both the Old and New Testaments. There are stories for individual and group performances, stories for the major Christian festivals, stories for a variety of age groups. Each story is followed by discussion questions to encourage the audience to delve deeper into each tale. Incorporating Bob's three books - Telling the Bible, Telling the Gospel and Anyone Can Tell a Bible Story - this extensive resource includes extensive notes on story-telling, essential for any performer. Discover why Bob is in such demand in this entertaining and insightful collection.

Welcome to the Journey A Baptism Gift

Welcome to the Journey A Baptism Gift

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Raffaella Ligi Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2021

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. Celebrate the journey with God that began before time and will carry on forever as told in the Bible. A journey of God's love, forgiveness, gift of life forever, and his presence. A journey that those getting baptised join on their special day. A perfect gift not just for those getting baptised, but also for their families to share and celebrate with them.

The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables

The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables

Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Krisztina Kallai Nagy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2021

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.

Hanging Out with Jesus Again

Hanging Out with Jesus Again

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2021

Pip, one of the disciples, retells more of the adventures he had while hanging out with Jesus in this fun, quirky yet informative story from master storyteller Bob Hartman. Big Bart, Tommo and me, Pip. Three guys on a three-year adventure. Hanging out with Jesus. Finding out what he's up to. Not exactly the best known of the twelve disciples, but we're on the edge of the action - out of the limelight, where there is plenty of partying, messing about and time to make an idiot of yourself. We're best mates. And Jesus' mates, too. Here are some more of our adventures; stories you'll find in the Bible if you take a look. Well, sort of, because everything is just a little bit different when you're hanging out with Big Bart and Tommo. So join us and find out what happens when we meet up with Jesus ... again.

Where Do I Come From?

Where Do I Come From?

Author: Bob Hartman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2020

Amazing, magnificent, one-of-a-kind you! 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.

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