Big Idea Series

VeggieTales Veggiecational Books adds Bob & Larry’s ABCs (Mar., $7.99; ISBN 978-1-60587-325-1); Junior’s Colors (Mar., $7.99; ISBN 978-1-60587-324-4); How Many Veggies? (Mar., $7.99, ISBN 978-1-60587-326-8); ages 3-5.

Candle Books

(dist. by Kregel Publications)

God Helps Me Bible by Karen Williamson, illus. by Clare Caddy (Mar., $12.99, spiral-bound, ISBN 978-1859859162) features a binding that allows the book to lay flat, which leaves little hands free to turn the pages.

The Bible for Little Ones by Juliet David, illus. by Steve Whitlow (Mar., $11.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-1859859230) highlights 14 stories from the Old and New Testaments.

My Pop-Up Bible Stories by Juliet David, illus. by Daniel Howarth (June, $12.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-1859852378) uses pop-up scenes to depict well-known stories.

Daniel (Candle Tabs) by Karen Williamson, illus. by Chris Embleton-Hall (June, $7.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-1859859155) features tabs showing a character or object poking out from between the pages. Joseph (Candle Tabs) also available.

Church Publishing/Morehouse

Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People by Jennifer Gamber and Sharon Ely Pearson (May, $16, paper, ISBN 978-0819227645) is the first exclusively Episcopal prayer book for youth; ages 12-up.

Wm. B. Eerdmans

Jonah’s Whale by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Giuliano Ferri (Mar., $16, ISBN 978-0802853820). God asks Whale to save a drowning man in this retelling of the familiar biblical tale; ages 4-8.

Frances Lincoln

Food and Faith by Susan Reuben and Sophie Pelham (June, $18.99, ISBN 978-1845079864) introduces world religions through customs associated with food; ages 6-9.


Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday by Carol Heyer (Feb., $14.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-08249563630). Humphrey the camel remembers Jesus, to whom he gave his blanket three decades ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem; ages 4-8.

Jewish Lights

Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens, edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin (May, $24.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-58023-507-5), includes commentaries from over 100 contributors on each Torah portion, focused specifically on teen issues; ages 13-up.

The Shema in the Mezuzah: Listening to Each Other by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illus. by Joani Keller Rothenberg (June, $18.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-58023-506-8), helps young people discover that there is often more than one solution to a problem; ages 3–6.


(dist. by IPG)

Jesus Encyclopedia (Mar., $19.95, hardcover, ISBN 978-0745945736) shines light on how Jesus’ teaching inspired the Christian faith and continues to influence the world; ages 9-12.


Lights Out Shabbat by Sarene Shulimson, illus. by Jeff Ebbeler (Mar., $17.95, ISBN 978-0761375647; $7.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761375654). A boy and his grandparents celebrate Shabbat in a Georgia town in a rare snowstorm; ages 3-7.

Hannah’s Way by Linda Glaser, illus. by Adam Gustavson (Mar., $17.95, ISBN 978-0761351375; $7.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761351382). Hannah’s family moves to Depression-era rural Minnesota, where she is the only Jewish child in her class. When she cannot ride to the class picnic on the Sabbath, her classmates solve her problem; ages 5-9.

Izzy the Whiz and Passover McClean by Yael Mermelstein, illus. by Carrie Hartman (Feb., $17.95, ISBN 978-0761356530; $7.95 paper, ISBN 978-0761356547). Izzy the Whiz, an amateur inventor, creates a super duper cleaning machine right before Passover, and creates havoc along the way; ages 3-9.

Marshall Cavendish/Shofar

Ball of Clay That Rolled Away by Elizabeth Lenhard, illus. by Jason Wolff (May, $16.99, hardcover, ISBN 978-0761461425). The kids at Camp Knish want to make the ball of clay into a mezuzah, a menorah, a kiddish cup, and more... but the ball of clay will have none of it; ages 3-8.

Shabbat Puppy by Leslie Kimmelman, illus. by Jaime Zollars (Apr., $17.99, hardcover ISBN 978-0761461456). A wiggly puppy proves that even a pup can lead a family to Shabbat shalom (Sabbath peace); ages 4-8.

Simon & Schuster/Aladdin/Beyond Words

Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions by Marilyn McFarlane (Mar., $11.99 paper, ISBN 978-1582703046) introduces the world’s great religions, providing background and significant stories; ages 9-up.


All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop (Mar., $6.95, paper, ISBN 978-1402785818) offers praise for nature, beauty, and the glory of all creation; ages up to 3.

First Prayers: A Celebration of Faith and Love, illus. by Troy Howell (Feb., $12.95, paper, ISBN 978-1402764547) encompasses both Biblical excerpts and psalms as well as more secular hymns to nature, family, and love; ages 3-7.

Tommy Nelson

Here’s Lily by Nancy Rue (May, $7.99, paper, ISBN 978-1400319497). Meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model; ages 7-11.

Swipe by Evan Angler (May, $9.99, paper, ISBN 978-1400318360). Three children are caught in the middle of a conflict in a future North America struggling to recover after famine and global war, where all citizens of the American Union are required to get the Mark— a tattoo—on their 13th birthday; ages 8-11.

Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law (Apr., $9.99, paper, ISBN 978-1400318438). Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim—a child of angels and humans— and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they must use those powers to save her; ages 9-12.


Every Which Way to Pray by Joyce Meyer, illus. by Mary Sullivan (Feb., $15.99, ISBN 978-0310723172) uses a whimsical cast of animal characters to show that there are lots of ways to pray; ages 4-7.

Under the Baobab Tree by Julie Stiegemeyer, illus. by E.B. Lewis (Apr., $16.99, ISBN 978-0310725619), tells the story of Moyo and Japera, siblings who travel to worship God with others at the baobab tree, also known as the Tree of Life; ages 4-7.

Made to Crave for Young Women: Satisfying Your Deepest Desires with God by Lysa TerKeurst and Shaunti Feldhahn (Feb., $12.99, ISBN 978-0310729983) adapts TerKeurst’s breakout book for teens; ages 15–18.