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The Jesus Storybook Bible, by New York Times Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Sells a Half Million Copies!
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 06, 2012 - Recently ranked #1 on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) December 2011 Bestseller List, THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE (Zonderkidz) by New York Times best-selling author Sally Lloyd-Jones has now surpassed 500,000 in sales, as announced by Zonderkidz.
The book is winner of the 2009 NAPPA Award, the 2007 Moonbeam Award, the 2010 Mom’s Choice Award, and the 2010 ALA Notable Award. Since its 2007 debut, there have been eight editions of the JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE, including a Spanish bilingual version, a deluxe edition with audio from British actor David Suchet, and a church curriculum companion coming in January 2012. The book has also been published in seventeen different languages.
"Sally Lloyd-Jones writes in a way that is very engaging for both children and adults and leaves all those who read or hear the stories amazed by God's great love for them and all his children," said Zonderkidz Senior VP and Publisher Annette Bourland. "We're proud to have published this wonderful book and grateful to have a talented writer of Sally's caliber among our authors."
Hailed as "artistic license at its best" by Christianity Today, THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE retells the traditional stories of the Bible in simple text, easily understood by young readers yet profound enough for theologians and pastors. With imaginative illustrations by the artist, Jago, Lloyd-Jones makes the words come alive with her tender prose.
"There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one big story. The story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them," said Lloyd-Jones.
Praised by a number of religious leaders – from Ben Patterson to Tim Keller – THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE has a Facebook page with 6,000 fans, over 2,200 Twitter followers, and has received glowing reviews and mentions from USA Today, Christianity Today and More to Live, among others, all available at www.jesusstorybookbible.com. Animated story videos for each of the title’s stories will soon be available for sale as downloads. Four can be seen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v__QaCsdvQk
"I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian — from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians," said Dr. Tim Keller, pastor of New York City's Redeemer Church. "Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God's revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning--a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sally Lloyd-Jones, a leading writer of inspirational books for children and has an expertise in conveying biblical truths to young readers. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and the Moonbeam Award-winning The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Tiny Bear’s Bible. She has also written many picture books, including Handbag Friends, Being a Pig is Nice: A Child’s Eye-View of Manners, Time to Say Goodnight, the critically acclaimed, How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister,and most recently, Song of the Stars. A native of England, Lloyd-Jones lives in New York City.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillan "Highly Commended" Award for Children's Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.
To schedule an interview with Sally Lloyd-Jones, or to receive a review copy of JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE, please contact Candice Frederick at DJC Communications: 212-971-9707, Candice [at] djccommunications [dot] com