Author of the YouVersion Bible App for Kids Bible Stories Releases Two New Picture Books from the Clever Cub Series Created to Remind Young Children Of Their Part In God’s Story

From internationally known children’s author Bob Hartman, and illustrated by Steve Brown, come Books nine and ten in his Clever Cub Bible Stories series. Releasing February 7 from publisher David C. Cook are Clever Cub and the Case of the Worries and Clever Cub Tells the Truth.

Featuring the inquisitive Clever Cub, a curious little bear who loves to cuddle up with the Bible and learn about God, these new adventures in Hartman’s popular series of pictures books from the Clever Cub Bible Stories remind kids ages three to six years old of their part in God’s story.

In these two new titles from the Clever Cub Bible Stories series, God’s Word comes alive as Clever Cub learns from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that “we don’t need to worry” and from the story of Queen Esther that it’s important to tell the truth.

In Clever Cub and the Mystery of the Worries, when Clever Cub worries about his friends, Mama Bear reminds him that we can trust God to take care of us. God loves us even more than the birds of the air or the flowers in the fields—and they don’t worry at all!

This engaging picture book:

  • Tells the story of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5 – 7.
  • Reassures children ages three to six that God provides for them.
  • Includes questions about the story’s theme and ideas for learning more in the


In Clever Cub Tells the Truth, Clever Cub tells a lie and makes his friend mad! After Mama Bear teaches him the story of Queen Esther, the cub learns that telling the truth is always the right thing to do—even when it’s hard.

This colorful picture book:        

  • Tells the story of how Queen Esther (as found in the Book of Esther) saved her people.
  • Helps kids ages three to six to learn the importance of telling the truth.
  • Teaches young readers how to be an honest and loving friend.

Known for its vibrant illustrations, kid-friendly questions and engaging Bible stories geared to little ones ages three to six years old, the Clever Cub picture books series makes reading time a faith-building adventure for children along with sweet reminders of their part in God’s story. Each book incorporates timely themes and age-appropriate lessons as Clever Cub invites young readers to learn about the God of the Bible.

A note at the end of each book includes questions about the story’s theme for learning more in the Bible to help parents and ministry leaders begin conversations with children about their own part in God’s story.

An ordained minister, Bob Hartman knows how to introduce young children to stories from the Bible. Hartman presents the stories and biblical truths in an easy-to-understand way, including stories that have sad or scary events, such as slavery or death.

Steve Brown’s delightful illustrations are colorful and vibrant. Children will enjoy looking at the pictures of Clever Bear, his Mama and Papa, and his friends Lizzy the lizard and Fred the bunny, who join in on the storytelling.

As part of the series, there are also helpful resources and downloadable content available for parents and adults to share with children, including free Clever Cub coloring pages, animated story videos narrated by Hartman, and more “freebies” available through signing up for email updates. Subscribers may also receive notifications to hear about all the new Clever Club adventures coming soon and the latest free resources being offered.

And now, as part of the Christian Parenting Podcast Network, children will be able to listen to select stories from the series narrated by Bob Hartman via the Clever Cub Bible Stories Podcast. The first title recently launched features the Christmas-themed story Clever Cub Welcomes Baby Jesus. Beginning later this month, new episodes will be added every other week. More information on the Clever Cub Bible Stories Podcast, as well as Christian Parenting’s network of trusted parenting podcasts, may be found at

About Bob Hartman:

Performance storyteller Bob Hartman is the author of the YouVersion Bible App for Kids Bible stories, that have been downloaded 85 million times. His long list of children’s titles have sold over a million copies, including The Lion Storyteller Bible, which has been printed in eleven different languages. As an ordained minister, his passion is to help people of every age find their way into the Bible, engage with it and discover the God who inspired it. Bob is married to Sue, has two married children, Kari and Chris, and five grandchildren. For more information or to connect with Hartman, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Steve Brown:

Steve Brown ( is a UK-based freelance children’s illustrator with a passion for telling stories through his art and using humor to delight children and adults alike.