25 June

Sara Merritt Promoted to Vice President of Marketing at Zonderkidz and Blink YA

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Sara Merritt to Vice President of Marketing for Zonderkidz and Blink YA, effective immediately.

Sara Merritt has been an integral part of the Zonderkidz team and HarperCollins Christian Publishing for over 15 years. Throughout her tenure, she has excelled in various marketing roles, contributing significantly to the growth and success of our beloved titles and authors. Notably, Sara has led the growth of The Jesus Storybook Bible brand and spearheaded successful campaigns for many of our top new releases, including those by New York Times bestselling authors Ainsley Earhardt and Linsey Davis.

Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher at Zonderkidz and Blink YA, shared her excitement about Sara’s promotion, stating, “Sara is an incredible leader who creates innovative book campaigns and executes well on plans while also showing deep dedication and care for her authors and their books. She is a joy to work with and beloved by her team and colleagues. I look forward to seeing how Sara further inspires and leads the Zonderkidz marketing team into the future.”

Sara’s deep understanding of marketing and publicity, along with her strategic thinking, strong communication and leadership skills, and dedication to our mission of inspiring children and families, make her the perfect fit for this role. In her new position, Sara will continue to foster the growth of our brands and authors, ensuring that Zonderkidz and Blink YA remain leaders in the Christian children’s and young adult publishing markets.

Zonderkidz, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is dedicated to inspiring young lives through imaginative, innovative, and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview. Blink YA, a young adult imprint of HarperCollins Focus, aims to equip and inspire young adults through captivating stories that blend imagination with uplifting messages.

For more information, please contact Ruthie Spaans at [email protected].

About Zonderkidz

Zonderkidz, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a leading Christian children’s publisher with a long history of beautifully told and illustrated stories. Zonderkidz inspires young lives through imaginative, innovative, and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview and build up God’s children and teens. For more information visit www.Zonderkidz.com.

About Blink YA

Blink is a young adult fiction and nonfiction imprint of HarperCollins Focus. Blink inspires and equips YA readers to lead lives of significance, integrity, and purpose through true stories and fiction that blend imaginative and exciting storytelling and are always uplifting and captivating. For more information visit www.BlinkYABooks.com

01 April

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Announces Stephanie Newton as Vice President and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Gift and Zondervan Gift

Nashville, Tenn. (April 1, 2024) – Stephanie Newton, a HarperCollins Christian Publishing veteran, will become the Vice President and Publisher of the Thomas Nelson Gift and Zondervan Gift teams. Newton will report to Laura Minchew, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of the Children’s and Gift Book Group.

In her new role, Newton will be responsible for driving publishing vision and long-range strategic planning; acquiring key authors; managing the publishing process; meeting financial goals; and maximizing the divisions’ extensive backlist. Newton’s goal will be to publish inspiring books that combine beauty and meaningful faith-based messages while facilitating business and operational strategies.

Newton joined Thomas Nelson in 2006 as a publicist, leading several major media campaigns for books such as the iconic New York Times bestselling Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent—a book that appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list for three consecutive years and was #1 for more than fifty-two consecutive weeks. In 2015 Newton became the marketing director of backlist content and crafted The Seasons Edition book line of high-designed classics. For the past four years, Newton served as Associate Publisher at W Publishing Group. In this position, she played a key role in signing authors such as Savannah Guthrie, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Kathie Lee Gifford, Demi-Leigh Tebow, Hosanna Wong, and Jinger Duggar Vuolo.

“Stephanie will be a tremendous leader of the Harper Christian Gift team,” said Minchew. “Stephanie has great experience in helping authors shape and develop bestselling books, maintaining meaningful author and agent relationships, and maximizing backlist development. She will do a great job guiding our outstanding and talented Gift team. I could not be happier to have her join us!”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Gift team,” said Newton. “I have long admired the meaningful books this team produces and the impact they make in the lives of their readers. The unique marketplace gift books offer allows us to share Jesus’s love in an accessible way. As publisher, I’m eager to lean into this space by offering dedicated leadership to our team, publishing partners, and readers, while continuing to inspire the world with our beautiful, significant books.”

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

About Zondervan: Zondervan is a HarperCollins Company and part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Zondervan is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian communications. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

08 February

Zonderkidz TO PUBLISH AWARD-WINNING ACTRESS TARAJI P. HENSON’S FIRST BOOK FOR CHILDREN

You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!) Releases June 18, 2024

Debut picture book from mental-health advocate Henson speaks to kids’ anxieties about finding their place and how to be a good friend by being yourself

Grand Rapids, MI – February 7, 2024 – Zonderkidz is pleased to announce that actress and mental health advocate Taraji P. Henson, will release her debut picture book, titled You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!) on June 18, 2024, illustrated by Paul Kellam. Pre-orders can be made now anywhere books are sold.

Henson, who established a foundation supporting mental health programming in under-resourced areas around the U.S., is an unwavering advocate for speaking up about good mental health practices – and this book ties into her commitment.

In an exclusive statement to People.com today about her passion for the book, Henson said:

“Mental health struggles can start even in childhood and oftentimes it begins with being bullied. This book isn’t just about bullying though—it’s about how children all have something different about them, and being different is what makes them oh so very special.” Henson added, “You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!) is for the kids who feel different. This book is for the parents who want their kids to accept differences. And this book is for the kids and families who’ve encountered hard times because of differences. I can’t wait to see the many conversations my book starts in homes and classrooms everywhere!” 

The story opens with a young girl named Lil TJ getting ready for her first day of school and telling her Grandma Patsy about making new friends. “Don’t forget, friendships take time,” Grandma reminds her, but Lil TJ throws herself into school with gusto . . . and immediately attracts the bullying attention of a boy who makes fun of her for her loud voice, colorful drawings, and larger-than-life personality. TJ ultimately learns how to conquer her worries, overcome her bully, make new and unexpected friendships, and still be true to her own unique and wonderful self.

“We are so proud of this book and feel that it’s not just a fun story, but an essential tool for teaching empathy, resilience, and self-love … all values that are very important to Taraji and her work in the mental health space,” said Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz. “Our hope is that this will become a conversation starter about mental wellness, an important lesson in friendship and handling tough social situations, and a testament to the importance of standing proud in one’s own uniqueness.”

An exclusive cover reveal was provided to People.com. https://people.com/taraji-p-henson-to-release-new-children-s-book-exclusive-8563975

This is a one-book deal, acquired by Katherine Jacobs, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Zonderkidz, with Cait Hoyt and Carlos Segarra from CAA representing Henson. The illustrator is Paul Kellam, an award-winning digital creator based in Florida, represented by Robbin Brosterman at The Bright Agency.

Henson will celebrate the upcoming publication of You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!) at a TalkShopLive pre-sale virtual event LIVE at 6:00pm EST on Friday, February 16. She will share more about the book and her passion for this story. Attendees who purchase a copy of the book during the TalkShopLive event will receive a signed copy. For more information, visit https://talkshop.live/watch/UnZ8oNCkEsQt

Tour dates and appearances with Henson will be announced this spring. A full-scale marketing, digital, and publicity campaign for the book is in process. Advance reader copies will be available upon request; please contact Publicity Director Jessica Westra at [email protected].

The book is now available for pre-order anywhere books are sold. https://www.zondervan.com/p/you-can-be-a-good-friend-no-matter-what/

ABOUT THE BOOK

You Can Be a Good Friend (No Matter What!) – A Lil TJ Book

Written by Taraji P. Henson, illustrated by Paul Kellam

  • Includes author note with resources
  • Hardcover w/Jacket, $19.99 – 9780310160595
  • ePub, $14.99 – 9780310160724
  • Audio book narrated by author, $4.99 9780310160731
  • For ages 4 – 8
  • 6.18.24 On Sale

ABOUT TARAJI P. HENSON

Taraji P. Henson has performed in Academy Award-winning movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures as well as comedies like Tyler Perry films and Abbott Elementary. She starred in the Annie Live musical on NBC, in the series Empire on FOX, and most recently in the 2023 major motion picture The Color Purple.

Henson founded the Boris L. Henson Foundation, a foundation that exists to both normalize and improve access to mental health services for Black communities in hopes of eradicating the stigma around seeking help and support. https://borislhensonfoundation.org/

Photo credit: Mr. D. Adams

@mr_dadams

Zonderkidz is the children’s publishing division of Zondervan, a HarperCollins Company. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com.

05 February

Zondervan Welcomes Amanda Woods as Publicity Director

NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 2024 – Zondervan Books, a leading publisher of Christian literature, today announced the addition of Amanda Woods as publicity director. Zondervan Books is the home to multiple award-winning books and bestselling authors including Rick Warren, Shauna Niequist, Craig Groeschel, Lee Strobel and Rebekah Lyons.

Woods joins the company with a plethora of experience in publishing, including the last seven years on the publicity team at Tyndale House Publishers. Woods’ previous publicity campaigns have landed coverage in national outlets including GMA Faith Friday, NBC’s TODAY, and multiple shows on Fox News Channel, to name a few.

“Amanda comes to Zondervan with rich experience in publicity strategy, innovation, leadership and execution,” said Mark Glesne, Vice President, Marketing for Zondervan Books. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have her join our team and our mission to impact the world.”

As publicity director for Zondervan, Woods will use her gift of building strong relationships with  both media representatives and specifically work to effectively broaden media exposure for Zondervan authors and have fun while doing it.

“I’m truly honored and excited to begin this next chapter in my publicity career,” said Woods. “I look forward to linking arms with the team at Zondervan to strategically strengthen our presence in the media space, and ultimately elevate our authors’ voices and stories, pointing a lost world to the truth of who Jesus is. I count it a privilege to use my talents and skills for such important Kingdom work.”

Woods is a 2008 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in public relations and a minor in psychology. Prior to her publishing career, she gained experience in event planning, community relations, nonprofit fund development, and volunteer recruitment and management.

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Zondervan is a HarperCollins Company and part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Zondervan is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian communications. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com

08 November

KRISTI SMITH NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING FOR THOMAS NELSON GIFT AND ZONDERVAN GIFT

Today, HarperCollins Christian Publishing announced the promotion of Kristi Smith to vice president of marketing for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Gift Book imprints. Smith joined the company 24 years ago, and throughout her tenure has been integral to the marketing strategy of some of the company’s top titles. Smith served as marketing director for W Publishing before joining Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Gift Books as senior marketing director in 2019. In this role she has worked with leading authors including Max Lucado, Emily Ley, Dr. David Jeremiah, Sadie Robertson Huff, Liz Marie Galvan, and many more.
“Kristi encompasses all the elements you’d hope for in a marketing leader,” commented Michael Aulisio, VP of HarperCollins Christian and HarperCollins Focus Gift Books. “She is a brilliant forward-thinking strategist, tremendous author advocate, and a ‘people first’ leader that has inspired our marketing team to new heights. I couldn’t be happier for her to take this next step in leadership for Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Gift Books.”

Publicity contact: MacKenzie Collier, [email protected]

31 October

THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE PODCAST WINS W3 AWARD FOR 2023

The Jesus Storybook Bible Has Now Reached over 5 Million Sold

Zonderkidz is pleased to announce that Sally Lloyd-Jones’s and Bishop Michael Curry’s episode of The Jesus Storybook Bible Podcast won the silver W3 award for individual episodes/specials in the community category from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

Created in 2021 by Zonderkidz and the New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and based on the multi-million bestseller The Jesus Storybook Bible, the podcast now has 114 episodes and has been downloaded over 350,000 times. Inspired by the many beautiful stories of hope, joy, and grace that readers have shared in the 17 years since The Jesus Storybook Bible was published, the podcast has become a platform where people from of all walks of life share about the life-transforming power of God’s love in their lives. Guests have included Amy Grant, Max Lucado, Tim Keller and more.

In addition, the book reached a milestone this summer, with over 5 million copies sold since it was first published in 2007. The book is published in over 55 languages.

Winning entries for the W3 Awards were selected by a jury from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of leading digital marketing and creative experts (www.aiva.org). More about the awards can be found here: https://www.w3award.com/jury-process/

“We’re so pleased with this recognition of the hard work and time that has gone into producing this podcast these past two years. This platform is a tool for reaching more people with the inspiring stories that make up The Jesus Storybook Bible and the lives impacted by the book,” says Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz. “Bringing Sally together with friends of the book has been beautiful. Listeners have enjoyed the perspectives guests share on what their favorite Bible story is, how the telling of that story in The Jesus Storybook Bible has grown their faith, and how they’ve seen God at work in their life.”

“I wrote a book for children that somehow found its way into the hands of pastors and professors, musicians and actors, on NICU wards, in prisons. And then we began to hear incredibly moving stories about lives transformed by God’s love. I couldn’t keep the stories to myself any longer. So I invited people to share with us personally about how God’s love has changed everything,” says Lloyd-Jones. “I am so grateful to Bishop Michael Curry for sharing his beautiful message of love. It could not be more fitting for our podcast whose whole aim is to share God’s wonderful Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.”

More about the Podcast:

More about the podcast can be found at https://www.sallylloyd-jones.com. Four Eyes Media (www.iiiimedia.com) produces the podcast. The podcast can be found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher and most other podcast platforms.

The link to the award-winning episode can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/id/podcast/leading-with-love-bishop-michael-curry/id1586003820?i=1000536356258

More about the Book:

For over a decade, The Jesus Storybook Bible has been introducing children to God’s wonderful story, and the Savior at the center of that story. Trusted and treasured with over 5 million copies sold, The Jesus Storybook Bible is the quintessential book for parents, grandparents, pastors, and anyone else who wants to share God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love with children. Beautifully written by New York Times bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by award-winning artist Jago, the book contains 21 stories from the Old Testament and 23 stories from the New Testament.

Milestones and accolades:

  • First published in 2007, The Jesus Storybook Bible has sold over 5 million units, one of the bestselling storybook Bibles in the last 2 decades
  • The book has been published in over 55 languages
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible has captured the attention of many, with thousands of blog, social media and magazine reviews and interviews including mentions in USA Today, Christianity Today, and more.  See more at www.jesusstorybookbible.com under the “Etc.” tab.
  • See the full collection of related books, board books and more: https://www.sallylloyd-jones.com/jsbcollection/
  • Awards:
    • 2007 Moonbeam Award
    • 2009 NAPPA Award
    • 2010 Mom’s Choice Award
    • 2010 ALA Notable Award for Children’s Recordings
    • 2011 ECPA Gold Book Award
    • 2014 Rodda Award
    • 2014 Best in Children’s Media Award from the Association of Christian Booksellers Group- UK
    • 2018 Logos Author of the Year Award

More about Sally Lloyd-Jones:

Sally is a New York Times bestselling writer and frequent performer of her work. She has written over 25 books, spanning the Christian and the general markets. Her work has been critically acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Her Zonderkidz books include The Jesus Storybook Bible, winner of the Platinum Book Award, with over 5 million copies sold and translated into over 55 languages; Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the Association of Christian Publisher’s Book of the Year Award in the adult inspiration category; Baby Wren, winner of The Christopher Award, and many others. Sally has performed her stories and poems with Amy Grant and Ellie Holcomb, appeared at Carnegie Hall with The Gettys in their Christmas Show and with Andrew Peterson at The Ryman. Sally was born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, England, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and now lives in NYC.

She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com , on Instagram @sallylloydjones, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SallyLloydJones/

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Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imaginative, innovative and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview and build up God’s children and teens. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan’s offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

26 September

Zondervan Welcomes Keren Baltzer as the New Associate Publisher for Zondervan Books

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Zondervan today announced that Keren Baltzer has joined the company as associate publisher for Zondervan Books. Zondervan Books is the home to multiple award-winning books and bestselling authors including Rick Warren, Shauna Niequist, Craig Groeschel, Lee Strobel, and Rebekah Lyons.

Baltzer joins the company with more than twenty years of publishing experience, most recently at Penguin Random House, where she was VP, editorial director of Convergent and Image. She has worked with a range of bestselling authors including Kate Bowler, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Lisa-Jo Baker, Pope Francis, Jenny Marrs, Jay Stringer, Leanne Morgan, and the Henri Nouwen estate.  

As the associate publisher for Zondervan Books, Baltzer will acquire new authors and assist in leading the editorial strategy for Zondervan Books. Baltzer commented, “I am delighted to join Zondervan Books, a publisher I have long admired both for its storied past and its continual dedication to publishing solid, faithful books. It’s a joy to be a part of this team.” Her first day was September 18, 2023.

“Keren comes to us with a passion for publishing, a heart for our mission, and deep publishing experience,” remarked Webster Younce, VP and publisher of Zondervan Books. “We are delighted that she is now part of the Zondervan team.”

Zondervan is a HarperCollins Company and part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Zondervan is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian communications. The company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Publicity Contact: Devin Duke, [email protected]

01 September

HarperCollins Christian Publishing mourns the loss of beloved Jesus Calling author Sarah Young

September 1, 2023 (Nashville, Tenn.) — With great sadness, HarperCollins Christian Publishing announces the passing of Sarah Young, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Calling.

“It has been a joy and an honor to have Sarah Young as part of our publishing family,” said Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Sarah was a remarkable woman who deeply loved God. Her words have resonated with people from all walks of life, and the global impact of her work is unparalleled.”

With more than 45 million units sold across more than 35 languages, the Jesus Calling brand is one of the most widely read devotionals of all time. Originally published in October 2004, Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence is a 365-day devotional featuring Scripture and personal reflections from Sarah.  Inspired by her personal prayer journals, Sarah wrote Jesus Calling to help people connect with Jesus and with the Bible.

“Sarah was a dear friend who will be deeply missed,” said Laura Minchew, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of the Children’s and Gift Book Group at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “Through nearly 20 years of publishing with Sarah, I had a firsthand seat at seeing millions of lives changed through the Jesus Calling books. Her books have met people in their darkest hours, taught children about Jesus, and changed lives for eternity. Knowing Sarah professionally and personally has been the privilege of a lifetime.”

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy. She credited her background in philosophy and Francis Schaeffer’s Escape from Reason as her motivation for studying with L’Abri Fellowship, a Christian community in a tiny Alpine village in France, where she became a Christian. Sarah earned a master’s degree in biblical studies and counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. There she met Stephen Young, whom she married in 1977. In 1977, Sarah and Stephen joined World Presbyterian Missions, which in 1983 merged into Mission to the World (MTW), the global missions-sending agency of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  They spent eight and a half years planting churches and ministering in Japan. From 1987 to 1991, Sarah and Stephen were on loan to Mission to North America, working with the Westminster Japanese Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1991, Sarah and Stephen moved to Melbourne, Australia, and began a Japanese language church in cooperation with the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. In 2001, the Youngs moved to Perth, where Sarah began contemplating and eventually revising her personal devotional journals into the manuscript for what would become Jesus Calling. In 2013, Steve and Sarah returned to Nashville, Tennessee, where they remained active with the PCA.

Sarah believed that praying daily for the readers of Jesus Calling was an amazing privilege and a God-given responsibility. She committed time every morning to these prayers, often in the sunroom of her Tennessee home. Even as she struggled with her own physical health, and battled cancer, she continued the ministry of these daily prayers.

“Despite the tremendous success of her books, it was never about sales for Sarah,” said Michael Aulisio, Vice President and Publisher of the Jesus Calling brand at Thomas Nelson. “Sarah cared solely about leading the reader into deeper, richer relationships with God. It is impossible to measure the effect her words have had.”

Sarah’s greatest longing was that her devotional books help readers grow closer to Jesus. The publishing team at Thomas Nelson celebrates the tremendous impact of her message, which will continue to encourage generations of readers to approach God confidently and joyfully.

Sarah is survived by her husband, two children, and six grandchildren.

ABOUT JESUS CALLING: Jesus Calling has sold more than 45 million units across more than 35 languages since its 2004 publication. The Jesus Calling brand includes children’s devotionals, Bible storybooks, journals, seasonal books, a quarterly print and digital Jesus Calling magazine, the Jesus Calling podcast, the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith television program, and an app available on both Apple and Android platforms. For additional information visit JesusCalling.com.

ABOUT THOMAS NELSON: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum, and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit ThomasNelson.com.

Publicity Contact: MacKenzie Collier, [email protected]

09 August

2021 TIME Kid of the Year Orion Jean to Publish Children’s Book on Kindness and Character: Race to Kindness to Release May 2024

Grand Rapids, MI – August 8, 2023. Zonderkidz is pleased to announce that 12-year-old Orion Jean, the 2021 TIME Magazine Kid of the Year, will publish a children’s picture book titled Race to Kindness, releasing May 7, 2024.

Illustrated by Darshika Varma, the book is inspired by Orion’s accomplishments of getting over a half million books donated to children and collecting over 100,000 meals for the food insecure in his community and across the country, all beginning when he was 9.

The book shows a boy who takes on small acts of kindness – like a smile or a wave – to bigger actions – where everyone matters and everyone can make a difference. Based on Orion’s Be K.I.N.D. initiative, the characters in the book use the letters in the word kind to “Keep your eyes open,” “Include others,” think about how “Nothing is too small” and to“Do something about it” when someone is struggling or facing a challenge.

This one book deal with Jean was acquired by Katherine Easter, Acquisitions Editor for Zonderkidz/HarperCollins, for world rights.

“Orion’s story was so inspiring to us and we want to help him reach more young readers with this message of kindness to do what they can, from wherever they are. Working with Orion and his family has been a true joy! His passion fits our publishing mission so well,” says Megan Dobson, Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz.

More information on Jean and the new book can be found here: www.racetokindnessbook.com His profile as the 2021 TIME Kid of the Year when he was 11 can be found here: https://time.com/6144632/kid-of-the-year-2021-orion-jean/

Orion makes his home in Mansfield, Texas where he looks forward to attending 8th grade this fall.

The book is now available for pre-orders wherever books are sold. Advance review copies of the book and media interviews are available upon request; please contact Publicity Director Jessica Westra at [email protected]. A full media tour is planned for May 2024.

About the book:

Race to Kindness

Author: TIME 2021 Kid of the Year Orion Jean
Illustrator: Darshika Varma
9780310152552
Hardcover picture book, ages 4 – 8 (will also be available in audio and e-book) Release date: May 7, 2024

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imaginative, innovative and educational resources that represent a Christian worldview and build up God’s children and teens. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan’s offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

11 May

HarperCollins Christian Publishing Wins Five 2023 Christian Book Awards

10 titles across seven categories honored as finalists

Nashville, Tenn., May 2023 — HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) congratulates its authors and publishing teams who were honored with five 2023 Christian Book Awards on May 9, 2023, at an awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. These awards are presented annually by the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) and honor the “best of the year” in Christian books and Bibles.

The five winning titles from HCCP are:

  • Bible Reference Works – Early New Testament Apocrypha: Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies with Christopher Edwards, Editor (Zondervan Academic)
  • Biography & Memoir – Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God by Tim Challies (Zondervan Reflective)
  • Devotion & Gift – When You Don’t Know What to Pray: 100 Essential Prayers for Enduring Life’s Storms by Charles F. Stanley (Zondervan)
  • Faith & Culture – Still Time to Care: What We Can Learn from the Church’s Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality by Greg Johnson (Zondervan Reflective)
  • New Author – Breath as Prayer: Calm Your Anxiety, Focus Your Mind, and Renew Your Soul by Jennifer Tucker (Thomas Nelson Gift)

In addition to the award-winners, 10 HCCP titles were selected as finalists across seven categories. The 10 HCCP finalists are:

  • Bibles – NIV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible (Zondervan)
  • Bible Study – New Testament Everyday Bible Study Series: Acts by Scot McKnight (HarperChristian Resources)
  • Bible Study – The Women of the Bible Speak Workbook by Shannon Bream (HarperChristian Resources)
  • Biography & Memoir – America, a Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity by Senator Tim Scott (Thomas Nelson)
  • Christian Living – Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms by Justin Whitmel Earley (Zondervan)
  • Christian Living – How to Hear God: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig (Zondervan Reflective)
  • Devotion & Gift – You Can Count on God: 365 Devotions by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson)
  • New Author – A Christian’s Guide to Planet Earth: Why It Matters and How to Care for It by Betsy Painter (Zondervan)
  • Young People’s Literature – The Wonder of Creation: 100 More Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio with Tama Fortner; illustrated by Nicola Anderson (Tommy Nelson)
  • Young People’s Literature – You Can Count on God: 100 Devotions for Kids by Max Lucado (Tommy Nelson)

“We are honored that these five titles have been recognized by the ECPA as some of Christian publishing’s best releases of the year,” says Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of HCCP. “From a record-breaking pool of nearly 400 entries, I’m proud of our winning and nominated authors who chose to partner with us, as well as our publishing teams for their commitment and focus to accomplish our company mission to inspire the world.”

The Christian Book Award® program has recognized the absolute highest quality in Christian books since 1978, when it was called the Gold Medallion Award. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Award® program is the oldest and among the most prestigious awards in the religious publishing industry.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

The world’s leading Christian publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. comprises the Thomas Nelson, Zondervan and HarperChristian Resources publishing groups and imprints, BibleGateway.com, FaithGateway.com, StudyGateway.com and ChurchSource.com. The Company produces bestselling Bibles, inspirational books, academic resources, curriculum, audio and digital content for the Christian market space. Bible Gateway is the world’s largest Christian website with more than 29 million unique visitors each month.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. For more information visit harpercollinschristian.com.