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New Children’s Publishing Imprint, Sparkhouse Family, Will Offer Children’s Books and Animated Videos

Contact: Kiersti Adams,

MINNEAPOLIS, April 7, 2015 — sparkhouse, a division of Augsburg Fortress, is pleased to announce its new children’s trade imprint, Sparkhouse Family. The imprint’s launch list will release on August 4, 2015, and it will include three illustrated Bibles, six picture books, and eight DVDs containing animated videos.

sparkhouse, a leading provider of curriculum resources for churches, is leveraging its long-standing expertise in faith-based multimedia resources to offer parents a broad selection of products that are both faith-filled and entertaining for today’s children. “The team here at sparkhouse excels in using creativity and storytelling to create inspiring, Bible-based learning. Extending those efforts into the trade market is a natural next step,” says Tim Paulson, Vice President & Publisher of sparkhouse.

The imprint launches with a variety of appealing picture books, illustrated Bibles, and animated videos. For example, the Spark Bible Stories series of picture books launches with The Story of Creation and The Story of Moses and God’s Promise, richly illustrated stories perfect for reading aloud. The Holy Moly product line focuses on hilarious, accessible retellings of Bible stories that encourage kids’ creative engagement with them. The line contains an illustrated Bible, a series of picture books, and an animated DVD series. The Whirl product line offers two animated video series-Whirl: Ada & Friends for ages 3-6 and Whirl: Leo & Friends for ages 7-10-that each focus on a group of kids navigating age-appropriate real-life problems using biblical values. Finally, the Connect: Becky & Todd’s Bible Adventures line launches with an animated series featuring a group of preteen kids running a community theater that specializes in theatrical productions of Bible stories.

More titles in each of these series will follow in October 2015 and February 2016, and the imprint plans to build out future lists with additional types of faith-based children’s multimedia products.

Jill Braithwaite has been hired as Director of Product Development for the Sparkhouse Family imprint. Braithwaite formerly led product development at both Capstone and Red Line Editorial.

More details about the imprint and its launch list can be found at