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Ned Bustard

ned-roundMaker of books filled with yarn balls and leprechauns, saints and sailors, art and music, theology and mythology, spies and mermaids, history and geography, . . . and more.


Ned Bustard is a graphic designer and printmaker. He has written and illustrated many children’s books, including the “Legends & Leagues” geography series and the early readers Ella Sings JazzThe Story of Sir Galahad, and The Sailing Saint. He has written a historical fiction called Squalls Before War: His Majesty’s Schooner Sultana. For Square Halo Books he edited It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God and It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God. He also worked with Stephen J. Nichols to create The Church History ABCs.

Ned is on the board of ASCHA (The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art) and on staff with CIVA (Christians in the Visual arts). He grew up in Grace Reformed Episcopal Church and helped start Wheatland Presbyterian Church. Ned is the Creative Director for Square Halo Books, Inc. and Gallery Director of Square Halo Gallery. Ned and his wife, Leslie, live in the west end of Lancaster, PA. They have three daughters.

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Legends & Leagues Coloring Book!


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It was Good: Making Music To the Glory of God



Reviews of Ned’s Books

  • "It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God is an important book that I hope will help initiate the discussion that should have begun decades ago."

    — Douglas Wilson
  • The Church History ABCs really is tremendous-looking. I think it is one of the more artfully designed kid's picture books on any Christian publishing house. And the content? Whewie, let's hear it for nerdiness of the first order. . . . "


    — Byron Borger
  • "Lively, engaging and eminently readable—[It Was Good: Making Music to the Glory of God] shows that it is still possible to write about music in a way that enriches our experience of it. Above all, it will renew your gratitude to God for making such an art possible."

    — Jeremy Begbie
  • "Each year my first grade class enjoys practicing the phonetic sounds for 'OO' as they read the story of the Red Hood. No, not the one about a little girl in the woods. It is a spy adventure . . . that begins on page 007!"

    — Sharon Strawbridge
  • "First graders at our school are introduced to Mr. Latitude and Mr. Longitude in the first few weeks of school in a geography unit. They love the details of the pages as I read the story to them. Mr. Bustard has created funny and fun characters to help young ones learn to love knowing where they are on maps!"

    — Sharon Strawbridge
  • “E is for eggs, elephants, and Jonathan Edwards. How did I miss that when I learned the alphabet? Alas, public education. But now, thanks to The Church History ABCs, a new book by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard, the breakdown in my education has been corrected.”

    — Gregg Metcalf
  • “Delightfully produced, hilariously illustrated, The Church History ABCs captures the imagination . . . This should be in every home.”

    — Derek Thomas