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The heavens prepare. A Child arrives. God’s gift is revealed.

“A thought-provoking, cross-cultural retelling of the Nativity story.”—The Horn Book

Holy Night and Little Star by Mitali Perkins, Khoa Le

Holy Night and Little Star

Written By Mitali Perkins; Illustrated by Khoa Le

A luminous and tender retelling of the Christmas story from National Book Award nominee Mitali Perkins, author of Bare Tree and Little Wind, that is sure to become a cherished holiday favorite for families of faith.

Little Star likes her usual spot in the night sky over Bethlehem. Every night, she twinkles above the hills and hopes that nothing will change. But one night, Maker gathers the galaxy! Holy Night is coming, and Maker wants the planets, Moon, and the stars to all take part. 

As Maker doles out jobs, Little Star holds back, each new role sounding too hard or too scary. But when Maker eventually calls on her to shine, Little Star discovers she is ready and able to welcome the Child and joins the other stars and planets in celebration.

Khoa Le’s shimmering illustrations are the perfect complement to Mitali’s unique take on the Christmas story. Readers young and old will be captivated by Little Star’s journey as she discovers that Maker welcomes even the quietest gifts. Parents of faith will appreciate the message about the true gifts of Christmas and the foreshadowing of Jesus’ mission of salvation, making it a book families can enjoy together year after year.

“A unique retelling of the Nativity that will surprise and delight.”—Kirkus Reviews

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An excerpt from the book, Holy Night and Little Star
An excerpt from the book, Holy Night and Little Star
An excerpt from the book, Holy Night and Little Star
An excerpt from the book, Holy Night and Little Star
An excerpt from the book, Holy Night and Little Star

“Those already familiar with or curious about the Biblical nativity story will find a delightful read.”—School Library Journal

A Christmas flatlay featuring Holy Night and Little Star, book-themed Advent resource printable, and a mobile phone with the devotional displayed on the screen.

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Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins has written many novels and picture books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near, Forward Me Back to You, Rickshaw Girl, and Bamboo People. Her books have been nominated for the National Book Award, won the South Asia Book Award, and listed as Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. Born in Kolkata, India, Perkins has lived in India, Ghana, Cameroon, Great Britain, Mexico, Bangladesh, Thailand, and the United States (Massachusetts, New York, and California). Perkins's work is known for its strong characters, who cross all kinds of borders, seek community, and promote justice. She and her husband have two sons and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Meet the Author

Nov 25 2023 (Sat)
Flintridge Bookstore 858 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Story Time and Book Signing
11:00 AM PST
Dec 3 2023 (Sun)
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church 1801 Lacassie Ave. 7 Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Family Story Time
10:00 AM PST

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