Dear God, It’s me – Jesús. Mama said you’d never have any problem remembering me because I’ve got the same name as your son. Can you please help me get a part in our school Nativity play?
After Jesús finally lands a part as an innkeeper in his school’s Nativity play, he asks God to help him be the best innkeeper ever. Day by day, he grows more and more confident in his role, but on opening night, he finds himself so swept up in this long ago world, that when Mary and Joseph ask him, “Do you have any room at your inn?” he comes up with his own answer, causing chaos on the stage.
Kathleen T. Pelley is the author of seven other picture books, some of which have been included on the “best of the year” lists in Bank Street College of Education, and were named as Colorado Book Award winners, among others. She has been sharing her passion for stories with people of all ages and all walks of life as a lector at her church, as a narrator of books for the blind, as a storyteller at a low income school and most recently, by hosting her own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story, with between 40 and 50 thousand downloads per month. Kathleen grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where she too, like Jesús, once landed a part as Innkeeper #2 in the class Nativity play – but, unlike, Jesús, she was not a star! When she is not reading or writing, telling or listening to stories, Kathleen enjoys hiking the trails of sunny Colorado with her husband and their two Golden retrievers.