Kid Review – Jesús, Mary, and Joseph – Christmas Picture Book

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Jesús, Mary, and Joseph

Written by Kathleen T. Pelley

Illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Journey with Story Press | ISBN-13: 9780578651965

Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.




Pelley, Kathleen T. Jesús, Mary, and Joseph. Illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic. Parker, CO: Journey with Story Press, 2021.

Christmas is my favorite time of year. Watching little ones act out the Biblical Christmas story is enjoyable – you never know quite what to expect. Kathleen Pelley has captured the innocent heart attitude of many young children. The prayers of main character Jesús make up the majority of the text, showing children that we can talk to God about anything. The behavior of Jesús during the play is just precious and shows an attitude we should all have toward the needy in our midst. Dubravka Kolanovic created illustrations that are child-like and complement the text well. I think Jesús, Mary, and Joseph will become a Christmas favorite. 

In my opinion, Jesús, Mary, and Joseph should have a spot in every K-12 Christian school library as well as church, classroom and family libraries. 

This review was prepared in partnership with partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Kathleen T. Pelley. This is my honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Kathleen T. Pelley

KATHLEEN T. PELLEY is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. She is the award-winning author of seven other picture books and hosts her own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.

For more information, visit


Enter for a chance to win a Jesús, Mary, and Joseph prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A paperback copy of Five Little Angels

An Audible copy of Five Little Angels

A $25 Barnes and Noble gift card

A Nativity sticker book

A shoutout on the Journey with Story podcast

Five (5) winners receive:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A Nativity sticker book

Click here for the entry form:

The giveaway ends November 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

One comment

  1. What a great sounding book for kiddos and grownups, and just in time for Christmas! I love the book cover. Thank you for the chance. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

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