Ms. Park, author of Seesaw Girl, Project Mulberry, and Newbery Medal-winner A Single Shard, among many others, recommends How Many Miles to Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Peter Malone. She writes,
I think many folks are familiar with the golden oldies, so I decided to choose a newer title. In this book, the story of the Nativity is told in gorgeous language (Crossley-Holland is an accomplished poet as well as a storyteller) from many different points of view--even the donkey's! We read the Nativity story at least once during the holiday, either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, and a few years ago I was delighted to come across this version. In our family, it's already a classic.Linda Sue Park is a member of the NCBLA board of directors. Her latest book is Keeping Score. For more information, see her NCBLA bio or her website.