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Leah’s Star

Written by Margaret Bateson-Hill
Illustrations Karin Littlewood
ISBN: 9781907825545
Price: £12.99
Format: 260 x 215mm
Extent: 32 pages
Age: 4+

Rights sold: USA&Canada, Germany, Denmark

Bethlehem has never been so busy! Leah, the innkeeper’s daughter, is rushed off her feet. Then in the starlight, miracles begin. This beautiful, fresh new telling of the Nativity story, through the eyes of a young girl, brings a wonderful humanity to this familiar tale.

The story is beautifully told with stunning illustrations. The text and illustrations work so perfectly together they make the Christmas story speak to each reader on a very personal level.


A retelling told over the shoulder of Leah, the innkeeper’s daughter. Littlewood’s watercolours and Bateson-Hill’s read-aloud narrative bring a sense of realism to the Nativity story.


What a wonderful book, it feels a very fresh, compassionate and contemporary retelling and Karin’s illustrations are, as ever, stunning.