Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stories Starring Santa!

Looking to beef up your Christmas children's book collection?  Or maybe you're like us and you just can't pass up on a wonderful holiday book to add to your ridiculous never ending obsession?  Either way, we're here for you! Until Christmas we'll be creating some lists of our favorites starting with Santa!

(Whitalics here! Hi! So these italicky Santa books are some of the most requested ones in my house and the good news is I'm happy to read these ones over and over!)

Santa's Secrets Revealed by James Solheim stars a NON believer kid.  My boys just loved this book (since they face non believers at school everyday).  In it Santa takes this kid and shows him how all the amazing stuff he does IS actually possible.  Pretty cute.

How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky is new to us this year. It's cute and clever and pretty darn funny why his other jobs don't work out! We actually first read (and read and read)  How Santa Lost His Job so you might want to check out a copy of that too.

Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee is one of the most delightful Christmas books about Santa in existence.  Such a cute Santa (none of the creepiness factor that you find in depicted Santas all the time… you guys know what I'm talking about, right?).

In Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene we find Santa enjoying some midnight snacks…okay, a lot of midnight snacks. Too many…see the title for a clue. Oh and this one's a rhymer so it make a nice read aloud for the preschool crowd.

Looking for a true Santa Christmas Classic?  You'll want to get a copy of Jolly Old Santa Claus by Patricia Pingry.  The illustrations are fabulous.  It's a straight forward book telling about what Santa does to prepare for Christmas.  It's beautiful and simple.  My personal copy is a board book.

The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett doesn't really focus on Santa, but rather on one very very VERY naughty little boy's quest to take Santa down! Don't worry, he fails and Santa still delivers! My kids are big fans of this one.

How many of you have read Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien?  They are incredible!  The detail that Tolkien went into to make Christmas magical for his children is just amazing.  Seriously he puts all you Elf on the Shelf folks to shame.  ;) (Ouch!)  Btw, this one is more for grown ups- with sections you'd want to share with your kids.

How Santa Really Works by Alan Snow is like some sort of expose` and behind the scenes look into all things Santa. There's diagrams and charts and explanations of training the elves and fitting down the chimney and seeing who's naughty or nice, etc. Plus fun cartoony pictures and word bubbles. Lilac (age 10) thinks this one is very cool. 

Finally we have,  Peter Claus and the Naughty List by David Lawrence.  This story really tickled me.  You see, Santa has a son (Peter) who always ends up on the naughty list.  Poor Peter never gets any presents and he has real empathy for all those naughty kids in the world.  Fun story!  Bringing hope to the naughty kids everywhere.


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