Join one Black family on their journey to discover what the real Santa looks like in this joyous tale celebrating identity, family and holiday cheer, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bedtime Bonnet.
It’s not Christmas without Santa! But what does Santa truly look like? Does he match the figurines on the mantel, or the faces on our favorite
holiday sweaters? Does he look like you or like me?
Find out in this joyous and cozy celebration of family, representation, and holiday spirit! Destined to be a new classic, and perfect for any child looking to see some of themself in Santa Claus.
October 26, 2021
Preschool - 3
Lexile: AD570L | Fountas/Pinnell: L
Nancy Redd is an award-winning on-air host, a New York Times
and USA Toda
y best-selling author, a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner, an NAACP Image Award nominee for outstanding literary work, and a GLAAD Media Award nominee for outstanding digital journalism. She is also the author of the highly-acclaimed picture book BEDTIME BONNET. Called "the perfect combination of style and substance" by Essence
magazine, Nancy holds an honors degree in women's studies from Harvard University. THE REAL SANTA was inspired by Nancy's family's own beloved Christmas traditions. Find Nancy online at www.nancyredd.com.
Growing up, Charnelle Pinkney Barlow was surrounded by art. Her passion for illustration grew after being introduced to the wonderful world of watercolor. She received her BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts and her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. Creating images and stories that speak to the hearts of children and those that guide them is her greatest joy. Charnelle currently lives in Indianapolis with her husband. When she's not drawing, she is baking, sewing or reading with a cup of tea by her side. Find her online at www.callmechartreuse.com.
"This heartwarming depiction of a loving Black family experiencing a beloved holiday is a delight to behold and is just what many have been waiting for." —Kirkus
, starred review
"Redd’s representation of a Black family during the holidays radiates pride in self-identity, while Barlow’s cozy mixed-media illustrations conjure the wonder of the season in this welcome, resonant tale." —Publishers Weekly,
"...Lovingly depicts the family engaging in holiday traditions and routines like braiding hair before bed. A warm tale for Kingle-curious kids." —Booklist
"Cozy, detailed art in Christmassy colors supports a joyous story of self-worth and inclusivity." —The Horn Book
"A satisfying Christmas tale that is overdue, and wonderful addition to the shelves." —School Library Journal