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Celebrating Black Santa Claus in Children's Books

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In a world where diversity and representation are paramount, these festive tales featuring Black Santa Claus bring the spirit of the holiday season to life in a way that resonates with children of all backgrounds. Books like the ones featured here can help shape a more inclusive and imaginative world for young readers.


Let's celebrate the magic of Black Santa Claus with these fabulous and festive children's books.


For your convenience, we've included publisher's descriptions along with each book.

A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas. This is a holiday gift readers will treasure for years to come!


It's two weeks before Christmas, and Deja is worried that Santa might not be able to visit her--after all, as a city kid, she doesn't have a chimney for him to come down and none of the parking spots on her block could fit a sleigh, let alone eight reindeer! But with a little help from her family, community, and Santa himself, Deja discovers that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in her city.


With bold, colorful illustrations that capture the joy of the holidays, this picture book from award-winning author Tiffany D. Jackson and illustrator Reggie Brown is not to be missed.


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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.


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We all know that Santa Claus is one cool dude! But how is he as a houseguest? Find out in this hilarious picture book by bestselling author Derrick Barnes!


The number one thing on Monte and Mabel's Christmas wish list is the chance to hang out with Santa Claus. So when his sleigh breaks down in their yard as he's finishing up his last delivery, they couldn't be more delighted--Santa's gonna stay with them while he waits for spare parts to be delivered! It's a dream come true . . . or is it? It turns out Santa doesn't have a lot of experience being a houseguest, and likes to rock out late at night and swigs spaghetti sauce from the jar. But when he messes with Dad's motorcycle and Mabel's computer tablet, he's gone a step too far and the whole family agrees--Santa's gotta go! But how on earth do you kick out Santa Claus?


Readers will get a kick out of this hilarious holiday tale by New York Times bestselling author Derrick Barnes, with its funny reminder to be careful what you wish for and to remember that sharing the holiday spirit can take a lot of goodwill.


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Explore the sights and sounds of the holiday season in this feel-good picture book illustrated by award-winning artist Frank Morrison.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and a mother and daughter are enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The little girl hears sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing—RING-A-LING! She smells chestnuts roasting—CRUNCH! CRUNCH! CRUNCH!—and sees the flashing lights of the department store windows—BLING! BLING! BLING! She spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish—for peace and love everywhere, all the days of the year! In the same feel-good style of I Got the Rhythm, this text celebrates the joys of the holiday season, once again illustrated by award-winning artist Frank Morrison.


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Step inside the magical world of Little Santa's Workshop!


Shining bright from above. Hot cocoa and so much love.

Santa's workshop is lots of fun. HoHoHome to everyone!

Discover the magical world of Little Santa's Workshop! Step inside the toy workshop, feed candy canes to the reindeer, and taste a sugary sweet in the kitchen. Full of joy and good vibes, Lala Watkins' bright illustrations are completely charming and totally irresistible. So pack your snow boots and travel to the North Pole, and get ready to fall in love with the whimsical, magical world of Little Santa's Workshop!


The first book in a new series from author-illustrator Lala Watkins, bringing joy and sunshine to babies and toddlers!


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Unicorn best friends Magical, Unique, and Divine are getting ready to welcome Santa in this Christmas picture-book adventure. Celebrate your inner unicorn with the first holiday book in the Afro Unicorn line! Includes countdown calendar and stickers.


December is finally here, and all the unicorns in the kingdom of Afronia are excited to meet Santa. But when Santa gets lost on the way, the unicorns fear that Christmas will be ruined. It's up to Magical, Unique, and Divine to use their superpowers of love and kindness to save Christmas. Let the Christmas countdown begin in this tale of love and hope for the holidays!


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Amalia the Elf loves everything about making teddy bears . . .


Watching Grandma and Mama sew!

Feeling the soft, velvety fur!

Imagining the bears in their new homes!

. . . except the bear-making part.


Worried about disappointing her family, Amalia goes straight to Santa for advice. But it's Mrs. Claus who knows how to solve Amalia's problem--and who needs help with a secret of her own.


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meena Harris, The Truth About Mrs. Claus is an empowering story about being true to yourself, honoring family traditions, and believing in Christmas magic.


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