The Real Santa
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.
Praise for The Real Santa
"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, starred review
"...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