Countdown to Christmas Picture Book Review: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus!


I’ve been wishing for a cute picture book that told the story of the famous letter that Virginia O’Hanlon got from the editor of the New York Sun back in 1897, telling her that, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus…”

Here it is! I love the gorgeous, illuminous, gleaming illustrations. Every page is a feast for the eyes! I really like the author’s details that take this real event and makes it into a fictionalized, fun story with twists and turns. I like the emphasis that the Santas we see in stores are not real Santas. I like that it says that we can all be a “Santa” by giving to others.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I wish it would tell the history of the real Santa Claus, St. Nicholas. If you read this story to your kids, be prepared to answer their questions and have a discussion. It emphasizes a little too much that the “spirit” of Santa is real, without saying that this really is a spirit or feeling. I wish it would gently say that there is no such person who wears a red suit and lives at the North Pole. Kids might end up being confused. I also wish it at least alluded to the real story of Christmas, the true and real story of the baby Jesus being born.

For the absolute best story of Santa Claus, see my review of the best Christmas classic right over here.

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