The Real Santa

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Random House Books for Young Readers
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10.24 X 9.92 X 0.47 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Nancy Redd is an award-winning on-air host, a New York Times and USA Today 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

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
"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