by Martha Brockenbrough, illustrated by Lee White
Arthur A Levine Books, 2017
This book is sure to become a classic, as it dispels the myth of Santa in a loving, affirming way. It will be a hit with kids, as half the pages invite children to open letters tucked inside envelopes.
Beginning when Lucy was five, she wrote a letter to Santa, and Santa wrote back. When she was six, she wrote another letter, and Santa wrote back. When she was seven, she started a letter, but…asking for stuff didn’t matter as much. By the time she was eight, she suspected that Santa was not real and the presents had come from mom. Her mother wrote a letter back explaining Santa’s job is not to deliver presents, but to help us ‘believe’. Her mother tells Lucy she is now on Santa’s team. A touching story that reframes ‘Santa’ in a new, fresh way.