Dec 202018
Christmas Books with Black Characters: the Santa Battles

In a heartbreaking blow, my oldest daughter told me she preferred white Santa to brown Santa.


Why does she even have to have a preference??!! I think she’s trying to get my goat. Mission accomplished. Immediately, I started digging to find Christmas books that featured black kids, black families and black Santas. Here are some of the books I came up with:

The Night Before Christmas: An African American Retelling by Noland Nixon

The Day Santa Got Sick by Deanne Samuels, illustrated by Oliver Kryzz Bundoc




Silent Night by Lara Hawthorne




A Very Noisy Christmas by Tim Thornborough




A Treasury of African American Christmas Stories by Bettye Collier-Thomas



And for good measure….

My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz



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