by Nancy Amanda Redd; illustrated by Charnelle Barlow Pinkney
A young Black boy prepares for Christmas, including his favorite tradition of adding to his collection of brown-skinned Santa Claus figurines. As festive preparations continue, the protagonist begins to wonder what the "real Santa" looks like. His parents and grandparents can't confirm, but the playful spirit of curiosity that guides the reader through the story also reflects the warmth of their family celebrations. Finally, on Christmas Eve, he decides the only way to answer the question is to stay up late until he catches a glimpse of the real Santa. Alas, he falls asleep under their tree while waiting. But the story has a magical twist in store, as the child wakes up being carried back to his bed by Santa -who "looks just like I hoped he would....just like me." This joyful and affirming story is brought to life by Charnelle Barlow Pinkney's mixed-media illustrations.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.