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Little Santa

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic.

Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family?  Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Dial Books
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A look at the Claus family, they don't take to Artic life and look at moving somewhere warmer. Youngest son Santa however loves it and likes nothing better than when the snow has reached the roof of the house using the chimney to get in and out of the building.

A simple story about Santa's early life.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay . . . I know that this is a picture book about a jolly old elf and I shouldn't be such a smitty, but was anyone else HORRIFIED by the fact that the Claus family left their youngest child behind when they moved? He was what . . . 8 years old, at the oldest??!? The art was cute, though. ...more
Kind of a fun little story about how a young boy in the disgruntled Claus family becomes the jolly Santa we know today. Some cute, clever bits but I also didn't like one of the main plot points at all and think it might be upsetting for some kids. ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really cute portrayal of Santa Claus as a child. Shows how he befriended a flying reindeer and some elves. I really like Jon Agee's illustration style and this book did not disappoint. I think it will be big hit when I read aloud in December to elementary students. ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Awwww!! Such a sweet story. It's a unique re-imagining of how Santa was like when he was a kid and how he ended up becoming the Santa we know today. ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jon Agee Fans / Readers Looking for Stories About Santa Claus
Santa lived with his parents and his six siblings at the North Pole. Unlike his family, he loved his arctic home, enjoying the snow, the cold, and the pine trees. When his parents announced that the entire family would be moving to Florida, Santa wasn't happy. Then a huge blizzard snowed them in, and Santa's penchant for climbing chimneys came in handy, leading to an adventure in which he met a magical reindeer and a colony of elves. The North Pole (and Santa!) would never be the same again...

Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Christmas books are tricky. They are often too sugary and sparkly or simply dull. Happily, each year there are little holiday gems. This is one of those. It is the story of a young Santa and how he grew up and became the Santa everyone loves. Santa grew up at the North Pole along with his large family. While he loved it there, everyone else in his family hated it. They planned to move to Florida instead. But just when everyone was packed and ready to leave, a huge blizzard hit. It was up to Sant ...more
Andrew Lovell
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Santa's childhood story. The book had so much potential but I believe it was lacking, more depth and explanation. Santana family was moving to Florida... But why? The elves built him a sleigh... But why? The family left in the end but why did Santa stay exactly? Obviously adults know the answer but not all children will make the connection with Florida or to the need of a sleigh. It was an enjoyable book and I think it deserves 3 stars, but it could have easily been a 4 or 5 star book with more ...more
Turns out, Santa Claus is the youngest of seven children. Who knew? Also, his North-Pole-living family is a miserable unit of chores and cold comfort. Not child Santa, though. (His name is actually Santa) No, he's an upbeat kid, always decorating the trees and helping out here and there. He loves the North Pole and all it offers...and then his family decides to move to Florida.

The best takeaway from this book: Knowing that elves say, "Holy snowflakes!" That is just hilarious.
This is an adorable "becoming Santa" story, complete with Jon Agee's illustrations (which I love). I love how cheerful and optimistic Santa is, even as a child. And it's such a simple story. This would have been perfect for the Christmas storytime I was trying to do, but it did not come in time. Next year! ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I keep hoping to find just the right 'Santa as a child' story and, iirc, the closest I ever found was either a Little Golden book or some other simple, affordable supermarket line. It's not this. ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
...and you know the rest of the story.
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A Santa origin story that's a little different than the usual. ...more
Kari S
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Put this one on your Christmas list, kiddos. It's adorable with great illustrations. I read it aloud to a few groups of kids at Montauk today & it was a hit. Bonus: the little dog looks like Wrigley. ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to read aloud to your kids in class. After reading this book I'd talk about seeing the bright side of things like chores and being more positive in doing your daily routine. The book starts out with introducing Mr. and Mrs. Claus who live at the North Pole with their children—Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa. Life’s not easy, what with the constant chores. Only little Santa (decked out in a red-hooded onesie) savors both the work and the fun of living in a sn ...more
Emily Costella
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute story. This story begins by telling readers all about how miserable the Claus family is in the North Pole. Everyone except for Santa. He loves the North Pole and is devastated when his family decides to move to Florida. The night they are supposed to leave, a huge blizzard blows through, leaving them trapped. Santa goes to find help, finding a reindeer and elves who build him a sleigh. They get his family out of the house and have a better winter. However, his family still d ...more
Hunter Robinson
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love Christmas? Especially kids. This is a story about how the child version of Santa grew up to be the Santa that children all around the world love today. I think this is an amazing story for children around the 2nd or 3rd grade level, because droning this time children's imaginations are firing off in all kinds of different directions, and I feel a child with a great imagination is a happy child. It also teaches the reader a lesson about growing up, and what all it may take to do ...more
Robyn Carroll
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Santa is the story of how Santa came to be known as the man who gives presents to kids every Christmas. Santa being known as the person who gives children all presents starts with Santa having to find a way to get his family out of the snow storm. He meets the reindeer and the elves when he was looking for assistance in getting his family out so they could go to Florida. This book would be a great read-aloud during Christmas time. The book itself is simple enough for kindergarten or first ...more
Andrew Everson
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This picture book is about little Santa Clause, he loved everything about the North Pole except for the rest of the family. The family decided to move to Florida and this made Santa very upset, then the next morning the family got trapped in the house by a blizzard. Throughout the book Santa meets all of his friends and workers, like the reindeer and elves. His family decided to move to Florida while Santa decided to stay behind. This book can be read for grades 2-4th, this is a book i could rea ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Santa is an adorable story picture book which tells the story of young Santa. I love this book because I think students will love Santa's journey and quest to stop his family from moving to Florida. The illustrator does a wonderful job creating pictures students are sure to love. I'd recommend it for Pre-2nd grade. ...more
Homewood Library
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Christmas picture books. This is the story of the Claus family and their little boy named Santa that wears an adorable little red snowsuit and loves living at the North Pole. He meets a reindeer and some elves, his family moves to Florida and then the real Santa story begins.

- Miss Joyce
Tyler Jones
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Today, I did two Santa themed story times at the library I work in and this book was a hit in both. Agee's big, bold illustrations work well for large groups of children but have enough detail to be effective as a bed time book as well. The sense of humour appeals to older children, but the story is simple enough for younger tots to follow. A winner. ...more
Nora Manriquez
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
I like this book because it can show children that Santa was once a child too. However, it would not be good to let children believe that they can stay behind and not follow their family. If only this book could not have had that ending then it would be a great book, still good not doesn't send a good message at the end. ...more
Leah Grant
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Little Santa" by Jon Agee explores the story of how Santa Clause became the Christmas icon that he is today. When a huge snow storm traps his family in their home, Santa is able to climb up the chimney. There he gets the help of reindeer and elf friends to free his family from the snow. Santa decides to stay in the North Pole and continue spreading cheer to people.
I would read this book to first through fourth grade. This would be a good book to read aloud to students during the holiday season.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Santa's family didn't like living in the North Pole but Santa did. One day, there is a blizzard and they are all trapped. Santa goes out to get help to rescue his family. Along the way, he finds a flying reindeer, elves, and and a sleigh.

Very cute book. Simple but fun illustrations.
Jolyce Abernathy
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Christmas picture books. This is the story of the Claus family and their little boy named Santa that wears an adorable little red snowsuit and loves living at the North Pole. He meets a reindeer and some elves, his family moves to Florida and then the real Santa story begins.
Raven Black
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also available in a hardcover/full sized. Quirky story about how Santa became THE Santa we all know. Typical Agee style of writing and illustrations. The story might be a little long for the board book crowd, but it is a really sweet size.
Donna Mork
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute origins of Santa story.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did you ever wonder about the early years of Sanda Claus? This is the least Jon Agee's version. Very entertaining. ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
He didn't wanna go away, and he grew up. And he comes at Christmas! ...more
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