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My Pen Pal, Santa

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Writing a letter to Santa is fairly simple; you make your case and list your hoped-for gifts. But if you're a hard-core fan like Ava, a letter to Santa is something entirely different. A simple New Year's note to the North Pole about some uneaten cookies kicks off a year-long correspondence between a young girl and the jolly guy in the red suit in this joyful epistolary pi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2013)
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Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review posted at The Children's Book and Media Review

In January, Ava writes a thank-you note to Santa Claus that starts a whole year of being pen pals with Santa. Santa replies to her questions, so Ava writes to Santa about Valentine’s Day in February, the tooth fairy in March, Easter in April, gardens in May, the naughty list in June, the Fourth of July, vacations in August, birthdays in September, Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, and her questions about Christmas in Decembe
Angie Quantrell
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A little girl corresponds with Santa all year long, forming a special friendship.
Sara Grochowski
In this delightful story Ava sends Santa Claus a letter, thanking him for her gifts and inquiring after his New Year plans. Surprised that someone is thinking of him after Christmas, Santa writes back, beginning a year long correspondence with Ava that leads right up until following holiday season. Ava, full of curiosity and questions, asks many of the things children will often ask of their parents, but receives answers directly from Santa himself! I loved that this story addresses the tough qu ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This series of comments between Santa and Ava are very cute. She writes once a month, from just after Christmas in January to the following December, making comments and asking questions; Santa's return letters answer them. Much is mentioned about believing in Santa vs. not believing in Santa (he's real for those who want to believe and not real for those who don't want to believe). I think some ... most ... young children, still strong believers, after thinking about this, would have questions ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ava is six years old and starts off her year by sending Santa Claus a thank you note. Santa answers back. The two continue their letter writing throughout the year, with a new letter exchanged each month. Ava learns that Santa has met the tooth fairy and takes a vacation to the beach each year. Santa counsels Ava when her brother and her friends call her a baby for believing in him.

This is a good book for teaching the months of the year, and the lost art of letter writing. Ava and Santa have sh
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A cute story about a little girl named Ava who writes to Santa Claus first to thank him for her Christmas presents and after he replies, they become pen pals and share letters throughout the year. The illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell was really adorable! I was annoyed by one major issue-Santa's reply to Ava's July 4th letter in which he said he could see the fireworks in Alaska and Maine. BUT on July 4th the North Pole's sky would never get dark enough to see fireworks! Despite the fictional na ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
My 4 year-old liked it, but I skipped over the parts questioning whether Santa was real or not, and how the other kids were calling her a baby for believing in Santa. He is not currently doubting Santa's existence and it would ruin it for him to put it in there.
Sharon Lawler
Ava strikes up a year long correspondence with Santa when she sends him a thank you note for her Christmas presents. Valentine's, the 4th of July, and the tooth fairy are all up for discussion. Every kid will want Santa for their pen pal!
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Really cute & what a great message. Kids of all ages get a gentle remind to send a thank you after receiving a gift (adults even - I know I am guilty!). A great gift for children of young ages.

Merry Christmas & Happy Reading!
Anna French
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an amazing,wonderful book
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas, picture
Cute story. Loved the illustrations!
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, letters, santa
Little girl writes Santa a monthly letter to Santa and he replies.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
what a great idea for a book. I think I'll read this book to the kids in January. it's a bit long so I'm not sure if it will hold their attention, but it was such a cute idea!
Rachel Watkins
Do you know a child who is obsessed with Christmas all year round? This sweet picture book's story is told through letters from six year old Ava to Santa Claus.
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