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Love, Santa

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  68 reviews
The beautiful truth about Santa

In a series of letters, a young girl writes to Santa to ask about the North Pole, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Christmas goodies. Year after year, Santa writes back, and a heartwarming relationship develops, until one year, the girl writes to her mother instead: Mom, are you Santa? Her mother responds to say that no, she is not Santa. Because S
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2017)
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Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This had me wiping tears by the end. I think of the "Santa existence" question as a rite of passage for curious kids, and I really like how it was answered here. I do wish that the green band that you see on the online cover, that says "when you're ready to share," could be kept on the library book. It would give parents in a rush a heads-up about the nature of the story. It's alluded to on the back, but does everyone read the back?

Glad to be on Santa's team. :)
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If your child still believes in Santa, then this is not the book for them. But if they're starting to doubt and you don't know how to answer their questioning of his existence, then Martha Brockenbrough not only has you covered, she has the best possible response you could ever give, one that speaks to a much-needed ethos in our materialistic culture. ...more
Jack & Lily Wills
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
So I made the mistake of not reading what this book was about before reading it to my children, but luckily I just kind of made up something about each page and they can't read yet so no one knew any differently! I will keep this book in mind for when the kids are older if they have questions about Santa - it was a really, really sweet book and made me tear up, but not for the still-believing-in-Santa crowd!! ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
#TeamSanta all the way! I'm so glad that my own mother handled this coming-of-age situation with me in the exact way this book illustrates. ...more
Jillian Heise
I won't put this in my elementary library, because I don't want to be responsible for spoiling the magic for a family not ready for it yet, but I will definitely have a copy for myself, and recommend it to any parents struggling with how to answer the question from their child. This book provides a beautiful and heart-warming sentiment that speaks to the heart of the belief in Santa, and a perspective that benefits humanity. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It made me cry at work and that’s how you know it’s a good one.
Annette Hughes
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This should be in every family's library and every public library, ready to pull out when a child no longer believes in Santa Claus. Letters to Santa trace the growth of a lovely little girl year after year. And these letters ARE ACTUAL LETTERS TUCKED INTO ENVELOPES, just like one of my all time favorites, The Jolly Postman. But the last letter is the best--don't want to spoil it for you. It goes to the heart of what Christmas is all about. I guarantee you will choke up in that warm expansive fe ...more
Ashley Adkins
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I sat down last night to read this together. We had recently attended a conference where this book was mentioned and having two sons almost ages 9 and 10 we weren't sure how the text was going to go and if our boys were ready for it. After reading it I was in tears. Our boys still believe and we want them to for as long as possible but when the time comes this books is going to be the way we discuss everything. Martha does an amazing job here and truly touches on the true spirit o ...more
Nooooooooo! Not the surprise I wanted to find while reading this to my two little, little ones. My teen was cracking up because I was not at all composed in trying to alter the revelations that were being made as I read this book aloud. This would be a great book in a few years....but not when the little ones are too young to even question the existence of Santa Claus! I'm so disappointed!!!! ...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This is the book I wanted when I stood in my Grandmother's kitchen and asked my mom if Santa was real. Everything changes in a moment--a split second of understanding. If you have children who believe in Santa, get this book now and tuck it away for that perfect moment when your child is ready to really explore the magic of Christmas. You won't regret it. ...more
Michele Knott
One of the most important holiday books to have on hand.
Alex  Baugh
Every year, since the age of five, Lucy has written Santa a letter, and every year, Santa brought Lucy a present and left a letter of his own. This ritual repeats itself for the next year, when Lucy is six. But when she is seven, her letters begin to question Santa about how he gets down chimneys, how he delivers gifts if people don’t have chimney, and why does his handwriting look so much like her mom’s, but she decided not to send it and wrote a different letter. But the letter she writes on h ...more
There isn't a child alive who hasn't firmly believed in the magic of Santa Claus and then started questioning his existence after friends express doubts in his existence. Part of growing up involves starting to notice things about him that don't make sense or seem to point to a parent's actually being Santa. With illustrations created from watercolor and mixed media, this handsomely designed book contains letters from one girl, Lucy, and Santa, as she asks for certain gifts or wonders about life ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVE, SANTA was so beautifully written and is the perfect way to tell your little one the truth about Santa. In the book, there are envelopes with letters that have been written by Lucy to Santa and by Santa to Lucy. I loved that interactive side of it because you didn't know what you were pulling out.

The feelings Lucy goes through is how we all feel when we get to the point of trying to decipher if Santa is real or not. The way the mom explains the truth to Lucy was so touching and inspirationa
Sara Easterly
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost every mom friend I know has at some point posted Brockenbrough’s letter to her daughter Lucy — The Truth About Santa — on one of their virtual walls. It makes the rounds of the Internet every holiday season. The author is a friend of mine, and I always get a little fan-friend proud when her letter gets shared in unexpected circles. Martha’s letter to her child elevates the simple answer to whether Santa is real or not to that of faith: in family, friends, and yourself. “Here, I’m talking ...more
Viviane Elbee
WARNING: do NOT read this book to young children who still believe in the magic of Christmas and Santa.

This is for older kids who have started asking a lot of questions about Santa and who want to know the truth. It can be tough to figure out the best way to answer these questions.

Martha Brockenbrough does a great job answering these questions in the form of back and forth letters. The last letter explains the tradition of Santa (and Christmas) beautifully - but it is definitely a spoiler.

I woul
Alyssa Gudenburr
Get the tissues ready for this one! A beautiful story that is told through letters between Santa and a little girl named Lucy. The letters are physically added to the book in little envelopes for the reader to take out and read. As Lucy gets older her final letter is addressed to her mom asking if she is Santa. The mother's response is beautiful: Santa is bigger than any one person, he is a teacher that helps us to believe, he is love, magic, hope, and happiness. I loved how the mom ended the le ...more
This is a beautiful picture book that should only be read to children when they’re ready to have the Santa discussion. At some point children will ask their parents whether or not Santa is real, and this carefully written book is a terrific way to respond. It reminds me a lot of what my parents said to me many years ago. I also love how the letters written back and forth between Lucy and Santa are actual letters on stationery in envelopes attached to the pages. Makes the story a much more intera ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I real liked this book and how it handles who Santa is. I just really hope parents read the back first and realize it is about a child coming to realize that parents are behind the presents. It does this in a joyful way that still makes Santa and Christmas special but boy do I hope it doesn't spoil the magic for kids before they are ready.

On a side note, this one is tricky for libraries as it has letters in pockets that can be removed. Guessing were going to lose a few a long the way.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Oh, do not read this to very young children!! It's a great story for children at the age where they doubt Santa. Beautifully written explanation I wish I had heard when I was growing up or when my daughter was young. Just priceless book! Every family should have a copy, well hidden from little ones, for just the occasion. Art work is beautiful and loved the concept of actual letters to open and read. ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The book is charming and I love how the author has explained Santa to her daughter. That said, I gave it a lower rating because as several reviewers have pointed out, this is a book for older children who are beginning to doubt there is a Santa or for parents on how to explain Santa to a child who is questioning whether there is a Santa. The format is a picture book for a young child, however, the message is for an older child.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, christmas
If your child is starting to question the existence of Santa, this is the book for you. Beautiful story and illustrations, the magic of Christmas is handled perfectly.

Sadly, I can't buy it for my library because the letters between Santa and Lucy actually come out of the book and they would disappear (maybe not maliciously, but still). However, I will recommend it to any parent asking me how to handle the "Is Santa real?" question.
Kristin Buchtel
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great tool for parents who are looking to share the magic of Santa with their inquisitive children. (Parents, be sure to read it ahead of time and keep it in a safe place until the time is right for sharing.) The story, illustrations, and enclosed letters are an engaging yet gentle way to have this difficult talk with kids or to use as a reference when crafting your own way to talk with your kids about the magic of Santa!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Oh, my heartstrings! What a darling little story for kids that are feeling like they are "outgrowing" believing in Santa. I wish I had read this book as an older child to make that transition so sweet. A girl writes a letter to Santa each year as she is growing up (the letters are including in adorable envelopes that you get to open). As she gets older, she starts to doubt if Santa is real. Then one particular letter makes her Christmas truly magical. ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The story is told in a series of letters between Lucy and Santa along with the text on the pages.
CAUTION: Don't share this one with young kids. The last letter comes from Mom not Santa.
This one is for those who are transitioning in their beliefs as Lucy learns about all of Santa's helpers in the world.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awww, I LOVE this message. My only concern is that the format (papers in envelopes glued to pages) might with lots of use degenerate over time or even get lost or vandalized (I borrowed from the library). What a wonderful story and even though kids at 8 might not be ready for the message it's well delivered. BRILLIANT book. ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure you can put an age on this book, because every kid is different. (Amazon suggests ages 9-12.) Instead, it's for those children (or adults?) who are at the point in their lives when they question Santa's existence. The mother that wrote this struggled with what to say, but I love what she finally came up with. ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ben
This book is a great way to teach your kids the truth about Santa. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that when I started to read this book to my kids... I had to stop reading it in the middle and finish it on my own. It does warn you of this on the back of the book, but I didn’t read the back until after it was too late!
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book in anticipation of my child’s questions about Santa . . . she sat on the couch between her dad and I and read it aloud to us, and at the end of the book she was reassured and relieved. This book helped us with what could have been a difficult moment--- it turned out to be a very warm and happy one.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Winter break bookaday #4. 5 stars. Love the soft illustrations, but even more, the gentle way the mom handles the question of Santa's existence. Is it me, or is 9 years old too early for kids to be asking this question? Definitely a book for a gift, not sure how it would circulate with the letters/envelopes. ...more
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Martha Brockenbrough is author of The Game of Love and Death, Finding Bigfoot, The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, and Devine Intervention, books for young readers. For adults, she has written Things That Make Us [Sic], a hilarious guide to things that can go wrong with English, and It Could Happen to You, a diary of her first pregnancy. She's the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for t ...more

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