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Santa's Book of Names

Written & illustrated by David McPhail
5.33 / 7.0
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Jan 1, 1960
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Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa’s Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa’s help. David McPhail’s inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything.

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.25 / 7.0

This book has some pretty lovely illustrations in it. I like that the boy does what he can to help Santa and has an idea for how to get Santa’s book back and goes for it. He even learns to read so that he can help when Santa’s in a bind, though it seemed a little far-fetched.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
6.0 / 7.0

This book is a bit long, but totally worth it to experience Edward’s role as Santa’s helper and the confidence and skills he gains when Santa needs him most. The illustrations are gorgeous and demonstrative and all of the characters are relatable and realistic, while still being part of a story that’s sparkling with ordinary and extraordinary Christmas magic!

English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
5.75 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Santa's Book of Names

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David McPhail

David McPhail is the acclaimed author and illustrator of more than one hundred and fifty books, including Henry Bear’s Park (Atheneum), Mole Music (Holt), and the beloved Pig Pig series (Dutton). He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.

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January 1, 1960

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