In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor’s response was a stirring defense of hope, generosity, and the spirit of childhood. His essay has been reprinted countless times since, and the phrase “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” has become part of American Christmas lore. Based on these actual events, Yes, Virginia is the story of a little girl who taught a city to believe.
<p>Chris Plehal is a writer who works in television, radio, and advertising. In 2009, he wrote and helped produce the <em>Yes, Virginia</em> animated special on CBS. When he’s not traveling to strange countries, he lives in New York City with his wife, Tate. This is his first book. </p>
<p>James Bernardin is a versatile and prolific illustrator of many acclaimed books for children. He has illustrated Laura Numeroff’s <em>Would I Trade My Parents?</em>, Eve Bunting’s <em>Too Many Monsters</em>, and Candy Chand’s <em>The Twelve Prayers of Christmas</em>. He has also created artwork for numerous book covers, including Mary Pope Osborne’s Tales from the Odyssey series.</p><p>James lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Wyeth and Bryson. </p>