The best books about Santa Claus and his history

D.W. Boorn Author Of The Big Secret: The Whole and Honest Truth About Santa Claus
By D.W. Boorn

Who am I?

I was such a die-hard fan of Santa Claus as a kid, my mom had to debunk the myth two years in a row! Because, yeah, I heard you, but surely that was a bad attempt at humor last year. I won’t lie. It was traumatic. I wrote this book as a way to ease kids into the knowledge without anyone in the family feeling bad about it. It puts a great positive spin on this childhood rite of passage and empowers kids to get the info when they’re ready for it.


I wrote...

The Big Secret: The Whole and Honest Truth About Santa Claus

By D.W. Boorn,

Book cover of The Big Secret: The Whole and Honest Truth About Santa Claus

What is my book about?

Ok, if you too have fallen into the parental Santa Claus trap, how DO you come clean with your kid when questions start? This book will A) Save you B) have you smelling like a rose and C) save the legend for younger siblings that still believe. Sheesh! That’s a tall order but multiple awards later and it is a must-have for every parent’s library. Share with the sprouts when the time is right.

The books I picked & why

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The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

By L. Frank Baum,

Book cover of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Why this book?

Ok. L. Frank Baum. The dude who wrote The Wizard of Oz? Also happened to write this really cool book about Santa Claus. It’s a great one to sit and read at bedtime with the kiddos. It’s Baum’s creative mind spilled across the pages as he reimagines the origins of many of the traditions we celebrate today. Great children’s literature!


Letters from Father Christmas

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of Letters from Father Christmas

Why this book?

That really amazing guy that wrote the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings wrote letters to his own kids every year as though they were from Santa Claus! For twenty years! These are those wonderful letters filled with North Pole shenanigans and mischief to fill little heads with wonder. Pictures of the original letters are included as well as great illustrations. An absolute holiday delight to look forward to sharing every year!


Santa Claus Worldwide: A History of St. Nicholas and Other Holiday Gift-Bringers

By Tom A. Jerman,

Book cover of Santa Claus Worldwide: A History of St. Nicholas and Other Holiday Gift-Bringers

Why this book?

If you’re into investigating the origins and mythos of Santa from other cultures, this is the book to find. It is a well-researched look at the international history of the legend from the pagan god Odin to the present day Father Christmas, Weihnachmann, Père Noël, Ded Moroz, and Santa Claus. While not for young children it is a great and thorough historical study of the evolution of the various legends through time. A must for history buffs with great illustrations and documentation.


Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Clement C. Moore, Charles Santore (illustrator),

Book cover of Twas the Night Before Christmas

Why this book?

This is the whole fantasy…Santa Claus in action. The man, The myth, The Big Guy, doing what he does. Every kid should be read this book at least once on Christmas Eve before being shooed off to bed. And this is a gorgeous edition. Beautiful illustrations throughout capture the imaginations of young and old.


The True Story of Santa Claus: The History, the Traditions, the Magic

By Janet Giovanelli,

Book cover of The True Story of Santa Claus: The History, the Traditions, the Magic

Why this book?

This is a beautiful book that delves into the origins of the Big Guy but also chronicles the contemporary images to which kids have been exposed. It’s filled with short magazine-like articles about pretty much anything you can think of that’s Santa related. Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer? Miracle on 34th street? How about Santa’s favorite cookie recipe? All there and SO much more! Clear a prime spot on the coffee table and wipe those fingers before you turn the page.


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