Little Santa’s Workshop

Scholastic. Sept. 2022. 10p. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781338829433.
Baby-Toddler–Brimming with Christmas cheer and incorporating many Yuletide traditions in an economical 10 pages, this title is one of very few Christmas board books depicting Santa and Mrs. Claus as Black. Watkins uses brief, rhyming verse to take young readers on a whimsical journey through the marvels of Christmas in the North Pole, replete with toy-building, letter-opening, and baking lots of sugary treats. Rendered digitally in her joyful illustrative style, Watkins uses a bold palette and simple forms to make her characters and their surroundings practically leap off the page with jubilation. In addition to the eye-catching illustrations, the strides made in increasing representation in what has been a white-dominated genre for too long cannot be overlooked.
VERDICT Wrapped up in the perfect package, this title is a necessary addition to any library’s holiday collection.

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