The Santa Corner (Jakie Rodriguez)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Santa Corner, written by Jakie Rodriguez and illustrated by Bee L. Hannah, a lesson in how children can celebrate Christmas kindness year-round.

Gracie and Meghyn are having a playdate at Gracie’s house. There are so many wonderful toys to play with, including a few tucked away in a corner. When Meghyn grabs a hula-hoop from the corner however, Gracie stops her, explaining that those toys are in her “Santa corner.” Never having heard of such a thing, Meghyn asks what it is, and Gracie and her mother explain: a Santa corner is a place where children can put toys that they no longer want or use. When the corner is full, Santa’s helpers collect the toys, fixing them up and giving them to less-fortunate children. When Meghyn returns home, she finds she has received a letter from Santa encouraging her to start her own Santa corner, and she decides to do just that!

While the book itself lacks a bit of polish, this is definitely an interesting concept to introduce to young readers. I myself had never heard of a Santa corner, but I like the intent: it encourages children to be generous and conscientious with their toys, and thoughtful of those who have less. In fact, I wish there had been more focus on this charitable aspect – perhaps a page explaining how donating toys can help people and bring joy to those without, and/or encouraging the donation of NEW toys as well, rather than just used ones that children have grown tired of themselves. The art is not terrible for an indie title; while the shading and colors are a bit garish, the characters are expressive and fit the story. The length is fine, and JJ mostly enjoyed it. Overall, this is a decent book that introduces a very promising concept to little ones, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.) 

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