Santa Clauses

Short Poems from the North Pole

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

You know that Santa can fly a sleigh, squeeze down chimneys, and circle the globe in a night. But did you know that another of his talents is writing haiku?

“December 1: White envelopes float / from my overfilled mailbox— / December’s first storm.”

“December 24: Which is packed tighter / the sack full of toys or the / red suit full of me?”

These twenty-five short poems—composed by Santa himself—give you a peek into life at the North Pole as the December days tick down to Christmas. See the hustle and bustle of the elves’ workshop, feel the serenity of moonlight on fresh snow, and find out how Santa and Mrs. Claus keep busy as Santa’s big night draws near.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-09-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV070000, JUV017010, JUV030120
Dewey 811'.6
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166991
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Cybils Finalist, Nominated, 2015
  • NCTE Notable Poetry List, Winner, 2015


The Horn Book Magazine

“A warm seasonal collection notable for its clever, gently comical visual details.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Booklist Online

“A heartwarming and cozy offering that encourages appreciating small moments of delight.” —Booklist Online

School Library Journal

“Quiet haikus written by Santa Claus are gift-wrapped in lovely folk-inspired, jewel-toned spreads…. A lovely and enticing addition.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“The poems capture the sounds and sights of the season, indoors and out, while conveying the personality of the gentle, perceptive poet and his loving bond with Mrs. Claus….This is Christmas from the heart—with scarcely a toy in sight.” —starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“An oversize format gives plenty of room for intriguing illustrations with a muted palette and an Old World flavor…. Anyone interested in haiku or poetry for children will find this collection a rare treat.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to draw—especially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.

Illustrator: Chuck Groenink

Chuck Groenink is an illustrator from the Netherlands. He grew up in a small town, climbing trees, exploring forests and drawing a lot. All things he still enjoys doing, only these days he lives in Syracuse, NY, with his wife and two scraggly cats.