If you don't this book already -- you must take a look at Santa Knows by Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith. I only wish it had been released a couple of months earlier so it could have been a real contender for this holiday season. But alas -- make sure you get your copy now and enjoy it next fall when it will have much relevance for all young readers who are just on the verge of believing and not believing.
BTW -- anyone who wants to debate whether or not there really is a Santa Claus should remember that all of us who believe in the goodness of humankind KNOWS that Santa Claus exists in the hearts and minds of all who seek to help others. I believe that Santa does exist in everyone's hearts and stories.
Meanwhile -- a quick question (trivia if you must) What do Cynthia Leitich Smith and Greg Leitich Smith have in common with Harve Zemach and Margot Zemach? Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.