Hello and thanks for taking a moment to check out my website. My name is John Graham and I'm the author of the holiday children's book, No Sweets For Santa. Please read below for the latest news and then the history of the book. If you are a school or library, check out the tabs at the top of the page just for you when you're done with this page.
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Enjoy this special reading of the book, done for National Tell a Story Day in October
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Here's a bootleg recording from the North Pole. The elves are unwinding after a long season of toy making by singing their favorite song, "No Sweets For Santa".
NO SWEETS FOR SANTA is a Christmas Children’s book where Santa swears off sweets as he delivers presents on Christmas Eve. He progressively gets hungrier at each stop until he finds a special house that leaves him pizza instead of cookies.
I created this story ten years ago to support our family tradition of making homemade pizza on Christmas Eve and then leaving Santa a slice or two instead of cookies. Each year that passed, the story grew, and from the original one-page story came a book, a song, and special pizza recipes we’ve been able to share.
In 2009, I asked my friend Mitchel Heslop to draw pictures for the story and I self-published the book locally. This version was a coloring book style and I sold copies through a local pizza chain. I received lots of positive feedback and decided to seek out a professional artist, beginning the process to create the full color hardback edition out now.
In late 2010, the hardback edition was printed, and much like Santa on Christmas Eve, the hardback edition has lots of extra “presents” beyond the story itself. After you enjoy the fantastic art by Mark Mariano, flipping through the back of the book you will see the NO SWEETS FOR SANTA song with musical arrangement so you and your family can sing along on Christmas Eve. You’ll also get a great pizza recipe that we’ve used over the years, so you can make your own pizza for Santa. You’ll find a behind the scenes look at our family tradition and how it went from the initial idea to the many parts it holds today. Then take a moment to look through pages showing the evolution of art through the years.I want to thank you for taking the time to visit the website. Please look below for some sample pages of the book and also through the addition tabs for information on School and Library visits, feedback I’ve received, and news articles featuring the book.