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The Myth of Santa’s Beard, by Award-Winning Author Sharon Thayer | Press Release

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Article provided by Sharon Thayer
The Children’s Book Review | November 21, 2015

the-myth-of-santa-s-beardNational award-winning author Sharon Thayer has known hard times. After her business came to a screeching halt following the 9/11 disaster, she awoke one morning and wrote a story about Santa’s beard. At the time, she had no goal in mind or even a particular desire to be an author. In fact, she wasn’t even much of a reader, thanks to her lifelong struggle with dyslexia. Time passed, and Thayer set her story aside in order to make a living and raise her three children. In the summer of 2012, with her sixtieth birthday approaching, she made a monumental decision to have “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” published.

That fall of 2012, “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” won an EVVY Award for Children’s Picture Books from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association; in 2013, it won a Bronze Medal from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Now, Carousel Publishing is committed to bringing this popular book to an even greater audience as it benefits nonprofit organizations.

This delightful story tells how a problem is growing – literally growing – at the North Pole in the form of Santa’s beard, which grows every time children share, play fair, do their best, tell the truth… Soon, with so many good children every day, Santa’s beard becomes a hazard. Before long, he can’t walk or talk or even make the toys! One night, while Santa is asleep, Mrs. Claus and the elves concoct a plan. All Santa will have to do is choose the best-behaved kids from his “Good” list to receive a snippet of his long white beard. The children are rewarded for their wonderful behavior, and Santa’s beard gets a greatly needed trim.

Beautifully illustrated by Marci Chambers, “The Myth of Santa’s Beard” includes messages about ethics and values, traditional magic of Santa, and a snippet of his long white beard to remind children to be good all year long. The book also comes with a decorative envelope in which to mail the book to a child from the ‘North Pole’.


Parents and grandparents love this story that reinforces ethics and values, and children treasure the book and snippet of beard every Santa believing year and beyond.

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About the Author
Sharon Thayer

Sharon Thayer

Sharon Thayer has been writing children’s stories for the past thirteen years and is now beginning to publish her stories in three different series – The Holiday Series, The Inspirational Series, and The Memorial Series. Her award-winning book “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!” is the first book in the Inspirational Series; it has received seven awards: state, national and international. Her company, Carousel Publishing, has a mission is to publish books with quality of life messages that generate funds to benefit nonprofit organizations.

She raised three children and owned various businesses, including a day care center, while living in Colorado. She now lives in Texas near her children and grandchildren working fulltime writing and publishing.

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“What a delightful story! The ‘little kid’ in me loved reading ‘The Myth of Santa’s Beard,’ and now I am making my list of all the children I know who would love this sweet book as a holiday gift!” Donna DeNomme, award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle

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