CANTON – A Cherokee County educator and his wife are spreading the true magic of Christmas with the publication of their first children’s book.
Assistant Principal of Creekview High School Chuck Wilson and wife Angela Wilson published a new book this year called “Santa’s Magic Toy Bag.”
The story tells the tale of Christmas with the addition of one new element, a magic toy bag that Santa delivers then takes away each year after kids fill it with old toys.
The Wilsons got the idea several years ago when their twins were 3 years old, and they decided to have their children collect toys in a laundry basket to be donated to charity.
“One night a few weeks before Christmas, a book and Santa’s magic toy bag appeared under our tree,” the Wilsons wrote on the back of the cover for the new book. The book explained that Santa wanted the children to share their toys with others who might not otherwise have a Christmas.
Their children loved the idea and a new family tradition was born. Now they are sharing it with others.
The family had been donating their toys for Christmas for about six years when the idea for the book began to take shape.
“Santa’s Magic Toy Bag” is for all ages, but is written at a reading level Wilson’s first-grader can understand, the dad said. The book is simple enough for kids to read on their own.
Each page contains a few lines, with the most significant element being the illustrations, he said.
“Brenda Reinhardt is the illustrator,” Chuck Wilson said. “Her work was exactly what we wanted for the book. It contained just the style we were looking for.” Reinhardt is from Canton and has shown her art throughout North Georgia.
The production was three years in the making and was published in Canton by Yawn’s Publishing Company, a division of Yawn’s Book’s.
The author and publisher’s company formed Magic Bag Enterprises as part of the process, he said.
“Santa’s Magic Toy Bag” was produced in the U.S., along with the magic bag included with the book.
The husband and wife partners wanted to keep the project as local as possible.
“We weren’t in this to get rich. It was a project to preserve Christmas and its tradition. And we wanted to share it with other people,” Wilson said. In addition, the idea of charity and giving to children was an important message they wanted to share with other families.
For more information or to purchase the book, visit santasmagictoybag.com.
“Santa’s Magic Toy Bag” will also be sold at Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival, taking place Sept. 28 and 29 at Boling Park in Canton.