A Children's Literary Christmas

A Children's Literary Christmas : An Anthology

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Immerse yourself in some truly festive magic with this brand-new collection of the finest Christmas stories, prose, songs and poetry from some of the greatest writers in the English language. Inspired by the approach and style of the British Library's 2018 bestseller A Literary Christmas, this carefully chosen anthology moves its focus to those most deeply involved in the wonders of Christmas, the Christmas girls and Christmas boys. Twenty-four seasonal chapters allow the excitement to build as parents and grandparents can share pages of unforgettable adventures, festive traditions, tales of elves, snowmen and reindeer, fairytales, folklore and family fun. Age-old pleasures from those essential Christmas favourites, including Dickens, Kenneth Grahame, George Mackay Brown, Robert L. May and Ezra Jack Keats, are presented alongside charming, but often more edgy, award-wining contemporary voices. This treasure trove of stories is brought to life by an equally beautiful selection of seasonal illustrations from the collections of the Library and the artwork of some of the great modern book illustrators.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 149 x 210 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 black and white and colour illustrations
  • 0712352791
  • 9780712352796
  • 136,010

Table of contents


Part One: Father Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
A Letter from Santa Claus by Mark Twain
The Box of Magic by Malorie Blackman
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

Part Two: The Magic of Christmas
The Ice Dragon by E. Nesbit
The History of the Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas
The Frost Fairies by Margaret Canby
The Story of the Year by Hans Christian Andersen

Part Three: Family Stories
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A Child's Christmas by Evelyn Sharp
Christmas with the Savages by Mary Clive
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Alfie's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Part Four: Christmas Gifts
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Eloise at Christmastime by Kat Thompson
Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas by Kes Gray
The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurogo

Part Five: Christmas Spirit
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Winder Surprise by Swapna Haddow
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
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About Anna James

Anna James is a leading British children's author. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing.
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