Children's author Anna James will edit the British Library's Christmas collection.
Divided into five sections, the anthology of historical and modern stories covers festive traditions, fairytales, gift-giving and family fun, said the British Library. Timeless favourites from Charles Dickens, Clement C Moore and Louisa May Alcott are presented alongside award-winning and contemporary voices, such as Matt Haig, Swapna Haddow and Shirley Hughes. Illustrations from the collections of the Library and a few pieces of original artwork will also feature.
James said: "As a big fan of both Christmas and children's books, I was delighted to be asked to edit this anthology. I have found it fascinating exploring the British Library's catalogues in search of hidden gems and festive favourites to share with young readers."
Publisher John Lee said: “It has been inspiring to see Anna bring her expert eye for contemporary children’s fiction, and her deep enthusiasm, to this bright, festive book. We’ve all enjoyed digging deep into the British Library collections to find some very original, almost forgotten stories and some splendid period artworks.”
A Children's Literary Christmas will be published on 10th October in hardback at £12.99.