A Newbery Christmas, selected by Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh
(1991, Delacorte Press, ISBN 0-385-30485-4)
This book is for a different readership than what I usually post, but it’s a great book to check out!
A Newbery Christmas features fourteen Christmas stories by Newbery Award winning authors. Some of the stories are excerpts from one of the author’s books (like “Ramona, the Sheep Suit, and the Three Wise Persons” from Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Her Father), and some seem to be the full award-winning text (such as The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes). Some are humorous fiction (E.L. Konigsburg’s “Eliot Miles Does Not Wish You a Merry Christmas Because…”, for example), and some are moving non-fiction (I think, including “A Candle for St. Bridget” by Ruth Sawyer ). There seems to be a good sampling of different styles and themes, so there should be at least one story for everyone!
In addition to all the stories, there is an index including brief biographies of all the authors from the anthology. Here you can find the name of the book (or books!) that won the Newbery Award and in what year.
I haven’t been able to read the entire volume yet (there are nearly 200 pages), but most of the authors are very familiar to me, and those who enjoy these Christmas stories and haven’t yet read the Newbery Award book that qualified each author for the compilation should be motivated to do so! This book is intended for all ages–children and adults–but you may want to pick and choose which stories you read aloud to your younger children because some of them are rather long or would require a more mature understanding of the world than your children may yet possess. Good upper elementary through high school readers should be able to read all of the stories independently (with maybe a little help from Google for some of the terms in the older stories). Start with your favorite authors in this one, but make sure to read it all the way through; I know I will!
Newbery Medal Home Page (American Library Association)
(poems and short stories illustrated with prints of “oil paintings from the Edwardian and Victorian eras, as well as…black-and-white engravings from the same periods.”)