Books from Christmas past get new life in these reissued editions. From a 1920s picture book about young Santa to the book that inspired a 1970s Jim Henson musical, stories of all styles are repackaged in time for holiday displays and storytimes.


By E.T.A. Hoffmann, illus. by Roberto Innocenti (Aug. 15, Creative Editions, hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 978-1-56846-313-1).

The classic Christmas tale comes alive again in a hardcover edition with rich, new illustrations from Innocenti.

The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane

By Sarah Addington, illus. by Gertrude A. Kay (Sept. 12, Grafton & Scratch, hardcover, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-927979-26-6).

This story originally appeared in a 1921 issue of Ladies Home Journal, recounting Santa’s boyhood life. It is reissued here with full-color illustrations.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

By Tor Seidler, illus. by Fred Marcellino (Sept. 19, S&S/Atheneum/Dlouhy, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4814-7662-1).

Seidler and Marcellino teamed up in 1992 to give this well-known story—about a soldier separated from a paper ballerina—a quiet and detailed treatment.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

By Dylan Thomas, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman (Oct. 17, Holiday House, hardcover, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-8234-3870-9).

Thomas’s 1952 classic, with illustrations by the Caldecott Medalist, is as full of idyllic and nostalgic details as this gift edition.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

By Russell Hoban, illus. by Lillian Hoban (Oct. 24, PRH/Doubleday, hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 978-1-5247-1457-4).

The award-winning duo behind Bread and Jam for Frances originally released this book in 1969, and it was later adapted for screen by Jim Henson into a Muppet musical. The story is a heartfelt and hardscrabble take on “The Gift of the Magi.”

The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story

By Tomie dePaola (Nov. 7, Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99).

DePaola’s take on an Italian version of the biblical story of the three wise men is reprinted for the first time since 1980.

Santa Calls

By William Joyce (Oct. 10, S&S/Atheneum, hardcover, $18.99, 978-1-4814-8959-1).

This imaginative take on the Santa myth features a fantastical dirigible-filled North Pole, and lift-the-flap letters to Mr. Claus.

Snowie Rolie

By William Joyce (Nov. 7, S&S/Atheneum, hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4814-8967-6).

Originally published in 2000, Joyce’s picture book, which inspired a TV series, documents the potentially dangerous friendship between snowmen and robots.