The Children's Book of Christmas Stories is a collection of 35 wonderful stories from around the world. Stories range from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and "The Cratchit's Christmas," to "The Fir Tree," by Hans Christian Andersen, to a German Legend for Christmas Eve, entitled "A Story of the Christ-Child." There is something for every child.
Some stories, marked with a single asterisk, were judged by the author to be especially suited for younger readers, while those with a double asterisk were deemed particularly suited for older children. The reason for this differentiation is probably because the editors compiled the book for librarians.
This edition of the book contains the single, original illustrations, rejuvenated, and nine additional Christmas illustrations that are unique to this edition of the book.
ASA DON DICKINSON, (1876-1960), Brooklyn College’s first Chief Librarian, was born in Detroit, Michigan, and educated at the Brooklyn Latin School. In 1894, he became a student at Columbia Law School, but left after two years due to poor health. Thereafter he had thoughts of becoming a librarian, particularly after he heard that Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist who established over 2,500 public libraries, was about to fund some additional ones in New York City.