Christmas anthologies

From 2014 to 2019, we produced some fabulous seasonal anthologies of great Christmas stories around different themes, by both established and emerging authors, beautifully illustrated in full colour by talented illustrations both new and established. These anthologies have proven very popular with readers, schools and libraries. All are still in print and can be ordered from any bookshop across Australia.


A Christmas Cornucopia

Edited and compiled by Beattie Alvarez and David Allan, ISBN 9780648194552, 80 pages, Trim size: 234×180 mm, illustrations in full colour, RRP: $24.99

A Christmas Cornucopia is a delicious feast of Christmas stories — and food —from well-known and emerging Australian authors. With delectable illustrations by David Allan and Fiona McDonald, this is a book sure to make your tummy grumble!

Featuring Wendy Blaxland, Sally Odgers, Sophie Masson, Jenny Blackford, Anna Bell, Phoebe McArthur, Debbie Tidball, Amani Gunawardana, Sharon Boyce, Victoria Nugent, Danielle Viera, and Laura Hockley.

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A Miniature Christmas, edited by Beattie Alvarez, ISBN 9780648194514, 80 pages, Paperback, 234×180 mm trim size, RRP: $24.99

Released November 5, 2018

Goblins and genies, mice and magic, fairies and fun: a dozen spellbinding stories of miniature worlds at Christmas by established and emerging Australian writers for children, illustrated in full colour by talented new illustrators from Australia and overseas.

Featuring stories by Pamela Freeman, Stephen Hart, Dianne Bates, Natalie Jane Prior, Stephanie Smee, Oliver Phommavanh, Kathy Creamer, Ian Irvine, Juliet Marillier, George Ivanoff, Michael Grey, Rebecca Fung.

Illustrated by Siobhan McVey, Sally Heinrich, Amy Golbach, Jennifer Polan, Kathy Creamer, Sandra Severgnini, Amy Bogard, Simone Hale, Penelope Pratley.

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A Christmas Menagerie, Edited by Beattie Alvarez, ISBN: 9780994528049, RRP $24.99, Paperback, 234×180 trim size, 80 pages.

From the wombat who creates a beautiful tree to the pony who finds a new home, from a bear with a delicious recipe to Santa’s unexpected helper and many more: meet the special animals who feature in these sparkling new stories for young readers, from both established and emerging authors, in a collection of entertaining illustrated tales for young readers, spiced with a touch of Christmas magic

A Christmas Menagerie features sparkling original stories by popular authors Gabrielle Wang, Sherryl Clark, Michael Pryor, Janeen Brian and Sophie Masson, as well as several new and emerging writers, and is beautifully illustrated in full colour by Kathy Creamer, Fiona McDonald, Beattie Alvarez, Ingrid Kallick, and Yvonne Low.

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A Toy Christmas, compiled and edited by Sophie Masson, ISBN 9780994234063, 96 pages, paperback, trim size 234×180 mm, RRP: $24.99

Toys are different at Christmas. They have their own special kind of magic…

Compiled and edited by award-winning author Sophie Masson, this fabulous anthology of new, original seasonal tales, written by some of Australia’s most talented authors, both established and emerging, features that special magic. Illustrated in full colour, this is the perfect book to snuggle up with in the festive season—and well beyond!


Natalie Jane Prior—Meredith Costain—Michael Grey—Fiona McDonald—Juliet Marillier–Anna Bell–Ian Irvine—Kathy Creamer—George Ivanoff—Goldie Alexander—David Allan—Rebecca Fung—Beattie Alvarez.

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 Three Dragons for Christmas, 

by Fiona McDonald, Beattie Alvarez, David Allan, Lisa Stewart and Sophie Masson, ISBN: 9780992283896, RRP $21.99, Hardcover, A4 size, 32 pages, Illustrated in full colour and black and white, Gold-foil stamping on front case, Full colour end-papers.

Can a dragon make the toymakers’ luck change? Can a dragon pull Santa’s sleigh? And will the dragon family get their Christmas feast? Find out in these three entertaining, original stories for Christmas, gorgeously illustrated, featuring everyone’s favourite magical creatures: dragons! Great for sharing aloud or for children to read by themselves.

The three stories are:

Dragon Market, written and illustrated by Fiona McDonald.

The Christmas Dragon, written by Sophie Masson, illustrated by Lisa Stewart.

The Dragon’s Pet, written and illustrated by Beattie Alvarez.

Extra inter-story illustrations by David Allan.

NOTE: An audio book edition of this title, engagingly retold by young actor David Jackson, and featuring original music by Bevis Masson-Leach, is also available. RRP $10.99.

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Once Upon a Christmas, compiled and edited by Beattie Alvarez, Paperback, trim size 234×180 mm, 165 pages, RRP $24.99, ISBN 978-0-9922838-5-8

A magical Christmas mix of stories, poems, memoirs and illustrations from some of Australia’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators, as well as emerging new talent, and some special guests from overseas. From the funny to the ghostly, fantasy to adventure, from peace and love to action and the unexpected, from recipes to carols, whether you dip in or devour, read aloud or read under the covers, there’s something in this beautiful lavish book for everyone to enjoy. Featuring Duncan Ball, Ursula Dubosarsky, Kate Forsyth, Sally Rippin, Susanne Gervay, Michael Pryor, Kim Gamble, Stephen Axelsen, Pamela Freeman, Libby Hathorn, Nette Hilton, Juliet Marillier, Adele Geras-and many many more fantastic authors and illustrators! Christmas Press donated a percentage of the proceeds from this book to Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit which seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

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