Cover of Sing Noel by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Sing Noel

Musical arrangements by Adam Stemple
Illustrations by Nancy Sippel Carpenter
Boyds Mills 1996
ISBN# 1-56397-420-7 Boyds Mills hardcover

The last of four music books I did for Boyds Mills. Adam was wonderful to work with, shipping me off the simple arrangements which I then played on the piano. We figured if I could sight read them, ANYONE could! I picked the songs, wrote the historical notes. Adam did all the musical arrangements. We wrote several of the songs ourselves. Illustrator and calligrapher Nancy Carpenter is a neighbor of mine who had done a lot of work for the Bible Society and on greeting cards. She gives the book that wonderful Christmas card look we wanted. America Bookseller “PICK OF THE LISTS” – Spring 1998

What reviewers have said:

  • “Includes 34 classic Christmas carols in a holiday package that glistens with wonder and light as the history of these spirited Yuletide songs is traced in words, music and illustrations that capture the timeless images of Christmas.” — Publisher’s Weekly
  • “A veritable treasure trove for home, school or library.” — Catholic Library World
  • “A wonderful family Christmas gift.” — American Bookseller Magazine
  • “Yuletide songs have been with us since medieval days. In this gorgeous tome, accomplished author Yolen has selected 34 of the most classic, traditional carols in our culture’s repertoire (and that includes carols from England, Germany and France). With bits of lore, wonderful colored pencil illustrations and piano-scored musical arrangements. This book includes everything your family will want to belt out this holiday season.” — Los Angeles Times