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Book of the Month: 12 Books of Christmas

Our 12 Books of Christmas competition is back — another year or two and it’ll be as much of a Christmas tradition as turkey and stuffing, Christmas crackers, and the Queen’s speech!

This year, our festive selection includes everything from Christmas classics to brand new books featuring favourite characters, like Isadora Moon and Kevin the roly-poly flying pony, so you’ll have enough stocking fillers to keep even the most eager readers busy well into the New Year.

For a chance to win our 12 Books of Christmas, we want to know what your child has done to make it onto Santa’s nice list this year. Whether they’ve helped out a friend or family member, faced a fear, or finally got to grips with their 12 times tables, we want to know!

Simply comment on the pinned competition post on the Oxford Owl Facebook page to tell us what they’ve done that means they deserve a few extra Christmas presents this year. Enter now

UK residents only. Entry closes at midnight on 15th December 2019.
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Read on to find out more about the 12 brilliant books and discover heaps of free festive fun for the holidays.

About the books

Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk

Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

Harriet Muncaster

It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait! There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children. Isadora’s talents aren’t very vampire-y – what if the audience laugh at her? The show must go on, but will Isadora be brave enough to perform?

A great gift for: Fairy and fantasy fans, aged 5+

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Laura Owen, Korky Paul

When Winnie and Wilbur open the latest door on their advent calendar they wonder: who gives Santa a present? This kick-starts an epic quest involving trains, broomstick sledges, polar bears, penguins, travel from pole to pole, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!

A great gift for: Fans of magic and mayhem, aged 5+

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The Tree That’s Meant to Be

Yuval Zommer

A small fir tree is left all alone after the other trees near it in the forest are chosen by families as Christmas trees. But when the forest animals gather around the lonely little tree to cheer it up and celebrate the season, it finds the warmth of Christmas in the heart of a cold, snowy forest.

A great gift for: Families who love sharing stories, aged 2+

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Lucy Makes a Wish

Anne Booth, Sophy Williams

When Boots the puppy bounces into Lucy’s life, fun and friendship are never far behind. Lucy is determined to give him the best Christmas ever whilst he is waiting for his forever home. But they’re going to need the help of all the friends they have made when Boots slips his lead and gets lost. Will Boots find a way home? Lucy needs to make a wish…

A great gift for: Animal lovers, aged 7+

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The Christmas Unicorn

Anna Currey

Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for.

A great gift for: Any lovers of Christmas, aged 2+

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Kevin’s Great Escape

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Kevin the roly-poly flying pony has everything he needs — a constant supply of biscuits and his best friend, Max. Misty Twiglet is a famous pop star. She has everything she needs except for a perfectly quirky one-of-a-kind pet. The roly-poly flying pony kind… Then Kevin is kidnapped! Calling Max and his sister Daisy to the rescue!

A great gift for: Comedy nuts, aged 7+

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Magical Myths and Legends

Chosen by Michael Morpurgo

This enchanting selection of classic myths and legends has been hand-chosen by the UK’s best-loved storyteller and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, and includes a retelling of ‘Gawain and the Green Knight’ by Michael himself. From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever.

A great gift for: Fans of magical traditional tales, aged 5+

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Nell and the Circus of Dreams

Nell Gifford, Briony May Smith

When Nell finds a tiny chick, their new friendship is the trigger for a dreamlike journey into the imaginative realm of the circus. Nell helps to prepare the tent, eats with a circus family in their caravan, and even performs with them in the show!

A great gift for: Imaginative adventurers, aged 2+

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Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

Paula Harrison, Jenny Løvlie

Join Kitty, a superhero-in-training and her cat crew on the rooftops for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon. In Moonlight Rescue Kitty braves the heights of the clock tower to rescue a frightened kitten. In Tiger Treasure, Kitty must pursue a cat burglar with incredible hypnotic powers.

A great gift for: Adventurous animal lovers and Isadora Moon fans, aged 5+

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Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Snow Goose

Anne Booth, Rosie Butcher

Every year, the magnificent Snow Goose brings winter to the Magical Kingdom of Birds. But this year something is wrong: why hasn’t he arrived? Lord Astor must be up to his tricks again. Can Maya and her friends uncover the mystery behind the missing Snow Goose, and bring winter to the kingdom?

A great gift for: Fans of magical stories, fairies and the natural world, aged 7+

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Oxford Roald Dahl Thesaurus

Edited by Susan Rennie

This thesaurus is packed full of phizz-whizzing words invented by Roald Dahl. Jammed full of Oxford University Press language expertise, Quentin Blake’s illustrations, and Roald Dahl magic, this treasure trove will inspire children to play with words. Cleverly organised into themes to make it easy to dip into and browse through, children will discover words to write about anything and everything – from human beans and vegitibbles to witches and outer space!

A great gift for: Writers and Roald Dahl fans, aged 8+

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Jazz Dog

Marie Voigt

In a divided world of cats and dogs – where dogs only play dog music, and cats only play cat music – one little dog chooses to follow the music in his heart, and that means jamming with the cats!

A great gift for: Musical maestros, aged 2+

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Festive fun from Oxford Owl

If you’re looking for even more festive reading suggestions, don’t miss our Christmas book lists for children ages 0–11+ and our collection of free festive eBooks for ages 4–7.

We’ve created a whole area of Oxford Owl that’s dedicated to helping you have fun this Christmas, with tops tips for beating festive fatigue and lots of child-friendly activities, including recipes, craft ideas, and outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Find out more: Christmas fun on Oxford Owl