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Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Book of the Month: Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul In this brand-new adventure from Valerie Thomas – with iconic illustrations by Korky Paul – the nation’s most-beloved witch and her ever-patient cat discover what it was like to be a knight in medieval times. With a little magical help … Read more

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Greetings! My friends at Oxford University Press have handed me the noble quest of picking out 10 books for children under five that feature fantasy themes and other worlds, which is pretty tough considering there’s a wealth of such material open to kids as they start to get into chapter books. So you’ll find no … Read more

Oxford's 12 books of Christmas 2017

Competition: win our 12 books of Christmas 2017

Books make wonderful gifts at Christmas, and – to celebrate – we’re giving away a complete set of our 12 Books of Christmas! THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, visit our Facebook page and like and comment on our prize draw post telling us which … Read more

Winnie birthday cake

Happy Birthday, Winnie!

Our top 10 unforgettable Winnie and Wilbur moments Friday 13 October 2017 marked the 30th birthday of our favourite witch Winnie and her loyal sidekick Wilbur! Over the past 30 years the Winnie and Wilbur series by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul has sold over seven million copies in more than 10 languages. This year, … Read more

The Dressing-Up Dad

The importance of dressing up

Dressing up is a brilliant way to encourage empathy. Here, Maudie Smith – author of The Dressing-Up Dad – gives us some fun ideas and easy ways to dress up with our kids. When I visit primary schools I tell children that books are magic. They’re not just books – paper, board and ink – … Read more

Girl looks at books in library

Your local library — a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger, Clare Turner, is a Primary School Librarian with a passion for books and reading for pleasure. She has two children of her own. I still remember visiting my local childhood library with my mum. It was a place to explore; a treasure trove containing the keys to hundreds of different worlds. I may … Read more

Egg-cellent family fun – WIN a bundle of goodies this Easter

Spring has sprung, and Easter is nearly here! To celebrate, we’re giving away a fantastic bundle of Easter treats, including our brilliant new picture book Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory, which offers children a hilarious and irresistible look at how Mr Bunny’s chocolate eggs are made! The lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Mr … Read more

early counting skills

Early numeracy skills: 6 fun ways to encourage counting

It’s never too early to explore numbers and counting with your child. Talking about numbers and counting early and often will show your child that numbers are part of everyday life. There are loads of fun and easy things you can try to help your child to explore numbers, giving them a great start to … Read more

Early years: Getting ready to write

One of the most important ways you can help prepare your child for school, in addition to encouraging independence, is to help them to get ready to write. Children should be encouraged to develop the strength and control in their hands and fingers and also eye-hand co-ordination. There are lots of easy and fun activities … Read more