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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: luctuous

luctuous (adjective) Definition: A luctuous place is rich and fertile and produces good things to eat (like juicy chiddlers). Example: ‘England is a luctuous land and we is fancying a few nice little English chiddlers.’ – The BFG Did you know? To make the word luctuous, Roald Dahl may have joined together luscious, meaning ‘delicious’, … Read more

Bee Boy

Book of the Month: Bee Boy by Tony de Saulles

Bee Boy Written and illustrated by Tony de Saulles Following a long and successful career as an illustrator, Tony de Saulle’s bee-rilliant book Bee Boy combines his wonderful artwork with a superhero story that is entertaining and educational in equal measure – perfect for children aged 7+ who like funny illustrated fiction. Half bee, half … Read more

Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis

Book of the Month: Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis

Make Me Awesome by Ben Davis, illustrated by Mike Lowery From the author of My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral and Danny Dread comes a new laugh-out-loud tale of young-teen trials and tribulations – perfect for children aged 9+ and fans of funny fiction such as My Brother is a Superhero and The Astounding Broccoli Boy. … Read more

Reading eBooks

Free eBooks to share this holiday

Develop key reading skills during the holidays by sharing these winter-themed eBooks for 4 to 7 year olds, chosen from Oxford Owl’s free eBook library. All our free eBooks are tablet-friendly. Just register or log in to Oxford Owl to start reading. The Snowman Oxford Level 2 Age 4 – 5 Biff, Chip and Kipper … 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

The Accidental Father Christmas

Book of the month: The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas By Tom McLaughlin The latest in the hilarious ‘Accidental’ series, this book is an absolute Christmas cracker for readers aged 9-12 and a great choice for fans of David Walliams. Ben is a passionate young lad who wants nothing more than to have his Dad at home for Christmas. Since his … Read more

Mum and daughter reading together

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes? A reading scheme is a series of books that have been carefully written to support the process of learning to read and to help children make progress as readers. What educational researchers know about how children learn to read – and how best to motivate them to learn – is changing … 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

magical tales

Magical tales for 5 – 7 year olds

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. Treat younger children to these magical tales of fairies, witches and some rather pesky cats! Please note: all book links lead to more information on Amazon.co.uk Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip Harriet Muncaster Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is … Read more

Sky Dancer

Book of the Month: Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer By Gill Lewis A brand new novel from the best-selling and award-winning author of Sky Hawk. Perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Michael Morpurgo. Can Joe find the courage he needs to protect the Sky Dancers? Sky Dancer is a highly topical and emotionally powerful novel about the plight of the … Read more