Christmas is about giving and sharing – that’s why we’ll be giving away our 12 books of Christmas to one lucky winner! Read on to discover which fabulous festive books are up for grabs. You’ll find 12 free gifts, including activities, recipes and book extracts.
To enter the competition, all you need to do is tell us what your child has done this year to make it onto Santa’s nice list. Whether they’ve done really well at school, been super-helpful at home, or achieved an ambition this year, we want to know! Enter now on the Oxford Owl Facebook page.
Entry closes at 11:59pm on 16th December 2018. UK residents only. You can find full terms and conditions here.
Our 12 books of Christmas
Your whole family will enjoy sharing these two Christmas classics from Brian Wildsmith. With a unique talent, he brings an intimate and sensitive atmosphere to a retelling of the Nativity story, and an explosion of colour to one of our best-loved festive songs.
Free Gift: Take a look inside
When the Ice Queen covers the entire Super Happy Magic Forest in snow, five brave heroes must travel to the Frozen North in order to break the spell. But will they be able to outwit an army of snowmen? Ideal for budding fantasy fans and adventurers under five, this story is full of fun, and with a few jokes for parents buried in the snow, it’s magical for the whole family.
Free Gift: Epic Colouring Quest
With more toys to make than ever, it’s going to be the busiest Christmas yet, but luckily Santa and his elves have everything under control . . . Well, everything except for the rampaging polar bear, a toy factory that’s only making toasters, and some very pesky visitors from the South Pole! Bursting with fun, this is the perfect picture book to capture all the excitement of the run-up to Christmas.
Free Gift: Take a look inside
Isadora has lots of fun playing in the snow, and with a sprinkling of magic, her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? If you haven’t already met her, Isadora is half-vampire, half-fairy, so this first chapter book is ideal for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite!
Ever wondered who gives Santa a present? It’s this thought that leads Winnie and Wilbur on an epic quest involving flying trains, broomstick sledges, polar bears, penguins, travel from pole to pole, and, of course, Father Christmas himself! A festive tale for all Winnie fans that’s perfect for reading independently or enjoying together.
Maya’s special colouring book transports her to the Magical Kingdom of Birds, but the Kingdom is in trouble. Wicked Lord Astor has frozen the Diamond Lake and turned its beautiful swans into ice statues! Can Maya save the day? Perfect for animal lovers, this book includes fascinating facts on the real birds that inspired the story, as well as beautiful activity pages.
Free Gift: Magical Kingdom of Birds colouring sheet
A shake of Lucy’s magical snow globe has the power to make special things happen. Make a wish for a miracle with these Christmas-themed animal stories. The simple language and short chapters make them perfect for young readers who are just starting to read on their own.
Free Gift: Lucy’s Maze
From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever. There’s a space on every bookshelf for this enchanting selection of classic myths and legends, chosen by the UK’s best-loved storyteller.
Free Gift: Book Extract: Gawain and the Green Knight
Packed full of tiny heroes, talking frogs, meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, this sumptuous edition will bewitch readers who are enchanted by all things magical. Beautiful colour illustrations bring Michael Morpurgo’s choice of great magical stories from around the world to life.
Free Gift: Create your own magical character
Fly into a story of one young crow’s wish to be the fastest bird on earth! With incredibly detailed artwork and real engineering facts, this book is a fantastic introduction to how cars work, perfect for any budding engineers.
Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve! If you liked Pugs of the Frozen North then this is the fun-packed pick for you!
Free Gift: Draw Kevin the flying pony!
What happens next after the adventure of a lifetime? Find out as we rejoin Zen in the final instalment of the Carnegie Medal-shortlisted Railhead Trilogy. This thrilling and thought-provoking book from the author of Mortal Engines is the perfect read for young science fiction fans.
Free Gift: Start reading Chapter One of Station Zero