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Book of the Month: Martha Maps it Out

Book of the Month: Martha Maps it Out

Win copies of Martha Maps it Out, and explore the world around you through maps. Perfect for children aged 2+ (August 2022) Read more

Summer reading for kids: recommended books

Summer reading for kids: recommended books

From island adventures to stories about twin detectives, here’s our list of favourite children’s books to read this summer. Read more

Animal Themed Picture Book Ideas

Animal Themed Picture Book Ideas

Lots of animal themed picture book ideas for you and your child to enjoy this summer, with our top recommendations for ages 2+. Read more

Easter Holiday Reads

Easter Holiday Reads

Springtime reads for you and your child to enjoy this Easter holiday, with a selection of titles suitable for age 2-7! Read more

Five easy Easter activities to do at home

Five easy Easter activities to do at home

Whether you want to create a traditional Easter egg hunt or enjoy some family reading time, we’ve got an egg-citing host of activities for you to choose from. Read more

Book of the Month: The Smile

Book of the Month: The Smile

Win copies of The Smile, exploring how much difference a smile can make with children aged 2+ (March 2022) Read more

Ideas to sneak learning into everyday activities

Ideas to sneak learning into everyday activities

Here are education expert James Clements' favourite ways to teach your child on the sly, supporting their learning while having fun! Read more

Book of the Month: Marv

Book of the Month: Marv

Win a copy of Marv and the Dino Attack and Marv and the Mega Robot, for a superhero story like no other for children aged 5+ (February 2022) Read more

World Book Day costume ideas

World Book Day costume ideas

Make this year's celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas, inlcluding Winnie the Witch and Isadora Moon. Read more

Book of the Month: Big Words for Little People – Celebrate and Our World

Book of the Month: Big Words for Little People – Celebrate and Our World

Win copies of Big Words for Little People: Celebrate and Our World, for great ways to introduce new vocabulary to children aged 3+ (January 2022) Read more

Talking about Climate Change at home

Talking about Climate Change at home

Advice and guidance on how to start talking to your child or children about climate change at home, with practical ideas and suggestions. Read more

Book of the Month: The 12 Books of Christmas

Book of the Month: The 12 Books of Christmas

Win copies of 12 books this Christmas in our festive give away (December 2021) Read more

How to escape Christmas fatigue

How to escape Christmas fatigue

Avoid the Christmas holiday slump with our top tips for keeping you and your family active over the festive season. Read more

Book of the Month: Mickey and the Missing Spy

Book of the Month: Mickey and the Missing Spy

Win a copy of Mickey and the Missing Spy, for an interactive book ideal for budding spies aged 7+ (November 2021) Read more

Choosing a primary school

Choosing a primary school

Education expert James Clements gives his advice on how to choose the right school for your child. Read more

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

Educational publishing expert Andrea Quincey explains why reading schemes are important, and what the different colours, bands and levels actually mean. Read more

Half-term and Halloween activities for kids this Autumn

Half-term and Halloween activities for kids this Autumn

Looking for fun things to do with the kids this half-term? We’ve created a list of easy crafts, Halloween games and more. Read more

Book of the Month: Pippi Longstocking

Book of the Month: Pippi Longstocking

Win a copy of Pippi Longstocking (gift edition) for you and a friend, and enjoy this beautifully illustrated story (October 2021) Read more

Book of the Month: Roald Dahl Scrumptious & Delumptious Words

Book of the Month: Roald Dahl Scrumptious & Delumptious Words

Win copies of a Roald Dahl book bundle, to broaden vocabulary and have fun with language (September 2021) Read more

Diversifying your child’s reading

Diversifying your child’s reading

Diversifying the children’s book industry and what our children are reading is a much talked about topic. Many people want to make a difference, but with so much information available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Read more

Book of the Month: Numicon at Home

Book of the Month: Numicon at Home

Win a Numicon at home First Steps kit, designed to help you get your child’s early Maths learning off to the best possible start. (August 2021) Read more

Book of the Month: I’m the Driver

Book of the Month: I’m the Driver

Win copies of I'm a Digger Driver and I'm a Fire Engine Driver, jumping into the driver's seat and entering a world of imaginative play (July 2021) Read more

Book of the Month: The Pirate Mums

Book of the Month: The Pirate Mums

Win a copy of The Pirate Mums, perfect for introducing young children to the idea that families come in lots of shapes and sizes! (June 2021) Read more

Get number confident on National Numeracy Day

Get number confident on National Numeracy Day

Get involved with National Numeracy Day 2021 and help your child's confidence grow, with our top tips and free maths activities. Read more

5 top tips to keep reading at home

5 top tips to keep reading at home

It's more important than ever to keep your child reading at home this term and over the summer holidays. Camilla Macoun shares her tips. Read more

Book of the Month: Mickey and the Trouble with Moles

Book of the Month: Mickey and the Trouble with Moles

Win a copy of Mickey and the Trouble with Moles, a perfect read for budding spies and sure to stretch their problem-solving skills! (May 2021) Read more

Looking forward to the summer term: tips to help boost your child’s learning

Looking forward to the summer term: tips to help boost your child’s learning

What can we do to help our children to make progress over the term ahead? James Clements shares his tips to help boost skills and knowledge. Read more

Book of the Month: Amber Undercover

Book of the Month: Amber Undercover

Win a copy of Amber Undercover, a novel which sets out to challenge the way that adventure and intrigue are too often reserved for the boys. (April 2021) Read more

Science at home: How to extract DNA from a banana

Science at home: How to extract DNA from a banana

Try this fun science activity to help children create a mental image of DNA and give them a taste of what being a scientist is like! Read more

Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: WINNERS!

Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Heroes Awards: WINNERS!

Meet the winners of the Oxford Owl Lockdown Learning Hero Awards: inspirational individuals who have made a huge difference to learning during lockdown. Read more

Building kids’ resilience and confidence

Building kids’ resilience and confidence

How do you help build your child's confidence and resilience? Teacher and child psychologist Jean Gross CBE shares her tips for helping children believe in themselves, and discusses how you can encourage them to be determined and enjoy challenges. Read more

Book of the Month: The Perfect Fit

Book of the Month: The Perfect Fit

Win a copy of The Perfect Fit, a book packed full of positive messages about individuality and inclusion for young children. (March 2021) Read more

Top tips from parents on sharing stories at home

Top tips from parents on sharing stories at home

Sharing stories with your child is a wonderful way to take them to new worlds, to share the pleasure of reading, and positively impact their educational outcomes. Read more

World Book Day 2021

World Book Day 2021

Join in this World Book Day with video sessions from some of your children’s favourite authors and our library of free downloadable activity sheets! Read more

Book of the Month: Kitty and the Twilight Trouble

Book of the Month: Kitty and the Twilight Trouble

To celebrate the publication of the brand-new Kitty book, we have a bundle of books to give away! (February 2020) Read more

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

8 fun ways to learn about shapes

Shapes are all around us and there are many ways you can start exploring them with your child. Get ideas on how to help familiarise your child with different shapes in all sorts of contexts. Read more

Book of the Month: All Aboard …

Book of the Month: All Aboard …

To celebrate the publication of the brand-new All Aboard series, we’ve got three pairs of books to give away! (January 2020) Read more

Mindfulness and mental health in children: five top tips for parents

Mindfulness and mental health in children: five top tips for parents

How can you encourage mindfulness at home with your child, to support positive wellbeing and mental health? Liz Lord shares her tips for parents. Read more

Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Christmas activities for 5–7 year olds

Whatever the weather this Christmas, you’ll find an activity here to suit your child. Wrap up warm and go out for a winter scavenger hunt, or stay inside and play party games with our range of festive activity ideas. Read more

Fun Christmas activities for 0–4 year olds

Fun Christmas activities for 0–4 year olds

From hand-print Christmas wreaths to games to develop shape recognition skills, discover lots of toddler-friendly crafts and activity ideas to try with your little ones this Christmas! Read more

Christmas activities for 4–5 year olds

Christmas activities for 4–5 year olds

Practise early maths and letter recognition skills with some Christmas colouring in and get lots of car game ideas to keep everyone occupied on long journeys this Christmas. Read more

Top five tips for creative writing at Christmas

Top five tips for creative writing at Christmas

From storytelling games to alternative Christmas stories, encourage your child’s creative writing during with our top tips for creative writing at Christmas. Read more

Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Time flies: helping your child learn to tell the time

Learning to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks is still an important skill, but it’s something that children can find tricky to master. Louise Pennington shares ideas to support your child's growing understanding of time. Read more

Money skills in a digital age

Money skills in a digital age

How to develop an understanding of money and healthy money habits in our children when there are fewer opportunities for them to see the real and physical exchange of cash. Read more

Book of the Month: Big Words for Little People

Book of the Month: Big Words for Little People

To celebrate the publication of the brand-new Big Words for Little People series, we’ve got three pairs of books to give away! (November 2020) Read more

Settling in at primary school

Settling in at primary school

Our top tips for helping your child get used to their busy new school routine. Read more

How fun with phonics helps develop communication skills

How fun with phonics helps develop communication skills

One of the most valuable skills we can give our children is the ability to communicate well. Read top tips on how to develop communication skills. Read more

500 Words: Black Lives Matter – how are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing?

500 Words: Black Lives Matter – how are British children responding to the emerging themes and issues in their writing?

Almost 6,000 children entered the writing competition in July 2020 and Oxford University Press' analysis shines a light on children’s insight, empathy, and imagination when writing about race. Find out more. Read more

Oxford Levels: How to support your 7–11-year-old’s reading development

Oxford Levels: How to support your 7–11-year-old’s reading development

Find out how Oxford Levels and levelled readers can support and develop your child's reading skills even after they've learned how to read. Read more

Book of the Month: <em>Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary</em>

Book of the Month: Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary

The Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary is packed with words ordered by phonic sound to help young children learn how to spell. Enter our competition to win a free copy. Read more

Top 8 books about starting school

Top 8 books about starting school

Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life – not to mention a parent/carer’s too! Here are eight engaging stories and picture books about starting school to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first day. Read more

Boosting early maths skills with number facts

Boosting early maths skills with number facts

Louise Pennington shows us her top five maths games, including 'Bunny rabbit ears' and 'What's in the bag?', to help your child practise their number facts. Read more

Start calculating with Numicon

Start calculating with Numicon

It can be hard making the jump from counting numbers to calculating. Sheila O'Reilly shares activities to introduce your child to addition and subtraction. Read more

How reading programmes can help junior readers

How reading programmes can help junior readers

Once your child has mastered decoding, it can be liberating to choose whatever books they like – but there are still benefits to structured reading schemes. Read more

Developing reading skills as your child gets older

Developing reading skills as your child gets older

Once your child has mastered phonics and word-reading, where do they go next? Here are our ideas to keep your 7–11-year-old's reading skills developing. Read more

Times tables: Practice makes perfect

Times tables: Practice makes perfect

Maths teacher and education expert Louise Pennington shares her favourite activities and games to help your child learn their times tables. Read more

How Numicon can help develop maths skills at home

How Numicon can help develop maths skills at home

Early Years teacher and mother Sheila O'Reilly shows us how the 1st Steps with Numicon at Home kit can support your child's early maths development. Read more

Not your typical books for boys

Not your typical books for boys

An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms! Read more

Money, money, money

Money, money, money

Money isn’t everything, but being 'good with money' is undoubtedly a useful life skill. Read Fiona Lazenby's top tips for practising using money with your child. Read more

Maths is everywhere!

Maths is everywhere!

Maths expert Louise Pennington shares her advice for developing your child's maths skills during school closures by exploring maths in the real world. Read more

Book of the Month: Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humongous Fungus

Book of the Month: Super Happy Magic Forest and the Humongous Fungus

Five brave heroes, one epic quest… It’s time to head back into the Super Happy Magic Forest! Enter our competition to win your free copy. Read more

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide… Read more

Book of the Month: Read with Oxford comic books

Book of the Month: Read with Oxford comic books

Win two Read with Oxford comics, full of fun characters and engaging storylines – from sneaking past ticklish octopuses to getting cuddly bumbles home for tea. Read more

How to help your child with mental arithmetic

How to help your child with mental arithmetic

Building confidence in maths early on will pay back many times over. Get tips for developing your child's mental arithmetic skills. Read more

Learning to read in Reception

Learning to read in Reception

Find out what sort of books to expect to come home in your child’s book bag, and get top tips on how best to support your child. Read more

Building a strong vocabulary: How to help at home

Building a strong vocabulary: How to help at home

Headteacher Tracey Smith shares her ideas for fun and easy games you can play to build your child’s vocabulary and boost their confidence with words. Read more

Great books to get boys reading

Great books to get boys reading

John Dougherty shares his top picks for books to encourage and inspire your son to read. Read more

How a dictionary and thesaurus can help your child discover the world of words

How a dictionary and thesaurus can help your child discover the world of words

Find out how using dictionaries and thesauruses can expand your child's vocabulary and help them enjoy learning. Read more

What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

What do the KS2 SATs scores mean?

Education expert James Clements explains what the KS2 SATs are, how scaled scores work, and what you can expect to hear from your child's school. Read more

Four top tips for getting the most out of non-fiction

Four top tips for getting the most out of non-fiction

There are lots of great reasons to share factual books with your child. Here are our top four tips for getting the most out of reading non-fiction. Read more

Overcoming maths anxiety and being #PositiveAboutNumbers

Overcoming maths anxiety and being #PositiveAboutNumbers

Derry Richardson talks about combating maths anxiety and becoming #PositiveAboutNumbers, with helpful practical tips for parents. Read more

Language unlocks reading – easy ways to support your child’s early language skills

Language unlocks reading – easy ways to support your child’s early language skills

A recent report highlights the link between children's early language skills and their life chances. We look at simple everyday activities to boost your child's communication, language and reading skills. Read more

Brilliant picture books: 22 beautiful books for children under 5

Brilliant picture books: 22 beautiful books for children under 5

Wendy Cooling MBE has selected her favourite illustrated books to help you introduce your child to the wonders of stories and storytelling. Read more

How gardening can cultivate your child’s maths skills

How gardening can cultivate your child’s maths skills

Science writer Isabel Thomas shares her top five tips for cultivating maths skills in the garden, no matter how big or small your green space and green fingers. Read more

A case for non-fiction:<br />five reasons to read non-fiction with your child

A case for non-fiction:
five reasons to read non-fiction with your child

Education expert James Clements outlines five benefits of reading non-fiction, and gives us his top non-fiction reads for ages 5–11. Read more

Get messy with measuring

Get messy with measuring

Fiona Lazenby tells us her four top tips for learning about volume, area and capacity at home, and having messy fun in the process! Read more

How to edit your 500 Words story

How to edit your 500 Words story

Finished a first draft of your short story and not sure what to do next? Read Christopher Edge's top tips for polishing your story to perfection. Read more

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries are great for developing your child's vocabulary, but not just any will do. Publisher Sam Armstrong explains how Oxford Children's Dictionaries can support your child. Read more

The wonder of words: How learning new words can help your child

The wonder of words: How learning new words can help your child

A rich vocabulary allows a child to enjoy their reading, to express themselves and to learn about the world. James Clements offers tips on how to help your child's vocabulary develop. Read more

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Cerrie Burnell’s top tips for reading bedtime stories

Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child's vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children's author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading. Read more

Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story

Story sparks: find inspiration for your short story

When you look down at a blank piece of paper, inspiration can seem a long way away. Here are Christopher Edge's top tips for coming up with story ideas. Read more

Stories from the road less travelled – children’s books that celebrate diversity

Stories from the road less travelled – children’s books that celebrate diversity

Every child deserves to see lives like their own represented in powerful stories. Cerrie Burnell shares her favourite children's books that celebrate diversity. Read more

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

Children's librarian Greta Paterson shares her 5 top tips for choosing books for 3–7 year olds. Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Harriet Muncaster gives her top tips on how to write a story, from developing the characters to designing the plot. Read more

Reading in a winter wonderland

Reading in a winter wonderland

The evenings are growing darker and the air is becoming crisper. Winter is here. What better way to take shelter from the cold than curled up with a good book? So, here’s a collection of wintery book recommendations from James Clements. Read more > Read more

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

10 top tips to help your toddler go to sleep

Discover how to help your child get a good night's sleep with these tips inspired by our new book for toddlers, Goodnight, Sleep Tight. Read more

Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror. Read more

Preparing for parents’ evening

Preparing for parents’ evening

Parents’ evenings are a very important part of the relationship you develop with your child’s school and teacher. Find out how to get the most out of them. Read more > Read more

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

2018 Oxford Children’s Word of the Year: Plastic

Plastic has been revealed as the Children’s Word of the Year by Oxford University Press for the BBC 500 Words Competition. British children have once again shown themselves to be fabulously inventive, funny and socially astute. Read more

Books to inspire young scientists

Books to inspire young scientists

Science and engineering provide fantastic career opportunities, but science is not just for scientists – it’s a huge part of everyday life. A good grounding in science will help every child to navigate their world and make good decisions. Isabel Thomas recommends books for ages 3–11 to inspire your young scientist. Read more

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

The word gap: How to build your child’s vocabulary at home

Oxford University Press surveyed over 1,300 teachers who reported that the word gap is not only affecting children’s achievement at school but also that it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem and children’s ability to make friends. Find out what you can do to encourage language development at home. Read more

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Countdown to the KS2 SATs: week one

Advice from James Clements about how you can help your child to do their very best in the KS2 national tests, and how the assessments can be approached so that they’re a positive experience for everyone involved. Read more

Picture books for older readers

Picture books for older readers

Who says we have to leave picture books behind in KS1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to big ideas. Includes FArTHER and The Man Who Walked Between Towers. Read more

How to write your best story ever!

How to write your best story ever!

Christopher Edge, author of 'How to Write your Best Story Ever!', shares his top 10 tips to help your child write amazing stories. Read more

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

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

Matty Long, author of Super Magic Happy Forest, chooses his favourite fantasy picture books for children under five years old. Read more

4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

4 fun ways to develop characters for a short story

Every story needs a star! These four fun activities will help any aspiring author dream up some page-turning protagonists. Read more

4 tips to inspire children’s creative writing

4 tips to inspire children’s creative writing

Coming up with a great story idea can be tricky, which is why we've gathered together four fun activities to inspire your child's creative writing. Read more

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Cooking with kids – developing early maths skills

Cooking with your child makes for a fun opportunity to talk about maths together. Author Isabel Thomas shares her tips for using maths while cooking. Read more

Ideas to develop problem-solving skills

Ideas to develop problem-solving skills

Isabel Thomas shares her fun, simple ways to explore maths and problem-solving while you're out and about with the family. Read more

Building reading dens

Building reading dens

Isabel Thomas explains how making reading dens with your child can turn reading a book into a special shared adventure with these simple ideas. Read more

Back to school BINGO

Back to school BINGO

Frustrated by single-word answers from your child about the first few weeks at school? Get the conversation started with our Back to school BINGO card. Read more

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Find the right dictionary for your child with these four useful tips. Read more

Car journey games

Car journey games

Isabel Thomas suggests simple games to keep your child occupied on long car journeys – and to squeeze in a bit of learning on the way! Read more

How to build a girl – books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter

How to build a girl – books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter

Books to inspire, encourage, or just reassure your daughter, selected by the award-winning children's author Joanna Nadin. Read more

Your local library – a forgotten treasure trove

Your local library – a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger and primary school librarian Clare Turner gives her top five reasons why you should visit the library with your child. Read more

Developing empathy through reading

Developing empathy through reading

Children's author Anne Booth, creator of the Lucy series, discusses how reading builds up emotional literacy, empathy, and relationship skills. Read more

How can I support my child with phonics?

How can I support my child with phonics?

There are so many easy things you can do to help support your child’s phonics learning. Here are a few ideas from phonics expert Laura Sharp. Read more

What is phonics?

What is phonics?

Education expert Laura Sharp breaks down what phonics is, how phonics is taught in schools, and why phonics is important and useful. Read more

Supernatural tales for 7–9 year olds

Supernatural tales for 7–9 year olds

Watch your children's imaginations spirit them away with our selection of supernatural tales for ages 7–9. Unputdownable books about extraordinary children! Read more

Parent top tips for surviving the first year of school

Parent top tips for surviving the first year of school

We asked our readers for their top tips on preparing their children for school and surviving the school run. Take a look at their hard-earned advice! Read more > Read more