Here are some of Minipreneur’s favourite festive children’s books from Oxford University Press this winter. Oxford Children’s, the children’s publishing team at Oxford University Press, creates award-winning educational resources, picture books, fiction, and dictionaries for schools and home. These festive titles from Oxford Children’s Books boast a delightful array of joyful stories that sparkle with imagination and adventure.

From Brian Wildsmith’s enchanting festive tales to Yuval Zommer’s captivating explorations of nature and heartwarming stories from Corrinne Averiss and Elys Dolan to Tim Hopgood’s gorgeous artwork inspired by a classic Christmas song, these books offer a diverse spectrum of wonder and enjoyment for young readers.

A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith

Written by Brian Wildsmith, the internationally acclaimed children’s author-illustrator and winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, this classic children’s book offers a touching retelling of the Nativity from the unique perspective of a little girl and a donkey. As the timeless tale unfolds, Wildsmith’s masterful storytelling and vibrant illustrations bring to life the journey of this unlikely duo to Bethlehem. It’s this fresh viewpoint that makes the book remarkably intimate, innocent, and perfect for children of all ages.

This children’s classic from one of the most celebrated picture-book writers & artists of his generation has charmed readers worldwide since 1989. Wildsmith’s beautiful rendition of the Nativity captures the essence of the season, making it an ideal Christmas gift and a cherished addition to any child’s library during the festive period.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Oxford University Press

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Brian Wildsmith

This version of The Twelve Days of Christmas transforms the beloved song into a visual delight that captivates readers of all ages. This enchanting book, illustrated by the renowned Brian Wildsmith, beautifully captures the magic and festive spirit of the classic Christmas carol. Perfect for sharing during the festive season, this book makes an ideal Christmas gift. Wildsmith’s illustrations, known for their depth and artistry, bring each day of the song to life, making it an engaging and joyous experience for both young readers and their grown-ups.

As an award-winning author and illustrator with a global reputation for creating evocative and captivating illustrations, Wildsmith’s rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas is a delightful addition to any child’s bookshelf this Christmas and will be a timeless treasure that is cherished by families year after year.

£7.99 (hardback) published by Oxford University Press

A Dot in the Snow by Corrinne Averiss & Fiona Woodcock

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, this winter tale written by Corrinne Averiss and beautifully illustrated by Fiona Woodcock, invites readers to enter the icy landscapes of the frozen north as the captivating story unfolds about a curious polar bear encountering a little girl lost in the snow and the precious friendship that blossoms between them. Perfectly suited for the Christmas season, this heartwarming book delicately introduces young readers to the concept of humans coexisting with nature in the polar environment. Fiona Woodcock’s stunning illustrations skillfully capture the breathtaking snowscapes and endearing characters, immersing readers in the atmospheric setting.

This story resonates deeply with its themes of empathy, kindness, and courage, offering children an enchanting and valuable lesson about understanding and caring for one another. With its powerful message and stunning imagery, A Dot in the Snow is a modern classic that will be a much-loved addition to every child’s home this Christmas.

£6.99 (paperback) published by Oxford University Press

Santa’s Wonderful Workshop by Elys Dolan

Written & illustrated by talented author & artist Elys Dolan, this festive tale invites readers into a Christmas extravaganza like never before! Step inside Santa’s bustling workshop, where the festive season is gearing up to be the busiest yet. But amidst the toy-making chaos, there’s more than a few hiccups – from a mischievous polar bear on the loose to a toy factory fixated on making toasters, and even unexpected visitors from the South Pole.

This picture book perfectly captures the excitement of the Christmas countdown, delivering a delightful blend of fun and silliness that will have readers giggling with every turn of the page. Elys Dolan’s unique and comical style, paired with her knack for crafting hilarious stories, makes this book a joy to read and revisit. With its playful narrative and vibrant illustrations, Santa’s Wonderful Workshop promises a jolly good time for the whole family during the holiday season.

£6.99 (paperback) published by Oxford University Press

Walking in a Winter Wonderland illustrated by Tim Hopgood

If you missed the acclaimed American jazz & blues singer Gregory Porter singing festive favourite Walking in a Winter Wonderland alongside Tim Hopgood’s gorgeous illustrations on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, now is another chance to share this beautiful Christmas gift with your child. Featuring the enchanting lyrics by Richard Smith and Felix Bernard, this book is a heartwarming celebration of the festive season. Award-winning illustrator Tim Hopgood beautifully captures the magic of wintertime in this delightful book, showcasing stunning illustrations filled with dancing snowflakes and charming animals that will captivate readers of all ages.

An ideal Christmas gift, this book embraces the joy of spending time with loved ones during the holidays. With an accompanying CD that includes Peggy Lee’s beloved rendition of the song and a friendly read-along recording with page-turn signals, children can immerse themselves in the wonder of the season while enjoying the captivating artwork by Tim Hopgood whose award-winning talent shines through on the beautiful illustrations on every page.

£8.99 (paperback & CD) published by Oxford University Press

The Tree That’s Meant To Be by Yuval Zommer

Written and illustrated by the talented Yuval Zommer, The Tree That’s Meant To Be is a heartwarming tale selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times. This endearing story follows a small fir tree that feels isolated when all the other trees are chosen by families at Christmas. However, the lonely tree discovers love and warmth amid the snowy forest when the woodland animals gather around, spreading cheer and celebrating the season.

This beautiful picture book carries a powerful message of embracing one’s uniqueness and resonates with themes of kindness, generosity, and the true essence of Christmas. Yuval Zommer, known for his award-winning informative gift books for children, delivers a touching narrative perfect for families to share during the festive season.

£6.99 (paperback) published by Oxford University Press

The Lights that Dance in the Night by Yuval Zommer

The Lights That Dance in the Night by acclaimed author and illustrator Yuval Zommer is a wonderful festive picture book that vividly imagines the journey of the Northern Lights from space to Earth. With enchanting storytelling, Zommer illustrates how these ethereal lights weave a special magic for the animals and people inhabiting the frozen lands below.

Perfect for sharing during the festive season, this picture book captures the essence of celebration and the transformative journey from darkness to light. Yuval Zommer’s bestselling status and stunning atmospheric artwork ensure a delightful reading experience, making this book a radiant addition to any child’s Christmas celebrations.

£7.99 (paperback) published by Oxford University Press