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‘Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes… they have made a huge difference’ Our Early Readers help The Merry Bookworm solve a picky reader problem!

We’ve just spotted a lovely review from The Merry Bookworm which encapsulates how our reading scheme differs from the others – it engages children and allows them to ENJOY reading:

If, like me, you have a young child who is bored of school reading books, you’ll know it’s not always easy to find alternatives that match their reading ability.  You might find, however, that a new range of Early Readers, published by Maverick Arts Publishing, solves your problems!  Maverick have taken fun, interesting picture books and adapted them so that children can make the transition from listener to reader; more importantly, they have aligned the books to the Institute of Education’s book banded system, so that you can always find stories that are perfectly suited to your child’s current reading level.

My son is notoriously picky when it comes to reading books.  He is not at all interested in Biff, Chip and Kipper – in fact, they are responsible for him perfecting his (rather impressive) eye-roll!  He wants stories that make him laugh, capture his imagination and have proper storylines, rather than texts that are built around various phonic sounds.  He also wants full-colour, interesting illustrations as he really enjoys looking at the pictures before he reads the words on the page.  These Maverick Early Readers tick all the boxes.  If I put a school reader and a Maverick Early Reader in front of him, he will always pick the Early Reader first and immediately crack on with reading it enthusiastically, whereas school books very seldom hold his attention and I have to continually encourage him to read (which is like pulling teeth at times).  My son also loves the quiz at the end of each book, which is great for checking understanding.  I can say, hand on heart, that they have made a huge difference to his love of reading (and my stress levels…) and have been worth every penny.’

Thanks, Lorraine! Read the full review here

Check out all the books in the scheme here and download free activity packs and audio files. Look out for 30 more titles publishing Spring 2019!

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Froggy Day wins Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

After voting from all our authors we are delighted to announce that FROGGY DAY by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos is the winner of the Maverick Book of the Year 2018!

Thanks to all the  Maverick authors who voted -the final result was extremely close- and many congratulations to Heather and Barbara for creating such a fantastic children’s picture book!

The trophy will be presented at our 10 year celebration party in March during the London Book Fair.

You can order your copy here


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‘Cute story about resilience’ The Calgary Herald enjoys some seasonal magic in The Snowflake Mistake

The Calgary Herald has run a nice little review for the US edition of The Snowflake Mistake by Lou Treleaven with illustrations by the aptly named Maddie Frost:

Charming illustrations and rhyming text tell the fictional account of how snowflakes became unique. This cute story about resilience would be enjoyed by preschoolers and is also a great lead into the science behind the snow for older readers.’

Thank you! Order the book in the US here and from elsewhere here 

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Crochet Now has gone bonkers for Bonkers about Beetroot!

Crochet Now magazine has run a piece on Bonkers about Beetroot author Cath Jones‘ local crochet group who decided to create the characters from the popular picture book which won Maverick Book of the Year in 2017!

You can buy a copy of this lovely title here



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New Early Readers publishing in January!

We have just received advance copies of ten new Early Readers publishing in January and don’t they look great?

These include titles in the orange, turquoise , purple, gold and white bands, bringing our list of Early Reader titles to 80. In March we will publish another 10 titles and in May a further 10 to take the scheme up to 100 books!

Visit our new Early Reader dedicated website where you can find free downloadable audio files and activity packs here.

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Maverick authors vote on Book of the Year 2018!

Voting has commenced!

Maverick authors are busy voting on the 2018 Maverick Book of the Year from a shortlist chosen by the Maverick office staff:

AdoraBULL by Alison Donald with illustrations by Alex Willmore
Arlo, Mrs Ogg and the Dinosaur Zoo by Alice Hemming with illustrations by Kathryn Durst
Froggy Day by Heather Pindar with illustrations by Barbara Bakos
The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown

The winning author and winning illustrator will enjoy a small cash prize, plus of course the trophy which will be engraved and presented at the Maverick 10 year celebration party next March at The London Book Fair.

Last year’s winner was the amazing Bonkers about Beetroot by Cath Jones with illustrations by Chris Jevons. Watch this space for an announcement of the winner for 2018!

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Two magical wintry books by Lou Treleaven to light up your little one!

We’ve noticed a define upward trend now that the weather is turning wintry in sales of two beautiful seasonal picture books by star author Lou Treleaven. Who wouldn’t want to cosy up with their favourite little one and enjoy inspirational stories with a gentle message of acceptance (and of course plenty of sparkly magic!) now that there is a chill in the air?


Buy your copy of The Snowflake Mistake here and Not Yet a Yeti here (lovely for Christmas presents too!)

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‘Wonderfully original and unfailingly entertaining’ Midwest Book Review highly recommends Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans!

Midwest Book Review has published a wonderful review of the US edition of Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller with illustrations by Barbara Bakos in its online magazine Children’s Bookwatch:

Rooster is so excited when his new skinny jeans arrive: the sparkling stitching, a striking gold hue, and the indigo denim, a dazzling blue! But what will the other animals think of his stunning new style? Charmingly written by Jessie Miller and delightfully illustrated by Barbara Bakos, “Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans” is a wonderfully original and unfailingly entertaining storybook tale for children ages 8 to 12, making it an ideal and certain to be enduringly popular addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers.’

The US edition is distributed by Lerner Books in a jacketed hardback edition at $17.99 which can be ordered here.

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‘I am very impressed with Maverick’s Early Readers’ Parents in Touch reviews some November new titles!

Parents in Touch has reviewed a selection of our Early Readers publishing this month in the orange, green, gold and white bands:


S.I.D. Snake in Disguise (green band)

One thing I always really enjoy about Maverick Books is their attractive presentation, which offers instant child appeal. It’s really good to see that carried forward onto their Early Readers series which have that same high appeal. Decodable at Letters and Sounds Phase 5. Green Book Band stories will now often include opportunities for children to use prediction skills, e.g. to guess what might happen next.’ 

Greedy Birds (green band)

Maverick Books are excellent at bringing us really good stories and their Early Readers are no exception with superb stories from top class authors. The original text of this story, as with others, has been modified by the author to be an Early Reader without losing any of the original appeal.’

A Knit and a Knot (orange Band)

Children will enjoy this lively story about determination, helpfulness and kindness.’ 

Mr Tash (orange band)

A hilarious story with super illustrations that makes reading a really enjoyable experience for children. Both the Green and the Orange Book Banded books include quiz questions to assess children’s understanding of their reading.’

Read the full review here

Visit our dedicated website for Early Readers with downloadable activity packs and audio files here

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Game of Stones wins Sheffield Childrens Book Award – Picture Books!

Maverick Publishing are delighted to announce the success of their book Game of Stones in last weeks Sheffield children’s book award. The book written by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson, won the picture book category (5-7 years), from a shortlist of Daisy Doodles (Oxford University Press) and Perfectly Norman (Bloomsbury). The award is voted by children from 222 school groups in the Sheffield area and several hundred children attend the actual ceremony. Past winners have included Michael Rosen, Kes Gray, J K Rowling and many other high profile household names during its 30 year history.

Both Rebecca and Richard attended the event, along with Maverick’s Managing Director, Steve Bicknell and Editor, Kimara Nye. Rebecca and Richard were thrilled to have ‘won an award voted for by children.’ Maverick MD, Steve commented, ‘This is our first major award in the past nine years of children’s publishing. We have been ‘knocking on the door’ for some time now and this success will spur on our very ambitious expansion plans.’

Game of Stones is the second book featuring the Stone Age character Pod and his inventions. The first book Stone Underpants was the winner of the EOCT/SLS Award earlier this year and a third book I, Pod is due to be published in April 2019.

Buy your copy of Game of Stones here.

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