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Mucky pays a visit to Australia!

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Last week Mucky stopped by Wodonga Library in Australia for story time! Mrs Mac, and her lovable puppet assistant Bluey, read I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn by Rachel Lyon to the young and eager story lovers!

The library has also begun to share Mrs Mac’s story time choices on Youtube so that everyone, everywhere can enjoy these wonderful stories. Watch the video below of her and Bluey reading I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn.

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Our Submissions are now closed!

Layout 1We have decided to close our submissions for a short while in order to catch up with the stories we have received.

We are hoping that by the time we reopen we will be able to cut down the response time to a short 3 months!

Last week we announced that the submissions will be closing and implored all children’s writers out there to get their acts together and submit their manuscripts. It worked, because we received a month’s worth of submissions in just one week!

That’s right a whole MONTH in just one WEEK.

Thank you to everyone who submitted and well done for getting your manuscripts finished and polished in such a short space of time. We’re really happy that so many of you want to be published with Maverick and we hope that we can make some dreams come true soon.

In the meantime, we’ll be reading. A lot!

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It’s going to be a Maverick Summer!

Summer Reading Challenge BannerThree of Maverick’s picture books have been selected to be a part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 Record Breakers collection!

The three books are:

A Scarf and a Half by Amanda Brandon

The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming

I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn by Rachel Lyon

Maverick are thrilled to have three books selected for the programme and the authors and illustrators involved are over the moon to have been chosen.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic initative run by The Reading Agency. It gets three quarters of a million children into libraries over the summer months in order to keep up their confidence and eagerness when it comes to reading.

This year the Agency has chosen 71 different titles from over 20 different publishers to include in the Record Breakers collection. The books chosen cover a range of genres from non-fiction, fantasy, poetry, graphic novels, contemporary fiction and of course, picture books so there is something available for every young reader.

Visit  The Reading Agency to find out how to get involved this summer.



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Tidy comp from Tidy Books!

Tidy-Books-LogoMaverick has teamed up with Tidy Books to put together a ‘tidy’ competition of epic proportions in honour of World Book Day!

You can win the ultimate ‘First Library for your child: a Tidy Books Book Box plus a bundle of our best children’s picture books.

World Book Day is the perfect opportunity to boost your child’s library and get them excited about reading. At Maverick, literacy and a love of reading is at the heart of what we do and we love the work that Tidy Books does to instil a sense of pride for reading in children.

World Book Day is a fantastic cause which celebrates books and reading in fun and active ways to encourage children to love reading and remind parents how important books can be for a child.

There are hundreds of ways to get involved from author readings at your local bookshop or Library to dressing up as your favourite book character. Have a look at the World Book Day site to find an event near you and check out our own Events page to find out where Maverick’s authors will be.

Tidy Book’s award winning portable book box gets kids reading, it allows your child to be able to see and pick out the book they want to read, all by themselves.  The Box also comes with a play clock for a lovely introduction to telling the time.  Completely safe for children, the Tidy Books Box has rounded corners and is finished in an eco-friendly water lacquer that is safe for children, and also is better for the producers and the planet.

We’ll make bookworms out of your children yet!

It’s easy to enter!  Simply follow this link to the Tidy Books Comp page and tell us which colour of Tidy Books Box you would choose by leaving a comment on the app there.  If you’d like to have a greater chance of winning, you can earn extra entries by joining the Tidy Books’ Newsletter, by following Maverick and Tidy Books on Pinterest, and by tweeting about the giveaway. Good Luck!

The competition is open from 27th Feb until 8th March for UK residents only.

The prize offered is a Tidy Books Box in the colour of your choice. There are 20 Maverick Children’s Books.  The prize items will be dispatched separately.


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It’s World Book Day next week!

B + W World Book Day Poster 2015_A3It’s World Book Day next week! World Book Day is all about celebrating books and getting children excited about reading.

At Maverick, a love of books is at the heart of what we do. We create inspiring picture books with the aim of getting children excited about stories and encouraging them to learn to read those stories for themselves.

Reading and books are, of course, a huge passion for our authors as well so we’re pleased to see that they’re getting involved in World Book Day this year!



Find out where our authors will be to celebrate World Book Day:

Monday 2nd March

Alice Hemming will be at Bengeo School in Hertford

– Alice Hemming will be at Leaf Cafe Bookshop in Hertford for an afternoon session

Rachel Lyon will be at Croxteth Primary School in Liverpool

Tuesday 3rd March –

Julie Fulton will be at Winchcome Farm Day Nursery in Upper Tysoe

Alice Hemming will be at Brookland Infant and Nursery School, in Cheshunt for two days.

Alex English will be at Maidenbower Infant School in Crawley

Wednesday 4th March

Rachel Lyon will be at Alexandra Park School in Stockport

Thursday 5th March (World Book Day)

Tracy Gunaratnam will be at St Martin’s Infant School in Epsom

Giles Paley-Phillips will be at Lewes Old Grammar School

Alex English will be at Stroud School in Romsey

Alice Hemming will be at Heath Mount School in Watton at Stone

Julie Fulton will be at Rigby Hall School in Bromsgrove

Rachel Lyon will be at St Anne’s Church of England Primary School in St Helen’s

Amanda Brandon will be at Leigh Infant School in Southend-on-Sea

Friday 6th March

Alice Hemming will be at Hunsdon JMI School in Hertford

Tracy Gunaratnam will be at Daffodils Day Nursery in London


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Submissions are closing!

Layout 1Our submissions will be closed from Thursday 5th March for a few months to catch up with the outstanding amount of submissions we have received over the last year.

If you are planning to submit, then now is the time to get your manuscript written, edited and submitted! Go to our submission page and find out how to send us your manuscript.

Things to do before you submit:

1. Read our Compulsory Guidelines carefully!

Compulsory is the keyword here, if your manuscript does not adhere to these rules then we can’t consider it. (Guidelines are on the submissions page)

2. Watch our Editor Kim’s Youtube video

Here Kim, Maverick’s Editor, gives you top advice on how to make your submission stand out to us.

3.  Make it Maverick!

We like quirky and fun texts, which are original and a little bit different. Check out the titles on our current list to see what kind of books we publish.

If you submitted a manuscript after June 2014 then keep checking your inbox, because a response   is on the way!

When we reopen submissions we will be up to date with those manuscripts currently under consideration and we hope to cut our response time down to 3 months, so that you don’t have to spend so much time twiddling your thumbs.

Happy writing!

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Daniel O’Dowd snapped up a review from the Book Bag!

Daniel O'Dowd RGB LR JPEGThe latest addition to the Ever So series, Daniel O’Dowd was ever so Loud, just keeps getting great reviews and now it can add a lovely positive review from the Book Bag to the list!

We’d like to thank Rachel Spencer for her kind words on the boy with the supersonic voice! She said:

‘Overall I think this is a really fun book, with a nice plot and great illustrations by Elina Ellis to match. It works brilliantly for sharing, as it engages with the reader in its energy and wit, and I can see this being read and enjoyed by a really wide range of people.’

Read the full review here.

She also recommended that everyone check out the other books in Julie Fulton‘s Ever So Series, so what are you waiting for? Snap up the rest of the collection now!

Mrs MacCready was ever so Greedy

Tabitha Posy was ever so Nosy

Miss Dorothy-Jane was ever so Vain

Daniel O’Dowd was ever so Loud

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Hedgehugs needs your vote!

People's book prizeWe were thrilled when Hedgehugs was announced as a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. Now we are thrilled that the Awards Ceremony this year will be broadcast live on Sky! It is going to be a very fancy affair indeed!

Horace and Hattie would love to celebrate a victory on live TV, but to do that they need your vote!

Register on the website to vote and leave a comment on the book. Voting will reopen in the weeks leading up to the ceremony on Wednesday 26th May, but register now and leave a comment to keep the Hedgehugs buzz going! We love all the support we get from the wonderful Hedgehugs fans out there.

This will be the 6th year of The People’s Book Prize. There has already been one Maverick winner, Giles Paley-Phillips won the 2011-2012 awards with his first picture book The Fearsome Beastie.

We hope Lucy and Steve will join him as Maverick winners this year.

The founder of The People’s Book Prize, Tatiana Wilson is thrilled that the awards will reach thousands more people this year. She said:

“We are heading for the big time. Our aim is to find, support and promote new and undiscovered authors and their publishers.  Our hope is to eradicate illiteracy. And who best to do this with but the public whom we have empowered to be the judge.”

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Another review in the bag (the book bag) for Preposterous Rhinoceros!

Preposterous Rhinoceros RGB LR JPEGPreposterous Rhinoceros, the first book written by Tracy Gunaratnam, as received yet another stellar review from The Book Bag.

Reviewer Sam Tyler has given Preposterous Rhinoceros his endorsement and called it the ‘perfect book for sharing.’

‘With a sweet central character who acts before he thinks, ‘Preposterous Rhinoceros’ is a perfect book for sharing. The story is well told and funny; full of nice ideas about the misinterpretation of words. Throw in some wonderful illustrations and this book will lead to some fun reading sessions.’

Preposterous Rhinoceros is all about learning to read for the first time and discovering the magic of words. It’s perfect for parents to share with their children before they embark on learning to read themselves, or for teachers to introduce reading lessons with their classes.

Buy your own copy of Preposterous Rhinoceros at your local bookshop or buy it online here.

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Amanda Brandon’s mural and a half!

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Amanda Brandon, author of ‘A Scarf and a Half‘, visited Jacqson Diego Story Emporium to create the biggest scarf mural the world has ever seen!

Amanda read the story of Little Lionel and his Granny to the children and then they enjoyed plenty of fun scarf and knitting related activities! Amanda said that the children most enjoyed seeing just how many people could be wrapped in ‘Granny Mutton’s scarf – a bright and colourful scarf and a half knitted by Amanda herself!

The children then all helped create a beautiful and colourful wall mural of a long and twisty scarf.

Jacqson Diego window display

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium is a fantastic addition to Westcliff-on-Sea run by wonderful staff who are dedicated to encouraging children to get excited about reading and providing them with a safe, comfortable and fun environment in which to explore the world of books.

Amanda said: “I received a warm welcome from Jacqson Diego on a very cold snowy day! It is a great place for children to discover books and be creative.”

Buy A Scarf and a Half at your local bookshop or buy it online here.

Amanda Brandon’s second book, ‘A Box of Socks’ will be released May 2015.

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