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Spinning Into Calendar Club Stores, Maverick Publishing Early Reader Spinners

Maverick Publishing and the Calendar Club stores have got you covered for all your Early Reader’s needs.

Maverick Publishing is excited to be working together with the great team at the Calendar Club to offer you Early Readers that will put you in a spin.

Available in 20 stores across the UK, the Calendar Club will be displaying our Maverick Early Readers spinner. Containing 80 of our Early Reader titles, the spinner exhibits the whole range of our Maverick Guided Reading Scheme, from Pink (level 1) all the way to White (Level 10).

We are excited to be working with the Calendar Club and to be able to bring our spinners to you, if you need any more information on availability, please contact the Calendar Club here.

All our Early Readers are also available to purchase on the Calendar Club website, as well as in stores.

Displaying stores:
Drake Circus, Plymouth
White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds
Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead
Designer Outlet Centre, Livingston
Sovereign Centre, Weston Super Mare
More coming soon!

(Subject to trade opening)

Keep up to date by following our Twitter, @maverickbooks

If you would like any more information about our Maverick early reader scheme, visit our dedicated website: www.maverickearlyreaders.com We also provide free downloadable audio and activity packs, ensuring that reading is fun for even the most reluctant of readers.

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‘Amazingly presented and got rave reviews from my class’ Addicted to Books road-tests some new non-fiction Early Readers!

Teacher Mrs Wylie on the Book Addict site has road-tested our new non-fiction Early Readers with her class and posted some glowing reviews:

Woah! What’s the Weather?

This book for young readers is full of fun facts and information about weather of all kinds. The information is presented in a very child-friendly way with beautiful, full colour pictures. It is presented from the point of view of aliens Finn and Zeek, as a guide to fellow aliens who might need to prepare for visiting earth, which makes it unique and enjoyable for children. There is a detailed glossary and discussion questions at the end. Perfect for Guided Reading and group discussion.’

Dress to Impress

Again, the bright, colourful pictures add so much to the information that is being presented, leaving no doubt as to what is being discussed. It is a clear discussion of the many wonderful ways that people dress around the world. Perfect for helping children learn about other cultures and people from around the world.’

Wild and Wacky Animals

This was my favourite of the new non-fiction books that I read. The excellent descriptions and amazing pictures really made the animals jump off the page and come to life. It highlights some of the more unusual animals on the planet, such as the Axolotl and Hoatzin Bird. Packed with loads of interesting facts, this book is sure to capture the attention of every reader.’

All of these books were amazingly presented and got rave reviews from my class. We particularly liked the way they were written as alien guides. We thought this was really interesting. The boldly coloured pictures were great as well.’

Thank you! Read the whole review including comments from the students here. To find out more about the books and to order click on the titles above!

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‘Instant child appeal’ Parents in Touch reviews some recent fiction and non-fiction Early Readers!

Parents in Touch has posted a review of some of our May and June fiction and non-fiction Early Readers:

Jim’s Junk and Fix It by Jenny Jinks (pink band)

‘The lively illustrations give the book plenty of appeal.’

Nuts! and Is that My Ball? by Jenny Jinks (red band)

Lost and found is the theme of the two stories in this book – I like the way there is a link between the two, to make it more meaningful for children.’

The Perfect Spot by Alice Hemming (yellow band)

An entertaining story, which children will identify with as a familiar situation.’

Shy Stan by Katie Dale (blue band)

As children progress through the reading bands, so the stories become longer and more enjoyable, reflecting Maverick’s commitment to always bringing us great story telling.’

Woah! What’s the Weather (turquoise band)

It’s always good to see non-fiction as part of reading schemes and this fits well with the curriculum as well as offering lots of talking points. The spread which shows weather symbols adds a fresh dimension to learning to read and to extracting information from books. There is also a very useful glossary, introducing another learning/research concept.’

Wild and Wacky Animals (purple band)

With excellent colour photos, this is informative and entertaining. The word breakdowns help children pronounce unfamiliar words, extending their comprehension and vocabulary.’

Dress to Impress (gold band)

It’s good to see these familiar characters featuring in books through the reading scheme, as the familiarity is enjoyable for children, who relate well to familiar characters. I like the fact the book includes a map of all the places visited, as map reading is another learning skill children need to acquire, and this simple map is ideal. As with all the Maverick Early Readers, the layout is clear and really makes reading a pleasure.’

Read the whole review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here

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‘Will add a positive additional dimension to any school reading scheme’ Chez L’Abeille checks out the new non-fiction Early Readers!

Cathy at Chez L’Abeille posted a great review for our new non-fiction Early Readers published at the end of May:

These books have a similar format to the fiction readers. They are the same size and have a new spread for each item. There is also the established quiz at the end. However, the contents page, introduction and index/glossary will enable young readers to use their reference skills to locate specific information and build their vocabulary. The spreads are clearly laid out and alongside the main text and pictures we have commentary from Zeek and Finn, which adds additional information.

I think these books will add a positive additional dimension to any school reading scheme – often non-fiction books are more inaccessible for younger readers but there are many children who don’t want to always read fiction. For the child who, like me, wants to find out about the world around them, these may be just the thing!’

Thank you, Cathy! Read the full review here and find out more about the books and download free audio files and activity packs on our dedicated Early Reader website here.

We have four more non-fiction titles publishing in August!

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‘The best book-banded series I have come across’ The Merry Bookworm reviews some new higher band Early Readers!

Lorraine at The Merry Bookworm has posted another wonderful review for our recently published higher band Early Readers:

Max the Sheepdog by Cath Jones and Illustrated by Valeria Issa: Purple Band

This is a lovely story about a young dog trying to find his way in life. Its underlying message is that everyone is good at something, even if it takes them a while to work out what it is. Hugo really liked Valeria Issa’s bold and distinctive illustrations, particularly the sheep who rudely pulls its tongue out!’

The Chicken Knitters by Cath Jones and Illustrated by Sean Longcroft: Gold Band

This is a cleverly-written book which wraps humour around the issue of animal welfare, resulting in a funny, warm-hearted story that everyone will enjoy. We loved Sean Longcroft’s quirky illustrations, particularly the chickens wearing their funky knits! As soon as Hugo saw the cover of this book, he immediately pointed out that the pictures reminded him of another Maverick book he really enjoyed – Nanny Ninja – which was also illustrated by Sean. It shows just how much notice children take of book illustrations!’

The Spooky Sleepover by Elizabeth Dale and Illustrated by Steve Wood: Gold Band

We enjoyed this nocturnal adventure story, which encouraged Hugo to race to the end as he was most intrigued to find out whether or not the ghost was real! A fun and entertaining read, with brilliant, expressive illustrations by Steve Wood.’

The Great Pants Robbery by Heather Pindar and Illustrated by Serena Lombardo: White Band

Hugo was very taken by this book – he is of that age where the word ‘pants’ in the title makes a story immediately appealing! He loved the initial mystery, and the ‘courtroom drama’ generated lots of discussion about the role of judges. We also loved Serena Lombardo’s colourful, inclusive illustrations.’

Picnic Planet by Alice Hemming and Illustrated by Emma Randall: White Band

‘This is a wacky space adventure – starmite sandwich anyone? – which highlights to children the consequences of not following instructions. There’s also a subtle touch of ‘do unto others…’. Emma Randall’s detailed pencil illustrations complement the story beautifully.’

This is the best book-banded series I have come across and I can’t recommend the stories highly enough. They have simply worked wonders for my son’s reading confidence, ability and enjoyment. Maverick is intending to supplement the scheme with non-fiction very shortly, too, which I think will be a real game-changer as not all children are motivated by fiction alone, Hugo being a case in point.’

Thank you! Read the full review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here to see all the books in the scheme, find links to ordering and download free audio files and activity packs

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‘Glorious selection’ Library Girl & Book Boy fab review for higher band Early Readers!

Library Girl & Book Boy has just posted a wonderful review for our recently published higher band Early Readers:

‘Learning to read can be a tricky (and sometimes tedious) business.  Although it can be beneficial to read a series of books based on familiar characters, the stories can end up being a little formulaic and uninspiring.

My years of teaching (and parenting) experience have shown me nothing if not that variety is the spice of life, which is why I personally believe that having a varied range of carefully levelled and produced reading scheme books is the way forward to inspire pupils to keep on reading. That’s why I’m so thrilled that companies like Maverick Books have produced their own reading scheme using great authors and illustrators, and in careful consultation with educational experts.

This glorious selection includes titles from the purple, gold and white bands.  The purple titles are longer stories, with the golds and white being structured in chapters.  They are all packed with lots of colourful and engaging illustrations to match the stories by a range of authors which means no predictable plot lines or characters.

If you’re looking to update your reading scheme, make sure you consider the excellent selection from Maverick Books.’

Thank you!

Read the full review here and visit our dedicated Early Reader website here where you can find links to ordering and download free audio files and activity packs

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‘I can’t recommend these Early Readers highly enough’ The Merry Bookworm review!

Lorraine at The Merry Bookworm has posted a fab, very thoughtful review of some of our most recent Early Readers:

Regular visitors to the blog will know that I am a huge fan of Maverick’s Early Reader books. They are everything book-banded reading schemes should be (but are so often not…): full of entertaining, boldly-illustrated and inclusive stories, which not only help children to learn to read, but more importantly encourage reading for pleasure right from the outset. I was delighted, therefore, to receive some of the latest Early Reader releases from the lovely people at Maverick, albeit not as excited as my son, who literally whooped for joy when he opened the parcel and dived straight in…

The Little Green Monster by Jill Atkins and illustrated by Daniel Limon – Purple Band
This is a brilliantly entertaining and funny story, with the underlying message that while it’s good to try hard and do your best, it’s also OK to make mistakes. Aside from really enjoying the story, my son also loved the bold and expressive illustrations.

The Magic Music Box by Katie Dale and illustrated by Giovana Medeiros: Gold Band
With inclusive characterisation and a touch of magic and sparkle, this engaging story encourages children to persevere, follow their dreams and pay kindness forward. My daughter squirrelled this book away shortly after it arrived and it has remained in her room ever since. As she has been a ‘free reader’ for over a year now, it shows that these stories appeal to more confident readers too, not just to those on book-banded schemes.

The Coach, the Shoes and the Football by Katie Dale and illustrated by Ellie Oshea: Gold Band
The story is a clever, modern take on the Cinderella fairy tale, which will appeal to boys and girls alike. It also has a subtle, underlying message that it’s important to tell an adult you trust if you are not being treated kindly. 

The Time Train by Jenny Jinks and illustrated by Letizia Rizzo: White Band
We all loved this pacey, time-travelling adventure, with trips to the Stone Age, Ancient Egypt and the Future. It’s an exciting, action-packed story: both children loved spotting the ‘changes’ made to history and we had fun following the antics of Letizia Rizzo’s stowaway caveman!

The Detective Club: Buried Treasure! by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Kelly O’Neill: White Band
This is an entertaining and satisfying adventure story, with echoes of The Secret Seven. We enjoyed trying to figure out who was the perpetrator of the crime, and the children were very excited to eventually find out that it was a dastardly grown-up! It did make me smile when Hugo said, with a shake of his head, “Crime never pays, Mummy…”

If you are looking for book-banded stories for your children, then I can’t recommend these Early Readers highly enough.’

Thank you, Lorraine! Read the full review here and learn more about the whole scheme on our dedicated website here with free audio file and activity pack downloads and links to ordering these and other titles in the 100 title series.

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Calling all literacy teachers: New free Teacher’s Guide now available!

To accompany our 100 title strong Early Reader banded reading scheme we have published a 160 page Teacher’s Guide which gives details on how the scheme is built with a page on each book band with the full criteria. It also goes into more detail on the different levelling used, such as Lexile and AR Rating.

If you are interested in a free copy of the guide please send an email with your full address details to publicity@maverick-arts.co.uk

There are also free downloadable audio files and activity packs on our dedicated Early Reader website here

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‘Every bit as good as the best standalone books for emerging readers’ The Chicken Knitters gets a big thumbs up from Madge Eekal Reviews!

Madge Eekal Reviews has just published a glowing review of The Chicken Knitters (published 28 March 2019) a gold band Early Reader by wonderful storyteller Cath Jones:

The Chicken Knitters is a ‘Gold Level’ book in the Early Reading Scheme from Maverick Arts Publishing. I’ve now reviewed a handful of the books from this scheme… and I’ve been impressed by the quality and originality of the stories. However, this is the first time that I’ve singled out one book from this series to review separately. This is because The Chicken Knittersis every bit as good as the best standalone books for emerging readers.

Let’s start with the story itself. I loved everything about this from the slightly silly central premise to the details author, Cath Jones, incorporates. For example, when Lilly finds the barn is locked, she uses the handy knitting needle tucked behind her ear to get in. And, when she sees the chickens shivering, she immediately sets about knitting them some cosy chicken-sized jumpers. Her knitting skills also shape the plot and the climax when nasty Farmer Claw is defeated – yes, you’ve guessed it – by a trap Lilly and her friends have knitted!

While the story is light-hearted and instantly appealing, I also liked the way it subtly raises awareness around the issue of cruelty to battery chickens. The underlying theme about the triumph of good over evil is also always good for this age range.

As this is part of an early reading scheme the language is carefully selected to fit the book’s grading, but this is by no means obvious when reading this book. Instead, the text flows well with lots of interest that keeps the reader wanting to read on. The structure of the book into five distinct chapters is also shaped by the reading scheme but, again, this works well and gives the feel of a real ‘grown up’ book.

The full colour Illustrations by Sean Longcroft are clear, lively and colourful and complement the text well, giving clues to help the child decipher any unfamiliar words and aid their reading.’ 

Thanks, Madge!

You can order a copy of this title here or view all of our Early Readers (including several others by Cath) and download activity packs and audio files here

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‘Like a ray of sunshine’ High praise for new Turquoise band Early Reader The Oojamaflip

Sarah at My Book Corner has posted a wonderful review for new Turquoise band Early Reader by Lou Treleaven The Oojamaflip:

Lou Treleaven’s fantastically named book takes us on journey with our favourite professor as the reader considers what is needed to invent – a vivid imagination, an eye for science and sheer determination. With Julia Patton’s illustrations brightening up our literary world and detailing Professor’s inventions in a fun and informative way, this book is like a ray of sunshine.’

Thanks, Sarah!

Read the whole review here.

Find information about and order all of our Early Readers here (with free downloadable audio files and activity packs).

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