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Lovely article on the Maverick Early Readers scheme in NATE’s Primary Matters magazine this month!

We are delighted to see Maverick editor Kimara Nye’s article on our Early Readers scheme appearing in the Primary Matters Autumn 2018 issue! The magazine is published by the National Association for the Teaching of English and our article explains the vision, development and testing of the 70 title scheme including the launch last week of the new dedicated Early Readers website with audio assistance videos, activity packs and other resources for teachers and parents.

The Early Readers are available from the major book wholesalers and school and library supply companies. Peters and Browns Books for Students are currently offering 40% off of a selection of the Early Readers as back to school promotions!

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New dedicated Early Reader website for teachers and parents launching tomorrow!

We are delighted to announce that our new dedicated Early Reader website will be live tomorrow, Friday the 14th September!


This website includes all of our Early Reader titles with sections for parents and teachers.  There is an area for resources, which will include audio assistance videos for our pink, red, yellow and blue bands.  Each book is read out with the words highlighted on the screen, allowing children to follow the text. We will also have downloadable Activity Packs for the books in the scheme. These packs are all free and will have lots of fun activities for children to do surrounding each story.

Have a look from tomorrow here!



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My Book Corner gives a big thumbs up for new Early Readers!

Sarah at My Book Corner has posted some great reviews for two of our new blue and yellow band Early Readers published last month:

Clare Helen Walsh’s (The Aerodynamics of Biscuits) lovely story of King Carl and his wonderful day out at the fair will be a joy for all ages to read. With counting sequences and beautiful illustrations by Marina Pessarrodona, each page is bursting with colour.’

‘This is a super story to celebrate how one person doing a good deed can mean the world to another. Patricia Reagan’s illustrations and Clare Helen Walsh’s wonderful words take the young reader on Jim’s story as he helps the fisherman, only to be given what he wanted all along, in return.’

Many thanks, Sarah! Read the full review here.

Order our Early Readers from Hive at good discounts and free delivery here. You can opt to have them delivered to you or to your local bookshop which will then receive a percentage of the sales.

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‘A deliciously appealing set of banded reading books’ Chez L’Abeille reviews new Early Readers!

Primary school teacher Cathy at Chez L’Abeille recently reviewed two of our new yellow and blue band Early Readers publishing this month:

One of the longest standing debates in the teaching of reading must be the reading scheme vs. “real books” one. Over nearly 35 years of being involved in the teaching of reading, this one has rumbled and rumbled. Being a realist, I was always aware that the barrier to reading a published picture book independently lay in the complexity of the written words and this remains the main stumbling block.

Maverick have grasped this nettle and are building a deliciously appealing set of banded reading books which combine both the aesthetics of a picture book, yet have the graded vocabulary required to match a child’s developing decoding skills. The colour bands used to grade the books are derived from the “Book Band” system, developed by the Institute of Education, and used widely in schools to match books across the many existing schemes. I’ve been a long-standing devotee of the book bands, as they give teachers a short hand system for judging the relative difficulty of a book. In my day job I work with primary schools and this includes the moderation of reading assessments in Reception and Year. At times like this, being able to judge a book by its cover comes in very handy!’

About Jim and the Big Fish (yellow band) by Clare Helen Welsh she said:

It is a charming story with a seaside setting…. There are simple sentences and speech bubbles which feature easily decodable words, perfect for the developing reader. The usual quiz is at the end of the book to support recall skills.’ 

About Little Scarlet’s Big Fibs (blue band) by Katie Dale she said:

‘This is based on the traditional Red Riding Hood story but with a great twist that will get children laughing! There is an increase in the number of sentences on the page, which will build reading stamina, but the reader is still supported by decodable words to help fluency. Small illustrated clues also give the reader information about just what Little Scarlet is up to and why Granny isn’t getting her treats. 

Once again the high production values and quality of the writing shine through in both books and I think these are a great addition to the Maverick Early Reader scheme.’

Thanks, Cathy!

Read the full review here.

Buy copies of the Early Readers here.

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New Early Readers brochure featuring 60 titles mail out with Teach Primary!

We have just prepared a new brochure including all 60 Early Reader titles which will be mailed out to 18,000 subscribers in the special literacy edition of Teach Primary over the summer!

If you would like copies of the brochure or a PDF of it please get in touch. The next brochure will come out in 2019 with 100 titles including white and gold reading bands and non-fiction books.

Read more about this rapidly expanding and popular scheme here

Watch out for more information about a new purpose built website for the Early Readers including an audio/visual feature. Children will be able to follow the text in the books and listen to a professional English reader’s pronunciation of the words on each page.


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‘Perfect for home and school’: Pink band Early Reader gets a thumbs up from My Book Corner!

Our Early Readers are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. Our latest fan is My Book Corner which recently reviewed pink band Early Reader Meg and Rat and Puff! Puff! Puff! by Cath Jones and illustrated by Adam Pryce.

These two stories come in one book, part of Maverick’s Early Reader scheme. They are banded as Maverick’s Book Band Pink, which is the first level in Maverick’s scale of reading difficulty.

What I really like about these two stories, is that they are just that – stories. They are told in very few words, with the story being told by Adam’s Pryce’s delightful illustrations too.

‘Meg and Rat’ – Children will love this story. It has a hunt for treasure, a lost map and a great twist, all told in very few words. This story is cleverly written with repetition of sentences, with just one word different. The unexpected end made my daughter chuckle.

‘Puff! Puff! Puff!’ – The repetition of ‘Puff! Puff! Puff!’ throughout this story is great fun. I like how each character’s name rhymes with the type of animal they are. My daughter was fascinated with the last page and studied it for ages.

Each story is complemented with a page focusing on one letter and its formation. There is another page with words to familiarise the reader to, high frequency words, tips for reading the books and a suggested fun activity.

The Early Readers are perfect to share with your child at home, as well as for use in schools.’

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Watch out for more Early Readers coming out this year!

Buy a copy of the book  here and read the review here

See all 40 Early Readers in the scheme here

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My Book Corner gives top marks to Blue Band Early Reader The Smart Hat!

My Book Corner posted a fantastic review for blue band Early Reader The Smart Hat by Cath Jones and illustrated by Paul Nicholls:

‘I imagine that children who are reading this themselves, will really enjoy the story. Having worked in schools myself and sat with children listening to them read, I know only too well that some of the stories in early readers can be lacking. Not The Smart Hat – it has the plot of a picture book story, but told in a small number of easy to read words.

Paul Nicholls’s illustrations are bright, fun and colourful. I especially like the night time pictures with all the nocturnal animals, with the beautiful night sky.

The Early Reader has a focus of the ‘ow’ and ‘oo’ phonemes. The book is graded as Blue band on Maverick’s Book Band scale. There is a great quiz at the end of The Smart Hat, to help promote discussion of what happened in the story.’

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See the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

See all of the 40 titles in the Early Readers series here

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‘A great first insight into the Stone Age’ Thumbs up for Purple Band Early Reader Stone Underpants

Tara Potter (Hickman) posted a wonderful review of purple band Early Reader Stone Underpants by Rebecca Lisle and illustrated by Richard Watson on her blog:

Children giggled at the title and continued giggling all the way to the end. This is a great first insight into the Stone Age and contains many useful comments on properties of different materials. Beautifully illustrated. Obviously, any book that mentions ‘bottoms’ is going to be a hit with this age group!
Freshen up your Purple Banded Readers from www.maverickbooks.co.uk – all colour bands available!’

Thanks, Tara!

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Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

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Look out for Cath Jones’ bookshop events coming to Kent and SW London!

Maverick author Cath Jones will be touring the bookshops of Kent and SW London this autumn reading from her new picture book Bonkers about Beetroot and Early Reader The Smart Hat and enjoying craft activities! Don’t miss an event near you:

Wed 13th September, 10.30am The Sheen Bookshop, 375 Upper Richmond Road SW14 7NZ. The Smart Hat. Reading followed by hat making.

Monday 23rd October, 3.00 pm, Waterstones Canterbury, 6-8 Rose Ln, Canterbury CT1 2SJ. Bonkers About Beetroot. Reading and craft activity.

Wednesday 25th October, 2pm, The Rye Bookshop (Waterstones), 25 High Street, Rye TN31 7JF. Bonkers About Beetroot. Reading and craft activity.

Friday 27th October, 11.00am, Bundle of Books, 6 Bank Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5EY. Bonkers About Beetroot. Reading and craft activity.

Wednesday 1st November, 10.30am The Sheen Bookshop, 375 Upper Richmond Road SW14 7NZ. Bonkers About Beetroot. Reading and craft activity.

Hope to see you there!

Order a copy of The Smart Hat here

Pre-order a copy of Bonkers About Beetroot here

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‘Simple, but also simply fun’ The Bookbag’s wonderful review for Early Reader Cool Duck and Lots of Hats!

The Bookbag recently published a great review of pink band Early Reader Cool Duck and Lots of Hats by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Giusi Capizzi. Thanks, Sam!


‘Although incredibly simple, Dale’s stories are also a little daft so they are still fun. Capizzi is able to capture this sense of lightness in the drawings. This makes a book that could have felt like my first academic text, actually feel like my first special book just for me.

For parents who are worried about how they can help their child develop their reading, Maverick have included a section for both stories about the book’s aims, what the important words are and the type of questions you may want to ask. All children will develop at different rates and the fact that all the Early Learner books are part of a staggered progression means that you can buy the book that suits your child. I can certainly recommend Cool Cat and Lots of Hats as a very first emerging reader book; it is simple, but also simply fun.’

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here

See all 40 titles in our Early Readers scheme here

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