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Share the magic of Maverick books – become a storyteller!

Maverick are launching a new distribution scheme and we’re recruiting!

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Are you a pro-active, driven and book-loving individual? Are you a massive Maverick fan? Then you could be a Maverick Storyteller! But what exactly does that mean?

What is a Maverick Storyteller? 

Put simply, a Maverick Storyteller is a pro-active and creative individual with a keen interest in sharing children’s stories, running events and representing Maverick as an independent distributor. The scheme is a great opportunity for these people to sell a quality product and bring some magic to children and their carers.


all photography by James MacDonald

What does a Maverick Storyteller do? 

Storytellers share the Maverick stories and sell the Maverick books. Storytellers are free to decide how they want to sell the books. Here are some examples of how our Storytellers operate:

  • Storytelling Sessions
  • School visits
  • Library sessions
  • Home parties
  • Villages fairs and fetes
  • Literary festivals
  • Author collaborative events


What benefits do Maverick storytellers receive? 

Each Storyteller can order a 16 book starter pack as a resource for running storytelling sessions and selling books. They can order any of the Maverick books from our distributor at a discount and can choose their own prices, making them in control of their profits. They receive rewards when they recommend friends to the scheme. They also have access to a secure online community where they can connect with other storytellers, share ideas, get advice and download helpful resources.

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Lorna Gill – Storyteller based in Brighton & Hove

Currently our storytellers operate in the South East and in London, so we are looking more pro-active book loving individuals to take the scheme to a national level. If you are interested in becoming a Maverick Storyteller, then visit our Storyteller site to find out what you need to do and how you can enquire. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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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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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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Lancashire Evening Post: Bewitching pigs, rhyming robots and a riotous rhino with Maverick

Pam Norfolk at Lancashire Evening Post has reviewed our latest releases!

‘Maverick is making a name for itself as a champion of new talent in the picture book market and with an expanding stable of imaginative authors and gifted illustrators, this small outfit is galloping into the big time.’ Read the whole review here.

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“This is a delightful little cautionary tale about the value of unusual talents, and listening to what other people have to say. Fulton’s inventive, flowing and addictive verse is transformed into action through Elina Ellis’s enchanting and larger-than-life illustrations.”

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Preposterous Rhinoceros by Tracy Gunaratnam (Buy here)

“There is plenty of slapstick fun and animal-size laughter in this enchanting picture book from a top author-illustrator duo who know just how to tickle a child’s funny bone. Tracy Gunaratnam’s cute and comical story about the joys of friendship and the value of learning to read becomes a visual feast of frantic antics through Marta Costa’s characterful and colourful illustrations.”

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“Warm-hearted, funny and delightfully quirky picture book from Alice Hemming, a children’s author noted for her touching stories which celebrate acceptance and diversity.  James Lent’s distinctive, bold and characterful illustrations help bring to life the irrepressible Robopop and his frantic antics with Daisy and Dylan.”

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“This is the fourth book in Zoa Gypsy’s high-octane, fun-filled series starring the inimitable Detective Jack and Deputy Poco Loco whose sleuthing often takes some wrong turns but always get there in the end. With Monika Suska’s charismatic illustrations bringing the words and action to life and a gallery of fascinating American facts to enjoy at the back of the book, this is an irresistible story for little thrill-seekers.”

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The Four Little Pigs by Kimara Nye (Buy here)

“This charming, addictive picture adventure is full of quirky characters, bold dialogue, lively illustrations and a marvellous ‘sneezy’ sound effect that will help little ones to join in the fun. Kimara Nye also conveys subtle messages about standing up to bullies, having faith in your own abilities and learning that a problem shared is a problem halved. A colourful, entertaining story that is destined to become a bedtime favourite…”

Thanks to Pam Norfolk and Lancashire Evening Post for the great reviews. Don’t forget to get your own copies of the books either on Amazon or from your local bookshop!


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Tracy Gunaratnam’s preposterous visit to Dulwich Books

A3Tracy Gunaratnam visited Dulwich Books last Saturday to read her first published picture book ‘Preposterous Rhinoceros.’ Tracy is one of Maverick’s newest authors and we are very excited about her book and expect it to become a favourite pick for bedtime in many households!

Tracy said about her first book event:

‘I had a lovely time at Dulwich Books, the staff were so helpful and  the children were great. The children were very knowledgeable about jungle animals  and happily  joined in with a, rather preposterous, jungle animal guessing game! After the story it was a joy to watch everyone take part in the Preposterous Rhinoceros colouring activity.’

We’d like to say thank you to everyone at Dulwich Books who have now hosted two of our authors and did a wonderful job on both days.

Make sure to get your own copy of Preposterous Rhinoceros either from your local bookshop or buy online here.


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We’re proud sponsors of blogger Ickle Pickle for Brit Mums Live 2015

Maverick are now the proud sponsors of blogger Ickle Pickle for the blogging event – BritMums Live 2015. Ickle Pickle is one of Maverick’s most loyal supporters and we are pleased that we have the opportunity to support the two year old blogger and his mum just as they have supported us.

BritMums Live is the UK’s biggest social media conference and blogger event. It is held for the UK’s community of parent bloggers to socialise, network, brush up their skills and learn how to take their blog to the next level.

The event is also home to the Brilliance in Blogging awards, nominations for which will open in March.

We’re so happy to be sponsoring Ickle Pickle and we hope the event is a great success!

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Yak visits Dulwich Books

Alex eventAlex English, author of Yuck! said the Yak, visited Dulwich Books last Saturday for storytime. Alex started the morning by reading one of her favourite picture books from her childhood, The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr. She then read her own book, Yuck! said the Yak to the eager children and then offered her thoughts on their yak masterpieces as they did some colouring in!

All in all the event was a great success and we thank Dulwich Books for all their hard work. Alex’s second book, Pirates don’t drive Diggers will be released in May.

Buy your own copy of Yuck! said the Yak here or at your local bookshop.

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