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Author Alice Hemming to visit two schools for World Book Day!

Alice Hemming, author of George and the New Craze, A Gold Star for George and The Black and White Club will be visiting two schools around World Book Day:

Wednesday 22nd February

She will be participating in the KS1 and KS2 assemblies and running workshops with Year 2 students at Fairlands School in Stevenage

Friday 3rd March

She will be reading her stories in the library with Early Years and Year 1 students at St Cedd’s in Chelmsford

 

 

 

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The Black and White Club one of this month’s bestsellers at Boolino!

The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming is named as one of this month’s bestsellers at Boolino!

 

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Have a look at the full list here

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ITV Signed Stories celebrate Irish Sign Language Awareness week!

We’re very pleased to announce that three of Maverick’s favourite titles will be shown next week on RTE, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster.

RTE have an Irish Sign Language programme, Signed Stories, which is on every day and features members of the RTE team enthusiastically telling stories with props and backdrops and all manners of exciting things making story time and picture books accessible to young, deaf children.

Next week is Irish Sign Language Awareness week and to celebrate, RTE will show three of Maverick’s stories on the programme.

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These include The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming, Grandma Bendy by Izy Penguin and The Jelly That Wouldn’t Wobble by Angela Mitchell.

These three titles are also included on the ITV signed stories app.

The stories will be shown next week from the 19th September.

For more information about Irish Sign Language, visit ISL Everywhere

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Big thumbs up for our Early Readers from Madhouse Family Reviews

We’ve had another great endorsement for our early readers, this time from Madhouse Family Reviews!

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The Early Readers have retained the atmosphere, fun stories and appealing illustrations of the originals, just in a simplified, more accessible form.

As Pierre already knows the stories from listening to me read him the originals, he’s been really excited about trying to read them himself. The fact that he already knows the essence of the tales increases his confidence and helps him sound out some of the more difficult words.

As both a teacher and a parent, the series, and the accompanying learning resources, get a big thumbs up from me.
We couldn’t ask for a better endorsement! Read the full review here.
Buy your own copies by clicking the links below:

 

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Another great review for our Early Readers

We’ve had another fantastic review from regular Maverick reviewer – Laura who writes at the blog Yummy Mummy Flabby Tummy.

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These Early Readers are a great addition to the Maverick Book collection and I love that they aren’t brand new stories but ones that Miss C is familiar with. I felt that they boosted her confidence when she was reading them because we had read the picture books before.

We’re so pleased that the early readers are proving to boost reading confidence. We decided to adapt our current picture books for this very reason and also so that children don’t feel like they have to say  goodbye to their favourite picture books as they grow up because the Maverick stories will grow with them.

Thanks for the lovely review Laura! Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the our early readers by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

 

 

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“Adapting picture books that are already well-loved into early readers.”

One of our favourite Maverick reviewers has reviewed our brand new Early Readers. Mary, who writes at Over 40 and a Mum to One, has given our Early Readers an amazing review. She has also aptly published it the day that her son starts his first day of Year One. Apparently he wasn’t too thrilled to say goodbye to summer! Mary explains the difference between each of the three book bands which we’ve used and at what stage a child would progress through the bands. She also provides links to her reviews for the picture book versions of each book. Here’s a snippet of her excellent review.

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“[Monkey] loves books as do I, but has always been far keener for me to read to him, than to read for himself. We’ve had a very clear distinction between books he brings home from school that he ‘has’ to read, and every other book in the world which Mummy ‘must’ read to him.  I’m hoping that may change as Maverick Arts Publishing launch an Early Readers range.  The first five books published in the series are based on some of his favourite picture books.

I love the idea of adapting picture books that are already well-loved, into early readers.  It’s a great way of encouraging children, especially those more reluctant self readers to try. Priced at £5.99 each I can thoroughly recommend for anyone joining the road to reading journey.”

Our aim when creating these early readers was to help with literacy. We know that reading is a real challenge for children and while some may like being read to, they aren’t keen to read for themselves. We hoped that by adapting some of our well-loved stories that we could overcome this problem and encourage children to read the stories they love independently. We hope that our Early Readers help Monkey and that he will grow to be a confident and voracious reader, like his mother! Thanks for the in-depth and positive review! Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the our early readers by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

 

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This Day I Love loves our Early Readers today!

We’ve had another review for our wonderful early readers which were released last Friday. This time from Leyla who writes for the blog This Day I love. She shared the early readers with her two daughters, her oldest is just starting her second year of school and her youngest is starting her first, so they are the perfect readers for our new venture!

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Leyla made the excellent point that children are discouraged from reading when the early readers made available to them aren’t very interesting. This was what Maverick aimed to address when we published our early readers. We wanted them to be effective educational tools, but still remain a great story that children love and will return to time and time again!

Here’s what Leyla had to say:

Maverick books have launched their Early readers which have been carefully adapted from the original picture books by the author and Catherine Baker, an educational specialist.  There are also a host of learning resources available to help both teachers and parents.

 

This adaptation means the girls are already familiar with their favourite stories and love that they then have independence in reading the books themselves.  

The girls love the Maverick Early Readers books [so] much that I often find them playing libraries with them.  They set up the library then check out a book, read it and then return it!

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We love the idea of mini Maverick libraries and are thrilled that the books are making an impression already!

Read the full review here.

Buy your own copies of the books by clicking the links below.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

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Parents in Touch review our Early Readers!

Parents in Touch have reviewed our Early Readers on their special Learning to Read page and they’ve had plenty of good things to say about them! Here are some of the highlights:

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“These Early Readers have been adapted from their existing picture books, carefully edited by each author in conjunction with Catherine Baker, an educational specialist. This ensures the books fit into the industry standard book bands; the books reviewed here are banded Green, Orange and Turquoise – the spines are coloured accordingly and there is a coloured star on the cover; this all helps to make teachers’ lives easier.”

“The high quality storytelling coupled with the excellent illustrations in these books makes them really appealing – a great incentive to encourage children to persevere with their reading.”

“The series is made even more outstanding by the excellent learning resources thay have been created to accompany each book. The pack for this book includes a suggested lesson plan for readingYuck! said the Yak; a detailed list of the language and linguistic features included in the text; an activity sheet for children to enjoy after readingthe book and a colouring in sheet.The packs are free to download from the Maverick Books website.

Each book has a short quiz at the end – as well as checking children’s understanding, these are great to use as prompts for further discussion. This is a fabulous start to the new venture – I am really looking forward to seeing what is to follow.

We’re very please that the Early Readers are being received well and we’re also happy to announce that all five books are released today! Buy your own copies by clicking the links below. Read the full review at Parents in Touch here.

A Scarf and a Half

The Black and White Club

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Preposterous Rhinoceros

Yuck! said the Yak

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George is swimming in gold star reviews!

Dolly and Regina wrote the most adorable review for the most adorable giraffe in children’s books. A Gold Star for George received 5 Dolly Heads for excellence!

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I love this creative story of friendship and teamwork, and a main character who is selfless and knows what it means to have good self-esteem, even when a bit disappointed. George once again proves there is no “i” in “team” and that being a good friend makes you a real winner.

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Dolly and I are big fans of George and look forward to reading more stories about him! We hope to get our paws on a copy of “The Black and White Club” by author Alice Hemming! We love the bright, quirky and humorous elements to these illustrations, particularly the great faces from each of the zoo animals. If it was us handing out the gold stars, George would have a fence-full. Author Alice Hemming gets 5 Dolly Heads (gold stars) for this thoughtful, funny and lovely book.

We love Kimberley’s illustrations too! She really captures the heart of the animals of the Heavenly Hippo’s Wildlife Park! Thank you for lovely review!

Read the full review here.

Buy A Gold Star for George here.

 

 

 

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First fantastic review for our early readers!

We’ve had our first amazing review for our brand new set of early readers which come out this Friday. Jessica, at handy mummy tumblr, is both a parent and a teacher so we really trust her expertise when she says that our early readers great!

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We really enjoyed the stories and started to talk about some things in reading and writing such as rhyme and letter sounds.
We also discussed the questions at the back. It is great to have these included as many parents would not be able to think of questions to ask on the spot an children need these skills to help develop their comprehension.

From a teacher’s point of view I really like them as they have been colour banded and each includes the questions of differing abilities that I previously mentioned.

There are also free (yes free!) activity packs that go with each text. These include features such as possible learning objectives, sounds covered and questions about the text. They also tell you the cross curricular topics that could be covered.

I found this set of books great as both a parent and a teacher. Great resources, lovable characters and feel good stories. Perfect for helping children develop the skills they need to become solid readers.

We couldn’t have asked for a better first review for our early readers!

Read the full review here.

Buy your own early readers (released 28/08) by clicking the links below:

Preposterous Rhinoceros 

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus 

A Scarf and a Half 

Yuck! said the Yak

The Black and White Club 

 

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