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Learning to Read – Maverick Early Readers Band 1

Maverick Books have adapted five of their existing picture books into Early Readers to support a young child on their early reading journey. Learning to read is a huge milestone in a child’s life and some children find it more difficult than others. There are various methods of learning to read but, however a child learns, it is important that they are encouraged to practise their reading skills with interesting, stimulating and fun reading materials that are relevant to their ability.

We are really impressed with the Maverick Early Readers Band 1 which have been edited by educational consultant, Catherine Baker, to fit into industry standard book bands. They are the perfect size for Key Stage One readers, have lovely shiny covers and the text is printed in an easy to read black font on a white background. My daughter was immediately drawn to the fact that they were the same shape as a ‘chapter book’ and was very excited that the pack included one of our favourite stories, Preposterous Rhinoceros,

My daughter enjoys the multiple choice quizzes at the end of each story which are designed to consolidate a child’s understanding of what they have read. The books are grouped into three colour bands according to difficulty and you can download a Learning Pack for each book on Maverick’s website. The Learning Packs include learning objectives, ideas for lessons and examples of language and linguistic features (e.g. alliteration, onomatopoeia, sight words and consonant clusters). There are also activity and colouring sheets to help extend children’s understanding of the text and stimulate further learning, the packs are a great resource for the classroom.

Green Band

Yuck! said the Yak by Alex English and Emma Levey tells the story of when Alfie met a Yak. This fun, first Early Reader incorporates rhyme, repetition and alliteration into the text.

Orange Band

The Black and White Club by Alice Hemming and Kimberley Scott tells the story of George the Giraffe’s attempts to join a club for black and white animals. We particularly like the activity sheets that come with this Early Reader, one encourages a child to think about George’s feelings and emotions throughout the story.

A Scarf and a Half by Amanda Brandon and Catalina Echeverri tells the story of Little Lionel’s extra long scarf and includes some great examples of onomatopoeia and alliteration.

Turquoise Band

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus by Steve Howson and Kate Daubney is a fun story for all dinosaur lovers which will also introduce and / or consolidate children’s understanding of adjectives.

Preposterous Rhinoceros by Tracy Gunaratnam and Marta Costa is already a well loved picture book in our house. The process of learning to read is shown in a humorous way, it’s the perfect subject for an Early Reader.

Maverick Early Readers Band 1 are really attractive for beginner readers and the learning packs are very useful for giving parents and teachers ideas to consolidate children’s literacy learning. We hope that there will be more, they would make a great addition to a class reading scheme or a home library. You can read more about the Early Readers and see reviews of the original picture books on Maverick’s website.

Thank you to Maverick for sending us review copies of your Early Readers.

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18 responses to “Learning to Read – Maverick Early Readers Band 1”

  1. Colette B avatar

    I love that they are clearly banded.
    Thanks for sharing your post on #TriedTested this week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You can really see the progression and the way that they get more difficult in each band.

  2. Kate avatar

    These look great and I love the idea of the quizzes at the end. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      The quizzes are a fun way to test understanding 🙂

  3. Baby Isabella avatar

    We’re going to look at getting some of these books! They sound fab 🙂 thanks for sharing #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re lovely, real books for real readers 🙂

  4. Janet Yarwood avatar

    These look lovely. I need to remember them when Monkey is a bit older!

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re also fun to read as picture books too 🙂

  5. chantelle hazelden avatar

    ooo I must take a look at these, they look perfect for my 5 year old to read. thanks for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re great. I hope your five year old will enjoy them.

  6. Iona@redpeffer avatar

    My son might be interested in these, I do like the sound of them. Especially the extension activities.

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re lovely because they don’t have that reading scheme feel that can often put children off.

  7. Sarah Doyle - let them be small avatar

    oooh – I’ve just bought my son some early readers books for his 3rd birthday – I don’t think he will be tackling them until he is a bit older but I can’t wait to start the reading journey with him.,, These books sound great too!

    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re lovely and especially good if a child is already familiar with the picture books.

  8. Emma - My Book Corner avatar

    Ooooo nice! I do enjoy Alex English’s writing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We love Alex’s ‘Pirates Don’t Drive Diggers, Lad’ 🙂

  9. Beth Willis miller avatar

    I love this post! I want to order them all for my 3.5 year old grandson. Thank you so much! Many blessings to you!

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Beth. I hope that your grandson will enjoy them 🙂