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‘Perfect for home, homeschooling and classrooms, I really can’t rate this scheme highly enough.’ The Merry Bookworm Merrily Rates Our Early Readers

Lorraine, otherwise known as The Merry Bookworm, has whizzed through our November batch of Early Readers; 

I regularly rave about the @maverick_books Early Reader scheme as it had such a massive impact on my son’s reading journey. Written in natural English and book-banded in line with The Institute of Education’s banding system, these stories are entertaining, engaging and fabulously illustrated – just the ticket for encouraging children to read for pleasure while they are learning to read, which I feel is so important. There are over 200 fiction and factual books in the range now, and as a big bonus, if you log on to you’ll find a plethora of additional free resources for many of the books, which massively increase the bang for your buck – or should that be book? 🥴😁(swipe to end pic for an example of the various activity sheets). There’s also free audio downloads available for all the books and free videos for books in pink – blue bands.
Even though my children are now of junior age, they have really enjoyed reading these latest stories, immediately spotting some of their favourite Maverick authors (@jenjinkswrites, in particular, is always very popular in our house!). It just demonstrates that great storytelling has no age boundaries.
A big thank you to Kate at Maverick for sending a selection of new books across to us. Perfect for home, homeschooling and classrooms, I really can’t rate this scheme highly enough.

Thank you, Merry Bookworm!
Take a look at The Merry Bookworms Instagram page here, and her blog page here for more reviews! 

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