Reading Pairs

#Reading Pairs – Maverick and picture books pairs

Children of all ages at key points in their reading journey may need extra support to explore the books out there, make connections and find books they want to read. Where all or most of the book related time is focused on practising reading some children may start to wonder what the point is. One good way to counterbalance this is to frequently read aloud picture books or have shared book time (exploring a book together). This could involve both reading the story and/or looking in more detail at the pictures together. Reading pairs are designed to encourage both.

#reading pairs for emerging readers contain a Maverick Early Reader and a picture book. Each reading pair is connected by a loose theme to help children build reading connections. 

I have chosen to pair a quality picture books by authors and illustrators that my children and my customers love with an early readers published by Maverick books. When I first discovered these readers what struck me was how different they were to many others I have seen. Read my blog review. I have chosen to focus on stages 3(Blue) to stage7 (Turquoise) as these is the period where experience has taught me children are particularly in need of encouragement. 

Reading Pairs 

Below are some great paired sets.  Love the idea but not sure the books are quite right for your child? No problem I can can create you some paired sets based around your child’s interests.

Maverick Early Readers are written by a team of talented authors to a unique set of guidelines tailored for Maverick’s reading scheme.  All colour bands are checked by the Institute of Education before publication.

Please see Mavericks Early Readers website for the details on their colours and stages.  But, if your child’s school uses Oxford Reading Tree their stages are shown below so you can make a rough comparison. You may also find the sample pages of the Maverick website useful.

Reading Pairs – Early Readers Blue (Stages 3)


Reading Pairs B2 –  Invitation to Parties – Price for pair £5.99

Picture book:   

You Must Bring a Hat

Early Reader:

Strictly No Crocs (Blue, stage 4)

Plus bonus Free blue level non-fiction reader.

Reading Pairs B3 – The right job for Pop and Mr Bump – £5.99 

Picture book: Mr  Bump

Early Reader: A Job for Pop (Blue, stage 4)

Reading Pairs – Early Readers Green and Orange (Stage 5 and 6)

Reading Pairs C1 – Dragons, yaks and cake! –  £6.99

Picture books: Giant of Jum

Early Reader: Yuk Said Yak (Green, stage 5). 

Reading Pairs – Early Readers Turquoise (Stage 7)


Reading Pairs D1 – Alternative retelling’s of Three Little Pigs – £8.99

Picture book: Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Early Reader: The Four Little Pigs (Turquoise, Stage 7)

I can add (for an additional charge) a picture book of the Three Little Pigs if you don’t already have a copy of the original story. 

Reading Pairs D2 – Dinosaurs doing unusual things – £8.99

Picture book: Dinosaurs Don’t Draw

Early Reader: Hocus Pocus Diplodocus  (Turquoise Stage 7)

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