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Mairi Mackinnon - Author

About the Author

Mairi Mackinnon was born in England, went to school in Scotland, studied in France and Italy and worked in Spain before finally settling down in London, where she lives with her husband, three children and several thousand books. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking for friends, and playing the fiddle in a dance band at parties from Portree to St Petersburg.

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The Firebird

The Firebird

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2019

The Russian folktale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Prince Ivan sets off in search of the Firebird, which has been stealing his father's golden apples. A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Dracula

Dracula

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

From the classic novel by Bram Stoker. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to visit a mysterious client. Count Dracula seems welcoming but somewhat eccentric. Gradually, Jonathan realises the horrifying truth and escapes, only to discover that the horror and danger have followed him all the way to London...

The Golden Fish

The Golden Fish

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

From the popular Russian folk tale. Ned lives by the sea. One day, he catches a golden fish. Put me back in the sea and you can have a wish, says the fish. Ned doesn't wish for anything, but his brother Sam wishes for more and more... With fun activities after the story, and online audio in both British English and American English.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2019

From the English children's classic by Lewis Carroll. Alice falls down a rabbit-hole to a land where the impossible is perfectly normal. She meets one strange character after another: the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Will Alice manage to keep her head?

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

From the English children's classic by Kenneth Grahame. One day, Mole discovers the enchanting world of the river. He makes new friends: generous Water Rat, kindly Badger - and Toad, whose love of fast cars soon causes mayhem. With fun activities after the story, and online audio in both British English and American English.

The Three Billy Goats

The Three Billy Goats

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A popular folk tale from Norway. Benny, Bert and Boris are three brother goats. They are looking for new grass to eat. There's plenty of new grass just over the bridge - but look out for the hungry troll on the way. With fun activities after the story, and online audio in both British English and American English.

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

From the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen. Prince Florian wants to marry a princess... a real princess. He meets lots of princesses, but are they real princesses? How can he know? With fun activities after the story, and online audio in both British English and American English.

First Hundred Words in Hebrew

First Hundred Words in Hebrew

Author: Mairi MacKinnon, Heather Amery Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2017

A delightfully illustrated Hebrew/English vocabulary book with labelled pictures and scenes to help children learn one hundred everyday words. Each picture has its name in Hebrew, plus pronunciation guide and English translation. Readers can hear the words read aloud by a native Hebrew speaker at the Usborne Quicklinks website.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2016

A popular European folk tale. A little old woman makes a boy out of gingerbread. When she opens the oven, the gingerbread man jumps out and runs away. Animals, farmers and schoolchildren join the chase. Finally a fox offers to carry the gingerbread man across a river. How kind of him - or is it? The Usborne English Readers series is a new range of graded readers in simplified English for younger learners. They include activities, glossaries and a full audio recording of the text in both British English and American English.

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 4

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 4

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2016

A bright and lively introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. The content has been taken from the VFR Workbook Sticker Books, but adapted for Wipe-clean Activities. This new format enhances the learning experience, takes awy the shame of making mistakes and represents excellent value for money. A friendly introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words by writing over the dotted lines with the special pen provided. Wipe-clean and repeat until practice makes perfect! Fully supports the UK Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 1

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 1

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2016

A friendly introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words by writing over the dotted lines with the special pen provided. Wipe-clean and repeat until practise makes perfect! Fully supports the UK Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools.

Listen and Learn First Words in German

Listen and Learn First Words in German

Author: Mairi MacKinnon, Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2015

This looks like a book but it's actually a clever sound panel that allows children to hear 128 German words spoken by a native speaker. Simply take one of the 4 cards (each features 16 words and pictures on each side) out of the envelope and insert into the slot as instructed. Press 'go' and then press a picture to hear how the word is pronounced.

Listen and Learn First Words in French

Listen and Learn First Words in French

Author: Mairi MacKinnon, Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 21/09/2015

For preschool children learning French as either a first or second language. This looks like a book but it's actually a clever sound panel that allows children to hear 128 French words spoken by a native speaker. Simply take one of the 4 cards (each features 16 words and pictures on each side) out of the envelope and insert into the slot as instructed. Press 'go' and then press a picture to hear how the word is pronounced. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Big Book of English Words

Big Book of English Words

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2013

An essential vocabulary builder for young children, with around a thousand everyday words and pictures, arranged thematically. There are lots of things to spot and talk about in this large format board book, that is perfect for poring over together. With characterful and slightly nostalgic illustrations by Kate Hindley.

The Golden Carpet

The Golden Carpet

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2013

A prince convinces a peasant girl to marry him by learning to weave carpets. The couple rule as king and queen until a wicked magician kidnaps the king, forcing him to be his slave and weave carpets for the magician to sell. In order to escape, the king finds an ingenious way of getting a message to his wife. It is a traditional folktale from Armenia. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which includes over 250 titles across seven levels - all developed in conjunction with reading experts at Roehampton University.

Croc Gets a Shock

Croc Gets a Shock

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2013

Croc is late for everything, even her own birthday party. She misses the bus, she can't buy new shoes because the store is closed for lunch, and what's worse, she has the hiccups. A surprise birthday present may be just what she needs. Simple, phonically repetitive text is a great way to develop essential language and early reading skills, and guidance notes are included to give parents confidence as they help their child learn to read.

The Firebird [Book with CD]

The Firebird [Book with CD]

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

The Russian folktale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Prince Ivan sets off in search of the Firebird, which has been stealing his father's golden apples. A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

First Reading The King's Pudding

First Reading The King's Pudding

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2012

This is a delightful and humorous story from Indonesia. Little Deer has to use his wits to distract Tiger and avoid being eaten. Luckily Tiger is big and fierce but none too clever... First Reading Level 3 are real books for beginner readers which develop reading stamina through simple, repetitive text. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme , these books are developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

First Reading Three The Mouse's Wedding

First Reading Three The Mouse's Wedding

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2011

Eight titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making this book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

First Reading Three The Leopard and the Sky God

First Reading Three The Leopard and the Sky God

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2011

Eight titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making this book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

First Reading Three The Boy Who Cried Wolf

First Reading Three The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/11/2011

Eight titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making this book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

Easy Phonic Words Very First Reading Support Title

Easy Phonic Words Very First Reading Support Title

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

This is a bright and appealing addition to the inspiring Very First Reading series, specially developed for young children who are just beginning to learn to read. This lively wordbook helps young readers develop their phonics awareness, a vital early step to literacy. Based on the principles of synthetic phonics, this title supports the Government's Letters and Sounds programme used in schools. Irresistible illustrations by Fred Blunt make each page a treat.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2011

The classic story of The Gingerbread Man retold with simple text and delightful illustrations. When the Gingerbread Man runs away from the old lady's oven, the whole village is soon chasing after him. First Reading Level Three titles help beginner readers develop reading stamina and include character sheets or maps and the main story. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

First Reading Four The Hare and the Tortoise

First Reading Four The Hare and the Tortoise

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2011

The classic fable retold with simple text for children just beginning to read. Harry Hare thinks he is the fastest runner around, and when he suggests a race, nobody expects Tom Tortoise to even take up the challenge, let alone stand a chance of winning. But could they all be in for a big surprise? Humorously illustrated by Daniel Howarth. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2011

This delightful picture book is based on the beloved classic tale and retold for younger children. Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch him, he's the Gingerbread Man! But although he may be able to out-run everyone, can the Gingerbread Man outwit the cunning fox? This title features vibrant illustrations taken from the popular First Reading series.

Stop That Cow!

Stop That Cow!

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The seventh title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Wild School

Wild School

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The eleventh title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

The Monster Diner

The Monster Diner

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The thirteenth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Late Night at the Zoo

Late Night at the Zoo

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The tenth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

The Circus Under the Sea

The Circus Under the Sea

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The twelfth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Mr. Mystery

Mr. Mystery

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The fifteenth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

A Bus for Miss Moss

A Bus for Miss Moss

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The third title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Pirate Pat

Pirate Pat

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The first title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

The Queen Makes a Scene

The Queen Makes a Scene

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The sixth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

The Dressing Up Box

The Dressing Up Box

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The second title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Run Rabbit Run

Run Rabbit Run

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The ninth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Dog Diary

Dog Diary

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The fourth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

The Mouse's Wedding

The Mouse's Wedding

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Father Mouse wants his daughter to marry the best husband in the world - the Sun! But Miss Mouse has her own ideas in this charming folktale from Japan. This book features clear and compelling text accompanied by enchanting original illustrations by Frank Endersby. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Lion And The Mouse

The Lion And The Mouse

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. A tiny mouse disturbs King Lion's afternoon nap. 'Don't kill me!' she begs. 'Maybe I can save your life too, one day'. King Lion doesn't believe it - but when he is in real trouble, he learns that even little friends can be great friends. Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. A great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/02/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Sam should be looking after his sheep, but instead he can't help but play cruel tricks on the villagers by crying wolf. Will Sam soon be caught out by his own joke? This title provides clear and compelling text accompanied by vibrant original illustrations by Mike Gordon. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Leopard and the Sky God

The Leopard and the Sky God

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

This book features four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

These are four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Fox and the Stork

The Fox and the Stork

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

These are four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and the Crow

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

These are four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs

The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2006

Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2006

Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.

The Runaway Pancake

The Runaway Pancake

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2006

When seven hungry children have pancakes for breakfast, one pancake refuses to be eaten, jumps out of the pan and rolls right away. Can the runaway pancake escape from the whole family?

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