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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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 3

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 3

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 away 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.

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 2

Wipe-Clean Phonics Book 2

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.

First Sticker Book Speaking English

First Sticker Book Speaking English

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2015

Suitable for children who are learning English as their mother tongue or as an additional language, this book provides an accessible approach to language learning based around useful everyday phrases and vocabularly. With over 200 sticker speech bubbles to add to the scenes.

The Firebird

The Firebird

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2015

Prince Ivan sets off in search of the Firebird, which has been stealing his father's golden apples, in this traditional Russian folktale. A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Retold in picture book format with a read-aloud text for sharing with young children.

The Sun and the Wind

The Sun and the Wind

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2014

The sun and the wind have an argument over who is the stronger, resulting in a final contest. Based on the traditional Aesop fable.

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.

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 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.

Royal Fairy Tales for Bedtime

Royal Fairy Tales for Bedtime

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2012

A regal collection of much-loved classics and some less familiar tales, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime. Book includes favourites such as The Frog Prince, The Emperor's New Clothes, Sleeping Beauty and many more. A lovely gift to be shared together time and time again.

Very First Reading Big Phonics Workbook

Very First Reading Big Phonics Workbook

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

An introduction to basic letter-sounds, that helps children learn to write letters and simple words. Including illustrations, fun colouring activities and stickers, it fully supports the Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the Very First Reading series of storybooks.

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 Four The Runaway Pancake

First Reading Four The Runaway Pancake

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.

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.

Phonics Workbook 4 Very First Reading

Phonics Workbook 4 Very First Reading

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

A bright and lively introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. The fourth workbook in the series, with irresistible illustrations, fun colouring activities and stickers. Fully supports the UK Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the Usborne Very First Reading series of storybooks. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

Phonics Workbook 3 Very First Reading

Phonics Workbook 3 Very First Reading

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

A bright and lively introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. The third workbook in the series, with irresistible illustrations, fun colouring activities and stickers. Fully supports the UK Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the Usborne Very First Reading series of storybooks. WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts. Choking Hazard.

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.

Phonics Workbook 1 Very First Reading

Phonics Workbook 1 Very First Reading

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

An introduction to basic letter-sounds, helping children learn to write letters and simple words. Featuring illustrations, colouring activities and stickers, it supports the Government's Letters and Sounds programme and phonics teaching in schools, and complements the Very First Reading series of storybooks.

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.

One, Two, Three Very First Reading Support Title

One, Two, Three Very First Reading Support Title

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2011

This is a bright and appealing new addition to the inspiring Very First Reading series, specially developed for young children who are just beginning to learn to read. Learning numbers is a vital early step to literacy. To aid learning, 123 utilises an inventive rhyming system, such as 'one sun', 'two shoes' all the way up to twenty. Superb artwork by world-class illustrators make each page a treat.

ABC Very First Reading Support Title

ABC Very First Reading Support Title

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2011

A bright and appealing book to help children associate letter-sounds with pictures and learn their ABCs. Each letter is illustrated with a large, colourful and humorous picture that will appeal to young children. Part of the award-winning Usborne Very First Reading series specially developed to help children learn to read.

The Firebird

The Firebird

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2010

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 100 Words in Russian

First 100 Words in Russian

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2008

This is a new addition to the best-selling First Hundred Words Language series. These books are an excellent way to encourage language learning for beginners. Each book contains an online pronunciation guide through the Usborne Quicklinks website. With 100 everyday words combined with pictures, this is a valuable vocabulary building tool for young children.

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 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 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 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 Hare and the Tortoise

The Hare and the Tortoise

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2007

This title is part of 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 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.

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