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29 December, 2017

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2 Follow the link to see our page at bett 2018 stand C64 where we are launching Book 2 Marco the Malta Bus following  our incredible success at the Maltese Book Festival where 30,000 children and adults attended and it felt like most of them visited our stand!  

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Marco the Malta Bus goes to bett 2018 stand C64.  We are launching our new Marco the Malta Bus Book 2 and our new Kindle (available through Amazon) and iBook for iPad (available through iBook store) for English Memory Flash Cards and Spanish Memory Flash Cards.

Also Polish Memory Flash Cards and Chinese Memory Flash Cards.  Book 2 continues the reading scheme where Book 1 contains 25% of all words required to read an average page of literature in English according to extensive research by a British University.

bett 2018 and Marco the malta Bus

Memory Flash Cards are also available free from our website along with games for learning to build a visual dictionary of words in 9 languages as this has been found by research to be the way children read more effectively.   Austin Macauley Publishers will be displaying their edition of Book 1 Marco the Malta Bus at bett 2018.  In addition on stand 64 we will be displaying Marco x-Xarabank from Klabb Kotba Maltin in Malta through in Maltese and English.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 14:00 Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Contributor states:

“As a word is read, it grows increasingly familiar. Eventually, a part of the reader’s brain turns the now-familiar string of letters and syllables into a pattern.

Rather than process each letter separately, our brains store the spelling of a familiar word as an image or pattern, according to the results of a study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.

The study supports the idea that when we learn a new word visually – by reading it rather than hearing it spoken aloud – a small part of the brain, located behind the left ear, creates a mental image of the word. Instead of remembering it as a string of letters or syllables, this region, called the visual word form area, gets trained to recognize the entire word as a pattern, forming a “visual dictionary” of our vocabulary. Representing written words in this way helps us recognize them more easily – and read faster.

“We know that in efficient readers this visual word form area is the area that seems to change the most as we learn to read,” said study author Max Riesenhuber, a neuroscientist at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C.”


So our scheme focuses on the most frequently needed visual sight words to go into our visual dictionary to improve the reading ages of children.

We read that statistics from 2014 show that one in five children in England cannot read well by the age of 11.  The Daily Telegraph states: Sep 8, 2014 – Nearly half of poor children are unable to read and understand books, newspapers and websites by the time they leave primary school, according to research.


So teachers and responsible adults try our scheme if the existing methods are not suiting your children.  At £2.99 an ebook and £1.99 for the Memory Flash Cards (or free on the website) this will not break the bank!! There is also an optional audio CD version of the book (9 languages available)  for less than £5 which will support the learning of pronunciation.

This scheme does not threaten the teaching of phonics but supports it, because the children can see what their version of the phonics involved looks like in a real word, and remember how to say it with any accent.  The free action songs are so much fun to play with class mates in all 9 languages – get inclusive now!