Maupin House Publishing is proud to announce that the 2009 title, Before They Read by author and national literacy consultant Cathy Puett Miller, was awarded the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development in the Guided Reading category.
"This is truly an honor since the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) has such high standards and uses a multi-layer review system for determining the winners," Miller said. "When I spoke today with AEP staff, they told me that the number of entries was very high, making it even more gratifying that they chose Before They Read."
Miller has been on a mission since the release of this title (and its partner book, released in tandem, Anytime Reading Readiness). "It is so important for families and educators to get on the same channel, focus on key predictors of later reading success such as oral language development; multiple, positive experiences with print; and early phonological awareness. My aim with these two books is to help facilitate that 'getting on the same page' approach and to start young children off with the sort of strong foundation that will result in it being easier for each child to learn to read at his or her prime time."Cathy Puett Miller is an active and passionate speaker and is available for engagements nationwide. Through the Maupin House Speakers Bureau, Cathy customizes professional development to fit the needs of her audience. Please contact Maupin House, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information about having Miller as a speaker or about her award-winning book, Before They Read.
Cathy has also begun a simple challenge through the venue of social media that can help us all address the summer reading slump. If you are on Facebook, visit her cause page "The Literacy Ambassador's K-6 Summer Challenge" to see the details. If you aren't on Facebook, you can still be involved by emailing her at email@example.com with SUMMER CHALLENGE in the subject for complete details. It's easy, free and fun and you'll make a difference in the life of a child.