(We’re picking two winners!)
Here’s how . . .
1. Check out Cedar Valley Publishing at http://www.cedarvalleypublishing.com and click “view our books.”
2. Come back here and leave a comment telling us something you like about the books.
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Open to residents of the US.
Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 10, 2008.
Meet Stacey of Cedar Valley Publishing
Tell us a little about you . . .
I am not a teacher or educator, and yet I created a book used by schools. I didn’t create the alphabet, numbers, colors or shapes but found a way to repackage it for parents, kids and teachers. With a telephone and a computer, I created www.cedarvalleypublishing.com. 10% of all profits are donated to literacy foundations and back to schools. By donating back to a school, schools see my books and want to write grants to purchase more!
I am an author, publisher, consultant, blogger, speaker, motivator, spokesperson, CEO and Mom!
What is your business and where can we find it?
I run four companies from home:
Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
Yes, mom-owned, mom invested and mom created!! I am the author and publisher of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! & Let’s Get Ready For First Grade! Both books are award-winning, state-approved and used inside homes and schools across the nation. They are currently used in over 350 school districts from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and in libraries and head start programs all across the country. Parents, kids and grandparents all love them because they are not storybooks or workbooks; they are books meant to be read over and over that cover the curriculum for Kindergarten and First Grade.
A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?
I broke every rule starting out in the publishing world and in the end, it has been a blessing!! Has it been easy, no, it’s been long nights of burning both ends of the candle to juggle everything around my family schedule! I absolutely love it and can’t tell if I am working or playing!! My mantra is if two brothers from Ohio can change the face of aviation, that why can’t a mom, inspired by Oprah change education at the core! I will be releasing the highly anticipated Spanish/English edition of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! iA prepararse para kindergarten! My kids think it is hilarious that I am writing a Spanish book without being able to read or write the language. As my 7 year old says, “Just hire a translator, duh, anyone can do anything!” This is a true family business! Who better to help me write Let’s Get Ready For Second Grade! than my 2nd and 4th grader!
Where else can people find you?
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am a mom inspired by Oprah to change education. This has become my passion! Thirty-eight states are discussing all day 4 year-old Kindergarten because kids are not coming to school prepared. But where are the public service announcements telling parents the 7 things they need to know for Kindergarten testing: the alphabet all mixed up, number to 10 all mixed up, basic shapes, colors, coins, counting objects to 10 and how far they can count to 100? Schools purchase my books in bulk to help get parents, kids and teachers all on the same page of Kindergarten and First Grade! Now I have a national platform speaking to educators, schools, parents and kids to help get everyone on the same page!
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