"Flying Start to Literacy" from Okapi Educational Publishing Honored as Finalist in 2013 Association of Educational Publishers Awards

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Comprehensive early literacy program pairs fiction/informational texts to build strong young readers.

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It is an honor to have our early literacy program recognized in the prestigious Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards.

"Flying Start to Literacy" from Okapi Educational Publishing is a finalist in the 2013 Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Distinguished Achievement Awards. The comprehensive early literacy program is honored in the Supplemental Resources, Reading and Language Arts category.

The AEP Awards program, which has been in existence for over four decades, is the most prestigious and comprehensive recognition program in the learning resource community.

Hundreds of entries are submitted each year, which include print materials, digital learning tools, and professional development curricula. "Flying Start to Literacy" is one of three finalists in its field. Being named a finalist indicates a high quality product that has not only survived the three rounds of grueling review, but has managed to impress both educators and educational publishers along the way.

"At Okapi Educational Publishing, we are committed to providing children with programs that help them become strong readers and writers as well as develop a lifelong love of learning," said Pat Eastman, President. "It is an honor to have our early literacy program recognized in the prestigious Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Awards."

"Flying Start to Literacy" is ideal for early reading and intervention programs as well as for use with English language learners. Research-based, the program pairs fiction and informational texts to help students develop deep comprehension of topics. The paired books explore the same key concept in a fiction and an informational text, enabling students to think about the topic from different perspectives, facilitating a much deeper understanding. In addition, the paired books help young learners develop a more thorough grasp of vocabulary as well as build strong writing skills. These features of "Flying Start to Literacy" match the approach to building literacy skills delineated in the Common Core State Standards.

For more information about "Flying Start to Literacy," visit http://www.flying-start-to-literacy.com/

About the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP)
The only professional organization that serves the diverse needs of the entire educational resource community, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) encourages and advocates for professional, quality content for teaching and learning. The membership of AEP represents the wide range of individuals, institutions, and businesses dedicated to delivering progressive learning resources in all media and for any educational setting. Founded in 1895, AEP now helps its members navigate the global realities of educational publishing in the 21st century.

AEP is at the forefront of the educational publishing industry, leading initiatives that help drive the future of content development and delivery. It has taken a leading role in many efforts supporting the industry, including the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), which is changing the way educational materials are found on the Internet; Innovation Through Inclusion, promoting industry-wide diversity; and representation of educational publishers on matters such as new legislation and funding. Through its events, publications, and recognition programs, AEP works to inform and advance the industry and to define and applaud excellence in the field.

About Okapi Educational Publishing
Okapi Educational Publishing was founded in 2001 with the goal of supporting educators as they help children to become active participants in their own learning, and to become productive, literate members of society. Because Okapi believes that children construct their own learning, its resources promote creativity and innovation. Engaging materials give children a purpose for their reading and inspire further inquiry. With materials closely correlated to the new Common Core State Standards, Okapi fulfills its mission of creating real-world literacy for real-world kids with real-world results.

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