Cathy Puett Miller

Cathy Puett Miller AKA The Literacy Ambassador® is a nationally known author, featured speaker, researcher and presenter of educator in-service/staff development, as well as a family facilitator in children’s and family literacy. As president of TLA, Inc., her mission is to “light the spark and fan the flame of literacy with children, educators and families.”

Ms. Miller was recently awarded the 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional Development for her educator book, Before They Read, and became a finalist in the Teacher Choice for Parents for the partner title, Anytime Reading Readiness.

For the past 15 years, Miller has promoted reading and writing as tools for life, bridging gaps between home and school. Her most recent books focus on birth through age 12 and have garnered her national recognition as a passionate, hands-on advocate.

Through her presentations at national, regional, and state conferences, her blogs and widely-read online articles and monthly columns, Ms. Miller engages families and educators in practical, fun approaches to supporting the growth of children’s reading and writing motivation and abilities.

When not traveling, Ms. Miller lives in a mountaintop home full of delicious books in Huntsville, AL, with her husband, Charles. Her son, Charlie, is a senior at the University of Montevallo.

Book Reviews by Cathy Puett Miller

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Intrigue, mystery, murder, and mayhem—this newly released paperback version of the novel Dead by Morning has everything one needs in a perfect companion for a summer escape.

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“What are you doing without your scarf?”

“Where are you coming from?” the Talib shouted. “Who is your mabram? Where is he? Show him to me.”

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What is Pip up to now? Karma Wilson’s somewhat ruffled, always exploring, and lovable young character wonders what the big deal is with an egg.

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Capturing seldom-seen facets of a world famous celebrity such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is not an easy task.

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Did you know that pay for performance schemes do not work and can actually be harmful to human motivation? Or that extrinsic motivation is detrimental to creativity?

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Experienced journalist Fran Hawthorne creates an absolutely relatable, if not always easily readable, book.

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I suppose that part of the reason I enjoyed this book is because I grew up on a farm.

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Do you believe that every child has the potential to be a strong reader? Author and Texas sixth-grade teacher, Donalyn Miller, does.

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"Look,” someone said, “He’s made light.” That one simple phrase illustrates the courage and ingenuity of a young man seemingly trapped in the poverty and hopelessness of a tiny hamlet in southeaste

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The wilderness is appealing to most people. At least, most appreciate its beauty and its unknown qualities, if not its danger and isolation.

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It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous creature on the cover of this book is 69 years old.

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“What you read here is what dribbled out of the jelly I call my brain when I asked it for my life story. Nothing more, nothing less . .

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Bloodroot stabs at the heart. Its sap drips blood red with beauty, and, if you use it right, poison.