Clients

At Read-ability we understand the importance of having a close working relationship with our clients. We focus on exceptional communication and availability; maintaining a policy of openness when it comes to professional opinions and point of view regarding the best interests of the project. Our foundation is based on having a positive attitude, as well as building trust and confidence; sharing information and keeping our clients informed. We appreciate our clients and work together for a common purpose – making books assessable; fostering successful learners, effective contributors, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Marla is always an absolute pleasure to work with. She works diligently and quickly, which is very much appreciated in the busy publishing world!”

Cheryl Eissing, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins Children’s Books

Marla provides an exceptional service for publishers and authors. Not only is she a highly accurate leveler, she also provides incredible insight into how to make a title more valuable to students and teachers.”

Asia Citro, Owner, The Innovation Press

Holiday House has been working with Marla in several capacities over the past 15-20 years. Then Read-Ability came to us at just the right time, when we needed to know more about reading levels and how they affect and help grow the ability and confidence of the end users, the students.  We put ourselves into Marla’s hands and could not be more pleased with how things have worked out.  Her expertise has been invaluable; her advice always right on target. We have been able to confidently promote all our books as being age- and reading level- appropriate to educators. In turn they have been able to use our books to encourage their students in realizing the joy of reading.”

Barbara Walsh, VP Sales, Holiday House

As a reading specialist, creating emergent reading material for beginning readers, I can unequivocally say that Marla knows her stuff! She leveled and matched standards to my books. Not only was she right on, but she understands teachers and teaching reading, which allows her to delve deeply into even one word per page books. Marla also had a very quick turnaround and is extremely efficient. She is a leveling magician!”

Kyla, NYC Reading Specialist, EdM, Bank Street, Owner, Home Grown Books LLC

Marla has been instrumental in providing us leveling and common core correlations. She is a great resource and a lovely person to work with as a partner.”

Arianne McHugh, President, Saddleback Educational Publishing, Inc.

Marla has been a tremendous help in editing and producing a set of low-leveled readers. She talked through each title personally; recommending her expertise and editorial suggestions to make sure each and every title was the targeted F&P level. She was always available, prompt, and ready to answer or talk through any questions.

Jenna Gleisner, Editor, Red Line Editorial, Inc.

With their combination of text and images, graphic novels have proved problematic for traditional providers of leveled reading information. Marla Conn and Readability embraced this challenge and understood the unique nature of the medium, providing guidance and accurate grading that no automated service could match. She’s provided an invaluable service not only for us but also for the teachers and librarians who depend on this information to provide the most effective learning experience for their students.”

>Sven Larsen, VP, Marketing, Papercutz

Marla has been incredibly helpful in the development of a new series of books for emergent readers. She is easy to work with and offers valuable insights. Our books are so much better thanks to Marla’s assistance!”

—Nick Rebman, Editor, Red Line Editorial

We use Marla as our go-to person whenever we want to make sure a book project for young readers is educationally sound.  In addition to consulting with HarperCollins on educational trends, Marla assigns guided reading levels to all the titles in our I Can Read line.  She is unfailingly great to work with!”

—Tamar Mays, Senior Editor, HarperCollins Publishers 

Marla Conn with Read-Ability has provided exceptional service for our Guided Reading leveling needs. Her assessments are spot-on and her service is extremely prompt. I consider her work one of the final steps in our publishing process.”

—Barb McNally, Senior Children’s Editor, Sleeping Bear Press

In addition to being a great person, Marla Conn is the most responsive and accurate reading specialist I work with.  Her levels accurately correspond to the appropriate F&P level and her ability to align Common Core stranding and develop teacher guides is excellent.  She is typically able to respond to project request within weeks if not days depending on the urgency.”

—Eric Heidemann, Fujii Associates 

If I ever have a question—about a level Marla has assigned to a book or Guided Reading Levels and reading standards in general—Marla always takes the time to answer me in detail. We rely on her expertise and consider ourselves lucky to work with her.”

—Siobhan Ciminera, Editorial Director, Simon Spotlight

Marla Conn is a crucial part of our publishing process. Her insight and evaluation, honed from many years working in literacy, steer us in the right direction in our quest to spark lifelong curiosity in our readers. Her ability to see every project as a whole within the context of the needs of the larger world of reading and educational instruction has proven invaluable in serving our audience.”

—Rachel K Benoit, Director of Marketing, Nomad Press 

With the levelling of books and the availability of teaching guides being such an important aspect in institutional sales of children’s books, it’s good to know that we can depend on Marla Conn at Read-Ability to provide us with accurate and reliable information. Her excellent knowledge of Core Curriculum Correlations is invaluable when it comes to providing educators with materials they can readily use in the classroom. We consider the services provided by Read-Ability as a vital step in making quality literature available in the classroom.”

—Brigitte Waisberg, Marketing Manager, Annick Press

I have worked with Marla on a variety of projects. Her knowledge of the industry as well as her educational background is incredible. She delivers on time and the information provided is delivered in the most professional format. She always keeps the end-user in mind and has a passion for literature, students and learning. Each project we have worked on has been successful. Marla is always my first call when leveling projects cross my desk.”

—Pamela Sader, President, Sader Sisters, LLC Consulting

Marla Conn not only knows her stuff, but her energy and enthusiasm are contagious!  I have learned so much walking through our booth with her at trade shows as she talks with our publisher clients about where their books fit into curriculum and how they can be used.  Marla’s knowledge is deep and her insights are invaluable.”

—Susan McConnell, Director of Children’s Sales & Marketing, Publishers Group West