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Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. In The Book Whisperer, Miller takes us inside her 6th grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors. Her zeal for reading is infectious and inspiring, and the results speak for themselves. No matter how far behind Miller's students may be when they start out, they end up reading an average of 40 books per year, achieve high scores on standardized tests, and internalize a love for reading that lasts long after they've left her class.

Travel alongside the author as she leads her students to discover the ample rewards of reading and literature. Brought to life with Miller's passionate voice, The Book Whisperer will help teachers support students of all levels on their path to reading success. It also includes an invaluable list of books that Miller's students most enjoy reading.

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"Mrs. Miller's message was powerful, yet simple. She reminded educators of the simplest way to foster a love for reading: let students read for fun without asking for a book report when they are done." The Examiner

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"Miller, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher and blogger, has enabled students of many different backgrounds to enjoy reading and to be good at it; her students regularly score high on the Texas standardized tests. Her approach is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books. Her students regularly read more than 40 books in a school year and leave her classroom with an appreciation and love of books and reading. Miller provides many tips for teachers and parents and includes a useful list of ultimate reading suggestions picked by her students. This outstanding contribution to the literature is highly recommended for teachers, parents, and others serving young students." Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Miller's new book, The Book Whisperer, is a breath of fresh air. Powerful and practical, this book will support you as you change your classroom for the better while helping you to understand how to overcome current classroom cultures where some children learn and many learn to hate reading." Richard L. Allington, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Review:

"In The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller deftly describes the inherent need children have to engage with books, intellectually and emotionally. The book is a timely and rare gift for teachers." Ellin Oliver Keene, author and consultant

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"This book reminds anyone — who is lucky enough to have loved a book — what classrooms and kids have lost in our frenzy to 'cover' content and standardize student performance in the name of reading. This is a primer of the heart on how to make reading magical again." Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parish, Jr. Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

About the Author

Donalyn Miller teaches 6th grade language arts and social studies at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, Texas. She also writes an ongoing blog for teachermagazine.org.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Jeff Anderson, author and literacy staff developer ix

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1 There and Back Again 7

CHAPTER 2 Everybody Is a Reader 19

Whisper STUDENT SURVEYS 39

CHAPTER 3 There’s a Time and a Place 47

CHAPTER 4 Reading Freedom 69

Whisper READER’S NOTEBOOKS 99

CHAPTER 5 Walking the Walk 103

CHAPTER 6 Cutting the Teacher Strings 119

Whisper END-OF-YEAR EVALUATIONS 153

CHAPTER 7 Letting Go 159

Afterword, by Ron D. Myers, principal 179

Appendix A: The Care and Feeding of a Classroom Library 183

Appendix B: Ultimate Library List 193

Appendix C: Student Forms 201

References 213

Index 217

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 228

About the Sponsor 228

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Curtis Martin, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Curtis Martin)
This was my hands-down favorite non-fiction read for 2012. I can't think of any other book that deserves the title more than The Book Whisperer. All of us bookworms have to awaken the book whisperer within to spread the love of reading all over the planet.

Ths was more than a good read. It inspired me to act. The best kind of book. It inspired me to collect a couple hundred chapter books to donate to an reservation school in the boondocks of Arizona.
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Peggy Sterling, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Peggy Sterling)
Parents & grandparents-this book is IT! If you have a reluctant reader, the tips and techniques used by this teacher are critical, both to spark an interest and then serve as a catalyst for the love of READING in children. If one can read, the world is theirs. It is the most important skill and interest a child can be given. The love of reading is a distinguishing factor for later success and happiness in life.
Read this, you'll love it!
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Michelle Harvey, January 12, 2012 (view all comments by Michelle Harvey)
I always loved reading and while he was read to almost every day as a child my son did not become an inveterate reader until he was in 6th grade and a teacher introduced him to s series of books he loved and he never stopped reading. He is now a fifth grade teacher himself so this book helped him work with his own students to make them life long readers as well. Reading is important to everyone and this book will help show you how to help instill that love in others.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780470372272
Subtitle:
Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Author:
Miller, Donalyn
Foreword:
Anderson, Jeff
Author:
Anderson, Jeff
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
children and reading
Subject:
struggling readers
Subject:
inspiring children to read
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Reading
Subject:
Children
Subject:
#8217;s literature
Subject:
Education week
Subject:
reading blog
Subject:
Reading (elementary)
Subject:
Elementary
Subject:
Motivation in education
Subject:
Children -- Books and reading.
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading & Phonics
Subject:
Literacy & Reading
Subject:
Teaching reading, children and reading, struggling readers, inspiring children to read, literacy, reading, children’s literature, Education Week, reading blog
Subject:
Education-Teaching Reading and Writing
Subject:
Teaching reading, children and reading, struggling readers, inspiring children to read, litera
Subject:
cy, reading, children’s literature, Education Week, reading blog
Copyright:
Publication Date:
March 2009
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.22x7.04x.66 in. .75 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Mrs. Miller's message was powerful, yet simple. She reminded educators of the simplest way to foster a love for reading: let students read for fun without asking for a book report when they are done."
"Review" by , "Miller, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher and blogger, has enabled students of many different backgrounds to enjoy reading and to be good at it; her students regularly score high on the Texas standardized tests. Her approach is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books. Her students regularly read more than 40 books in a school year and leave her classroom with an appreciation and love of books and reading. Miller provides many tips for teachers and parents and includes a useful list of ultimate reading suggestions picked by her students. This outstanding contribution to the literature is highly recommended for teachers, parents, and others serving young students." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Miller's new book, The Book Whisperer, is a breath of fresh air. Powerful and practical, this book will support you as you change your classroom for the better while helping you to understand how to overcome current classroom cultures where some children learn and many learn to hate reading."
"Review" by , "In The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller deftly describes the inherent need children have to engage with books, intellectually and emotionally. The book is a timely and rare gift for teachers."
"Review" by , "This book reminds anyone — who is lucky enough to have loved a book — what classrooms and kids have lost in our frenzy to 'cover' content and standardize student performance in the name of reading. This is a primer of the heart on how to make reading magical again."
"Synopsis" by , Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.
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