The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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Known for her popular blog, "The Book Whisperer," Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. Her approach, however, is not conventional. Miller dispenses with the more traditional reading instruction of book reports and comprehension worksheets in favor of embracing students' choices in books and independent reading. Her zeal for reading is infections and inspiring --and the results are remarkable. No matter how far behind Miller's students may be when they enter her 6th grade classroom, her students read an average of 40 books a year, achieve high scores on standardized tests, and internalize a love for books and 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. Her secrets include:

Affirming the reader in every student
Supporting students' reading choices
Carving out extra reading time
Modeling authentic reading behaviors
Discarding time-worn reading assisgnments
Developing a classroom library with high-interest books

Rich with classroom examples and practical advice and stitched together with the thread of Miller's passionate voice, this book will help teachers support students of all levels on their path to reading success and points a way out of the nation's literacy crisis. The book also includes an invaluable list of books that students most enjoy reading.

Title:The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780470372272
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    The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child Reviews

  • Donalyn

    OK, I only added this one to my list, so all of my GoodReads friends could see it!I could not believe that the book was already added to the GoodReads site...The book will be published in March of 200...

  • Jody

    Almost gave it a five...this woman is my kindred spirit. I love how she talks about how pointless book reports are. Every year, sometime in mid to late September, my students start wondering if we're ...

  • Andrew

    This is a book I wish I could rate a couple of different ways. Because in some ways it is a 5 star book, and others it deserves a 2. Let me explain.First why is it so great? I would highly suggest thi...

  • Kate

    Akin to Nancie Atwell's In the Middle about reading workshop, Miller's book talks about creating a community of readers and encouraging students to read by giving them time in school to read. She poin...

  • Kate

    Donalyn Miller gets it. She understands perfectly why many of our kids don't like reading any more, and she has the answer. You'd think Congress would be knocking down her door by now. Let's hope it h...

  • Tatiana

    “It has been said that teachers teach how they were taught.” ~ P. 13I think this statement is the crux of my bafflement and let down over The Book Whisperer. I would have been what Donalyn Miller ...

  • Sylvia Ward

    I'm a high school English teacher and plan to incorporate this philosophy into my classroom this year. Most of Miller's experience is with middle school students, but the ideas can be adjusted to work...

  • Allison

    More than 20 years ago I began reading Lucy Calkins. I think the first book of hers I read was Living Between the Lines. From that moment I knew what I wanted my classroom to look like, to sound like,...

  • Joy

    Many years ago, I took a graduate class with the author, Donalyn Miller. The first day, our professor let everyone in the class know we had a reading celebrity in our midst. Many times, this professor...

  • Colby Sharp

    If you a teacher of reading, The Book Whisperer is the most important book you will ever read....