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Publisher's Summary

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 sixth 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 forty books per year, achieving high scores on standardized tests, and internalizing 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. This book also includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" to help parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

©2009 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • 03-31-12

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Would you try another book from Donalyn Miller and/or Sean Runnette and Hillary Huber ?

I would try another from Miller but Huber's narration left a lot to be desired.

Would you recommend The Book Whisperer to your friends? Why or why not?

Teachers of reading may be interested or at least those who are inclined to be creative with their classrooms and give their students a space for freedom of reading.

What didn’t you like about Sean Runnette and Hillary Huber ’s performance?

Runnette wasn't bad. It was Huber whose performance sounded almost robotic at times. If I wanted a robotic performance I would have bought a Kindle ebook and then allow the device to read to me.

Was The Book Whisperer worth the listening time?

Definitely.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Do You Want to Inspire Kids to Be Readers?

If you could sum up The Book Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

Powerful-Reading-Motivation!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Whisperer?

The author made a very strong case that reading books we love creates readers. This fundamentally changed how my classroom operated. I saw the evidence that even my "low" students could become glued to the pages of a book they chose. The day that one of my struggling students handed me a page and said, "Read this, Mrs. K., isn't it just about the saddest thing you ever read?" was a day that I knew without a doubt that Donalyn Miller's insights were spot on.

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Great concept

I absolutely relate to the concept itself and it is just a bit longer than necessary. I'll follow the ideas of the book with my children though

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Thinking about reading

This book really opened my eyes about independent reading and how very important it is for my students to read. I've used some of her strategies already in my classroom and it's already done numbers for my kids and their reading. I can't wait to start from scratch next year, since I started reading it after already starting the school.

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  • TJ
  • 02-19-17

For teachers

I wish I had read this book when I started teaching. I am now a stay at home mom, but this book has changed the way I look at reading. I have recommended it to every teacher friend I know. I always had an unease about reading instruction and what was deemed correct practice,and I feel that this has solved my turmoil.

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Huge Motivator

This is a must-read for ALL teachers. We definitely need to allow our students the opportunity to and pleasure of reading something they want to read. I am a firm believer that people who hate to read just haven't found the right book!

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Amazing audiobook.

Donalyn teaches us to share the love of reading. I love this audio, I read the book before.

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Must Read

A MUST read for every teacher who teaches reading, it doesn't matter if you are have one year of experience or 30 years as a teacher!

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A must listen to book for every teacher.

The message is clear and profound. If we expect students to become proficient readers we must give them time to do it.

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Bucking the system

This book asks teachers to really look at their practice to see if it is benefitting students. Quick read. Worth the listen.

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  • lexxie
  • 09-13-15

Worth listening to

I am not a teacher but I wanted to listen to this book to help me to encourage my 12 year old reluctant reader. Full of good ideas, I am so glad I took the time.