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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.

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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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Helpful perspective for this homeschool Mom!

Although both my son's love to read, this book shed light on other ways to think about reading and books. How to select a good book; when to abandon a book when you don't connect with it...and when to stick with it. I liked the ideas Donalyn shared for incorporating extended learning from stories and how my kids could share with their friends what they liked (or didn't) about the story. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Must read for all teachers

This should be required reading for any and all teachers who teach children, regardless of whether they teach reading or not. Very inspiring and practical. Great narration as well.

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Should be read.

Very informative. I found it to be insightful and helpful when determining how to set up my reading program.

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great resource..This book will change how I teach

A must read for reading teachers!! Changed my thought process on independent reading in school

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My reading block is getting an update!

Changing my plans for my reading block next year immediately. I am looking forward to growing readers next year.

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More of a resource for school teachers

I was looking more for tips on how to cultivate the love of reading in children as a parent but this book was geared toward teachers applying ideas for their students and what works through her experiences. Good ideas but won't be needing any of what I learned as a homeschooling parent.

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Great Information

Excited to try what is taught in the book. I had a rough year last year and needed this book for help!

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This book will change your teaching approach!

This book should be included in teacher preparation courses. It is by far one of the best professional texts I've read.

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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.