The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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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 Donalyn Miller

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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 The book is published in partnership with Education Week Press (
Published January 12, 2010 by Jossey-Bass. 242 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Instead, Miller focuses on motivating readers and giving them time to read (“and read a lot”) while documenting impressive results.

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I even came to recognize that I still need to let him read the books that he enjoys to read, even the ones that take him 20 minutes such as Magic Tree House, which series he has read for the past three years on repeat!.

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