The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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Wiley, Jan 8, 2010 - Education - 240 pages
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Turn any student into a bookworm with a few easy and practical strategies

Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she can’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.

In the book, you’ll find:

  • Hands-on strategies for managing and improving your own school library
  • Tactics for helping students walk on their own two feet and continue the reading habit after they’ve finished with your class
  • Data from student surveys and end-of-year feedback that proves how well the Miller Method works

The Book Whisperer 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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User Review  - lasvegasbookie - LibraryThing

I believe this book should be mandatory reading for ALL teachers and those of us who love putting a good book in a child's hands. Well done, Ms. Miller! Read full review

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User Review  - edutechteacher - LibraryThing

YES,YES, YES! This is so much better than what I experienced in 6th grade. Thankfully, I did get this kind of teacher in other grades (5th, 7-12th!) I love the way this book flows and find SO much to inspire my teaching in the pages. Read full review

About the author (2010)

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 (

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