The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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Wiley, Jan 8, 2010 - Education - 240 pages
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.

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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

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User Review  - DonnaMarieMerritt - LibraryThing

Wish I had read this book in 2009 when it first came out. It's every bit as relevant now and validates what many teachers and librarians have known all along. To motivate children to become lifelong readers, they need choice and time to read, not worksheets and test prep. Read full review

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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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