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The Book Whisperer

Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Written by: Donalyn Miller
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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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.

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What the critics say

"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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  • SES
  • 2012-03-31

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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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  • Hannah Fowler
  • 2013-06-09

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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  • Rochelle M. Carlson
  • 2019-07-03

Excellent

This book opened my eyes to see the best way to teach reading! Highly recommend.

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  • Rick Miller
  • 2019-06-22

ALL TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS MUST READ

This is an excellent resource for ALL teachers, administrators, and district AND state school administrators to read, consider, and implement in ALL CLASSROOMS. Anyone who truly wants kids to enjoy the love reading and not just become “reading test-takers” must read!!!

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  • Carrie Hammond
  • 2018-11-14

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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  • StaceDe
  • 2018-10-01

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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  • Really great game!
  • 2018-09-08

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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  • Carla Nation
  • 2018-08-12

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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  • Maria
  • 2018-07-31

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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  • Shalisha Larson
  • 2018-07-26

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.