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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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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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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.

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  • Hannah Fowler
  • 09-06-13

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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  • Rick Miller
  • 22-06-19

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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  • SES
  • 31-03-12

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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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  • Hollyk
  • 30-07-19

Great for teachers

This was a great book about getting students interested in reading.. It read very well and gave great information without bogging you down with how-tos..

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  • Ronda
  • 29-07-21

Every Teacher Needs This Book

This book confirms my desire to allow students to choose books, read in class, and not spend countless hours on worksheets related to teacher selected books to be correct. Also, popcorn reading and round-robin reading are a disservice to all students. Thank you for having it on audio so I could listen while setting up my classroom.

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  • Jessica pearce
  • 25-07-21

Holy Self-Aggrandizement, Batman!

Is there valuable advice and insight in this book? Yes, there undoubtedly is. Does this author think that she is God’s gift to the English teaching profession, and that she alone holds the keys to instilling a passion for reading in students? Why yes, yes she does.

I recommend the book, as it filled me to the brim with new teaching ideas and the language I was missing to justify independent reading time in class. But I warn other teachers that they’ll endure earfuls of constant condescension.

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  • Page
  • 16-06-21

Content's Worth it!

While I am sure that this book didn't receive any Audie awards for the monotone reading, it was well worth the listen!! The content is PHENOMENAL! Being able to listen to Donalyn's words on my way to and from school each day has encouraged me to put these concepts into immediate practice!

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  • JG
  • 07-01-21

Enlightening...a must read for all teachers!

This book has some good ideas on how to reach students and help them to become lifelong readers, ones who read for the joy of it. Many strategies we use are not effective and the ones they describe in here are thought provoking and great strategies. I highly recommend this book!

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  • B. Mahoney
  • 27-05-20

Student book reading

Yes! The narrator has a silky smooth voice that is worth listening to. The book itself is inspiring. So many teachers don’t read and therefore don’t encourage reading. This is not a how-to book, which is awesome. It combines the first years of failures with experiences, ideas, and encouragement to start students on the right path to read...anything. Giving choices, book discussions, recommendations from the teacher AND students.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-20

Excellent book for reading teachers

I highly recommend this book to all reading teachers. I do wish the lady reading it sounded less like a robot. I would recommend teachers read this book instead of listening to the audio.