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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great insights on building readers!

I love the strategy this teacher created. She rejects the traditional rote way of teaching reading/writing and inspires readers who will build self-esteem and be successful academically. She describes how she arrived at this strategy and offers practical examples to h...
I love the strategy this teacher created. She rejects the traditional rote way of teaching reading/writing and inspires readers who will build self-esteem and be successful academically. She describes how she arrived at this strategy and offers practical examples to help teachers build a classroom to reach students in this way.

posted by MinDallas on July 11, 2009

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The best book about reading instruction I've read!

I picked up this book as part of my summer reading...you know, that list of books you want to read but never have the time to during the school year?! Once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down! After many years of teaching elementary special education ...
I picked up this book as part of my summer reading...you know, that list of books you want to read but never have the time to during the school year?! Once I started reading it I had a hard time putting it down! After many years of teaching elementary special education I was transferred to a primary regular education classroom this past year. I had inhereited what at best could be considered a "pitiful" classroom library. I offered those books to students but just couldn't bring myself to mandating that they choose books for a required "book in a bag" book each night. However, as the year progressed I found that my students seemed to get the most interested in their classroom activities during read alouds and their independent reading time each day despoite our classroom library. They brought books from home or actually read the books they got each week from our school library. They wouldn't complain if we missed a math lesson, a science lesson or a social studies lessons but I always heard about it if we missed independent reading. In some ways I felt guilty about not following the curriculum expectations. However, I always felt better when parents would let me know how much more reading their student was reading at home as a result of what we were doing in the classroom or when I saw them start to trade books amongst themselves.

My only rservsation about recommending this book is the fact that it references upper elementary/middle school books and readers. I wish there had been some references in the back of the book for suggestions how to implement a similiar philosophy/style in a primary setting.

posted by LAJF on July 15, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    I'm Allison, an OSU Comp Student in my spring semester of 2014.

    I'm Allison, an OSU Comp Student in my spring semester of 2014. The Book Whisperer is a must read for any teacher whether elementary, high school, or even college professor. In this book Donalyn Miller expresses the importance of reading and the effects it has on children. It shows how just by letting children spend more time reading in class, they can and most likely will improve in all areas of academics. Donalyn Miller experiments with this new method of teaching and finds that children learn to love reading and also score just as high on standardized testing as other students without the stressful prep work that other teachers force onto their students. In this book Miller describes how she arrived at this strategy and offers examples and proof to help teachers construct their classrooms to reach students in this way. While I am not yet a teacher, by reading this book I got all the insight I needed to know the way I will teach my classroom. This book is by far the easiest to understand and most helpful book I have found that pertains to my profession. I recommend this book to all teachers or even parents interested in their children’s academics.

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