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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

by Donalyn Miller, Jeff Anderson

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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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ISBN-13: 9780470623428
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 533,658
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Jeff Anderson, author and literacy staff developer ix

Introduction 1

CHAPTER 1 There and Back Again 7

CHAPTER 2 Everybody Is a Reader 19


CHAPTER 3 There’s a Time and a Place 47

CHAPTER 4 Reading Freedom 69


CHAPTER 5 Walking the Walk 103

CHAPTER 6 Cutting the Teacher Strings 119


CHAPTER 7 Letting Go 159

Afterword, by Ron D. Myers, principal 179

Appendix A: The Care and Feeding of a Classroom Library 183

Appendix B: Ultimate Library List 193

Appendix C: Student Forms 201

References 213

Index 217

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 228

About the Sponsor 228

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"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 Starred Review

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