"Mrs. Miller's message was powerful, yet simple. Shereminded educators of the simplest way to foster a love forreading: let students read for fun without asking for a book reportwhen they are done." (The Examiner, November 4, 2009)
Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet tomeet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. In The BookWhisperer, Miller takes us inside her 6th grade classroom toreveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructionalapproach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, andother aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces givingstudents an individual choice in what they read combined with aprogram for independent reading. She also focuses on building aclassroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modelingappropriate and authentic reading behaviors. Her zeal for readingis infectious and inspiring, and the results speak for themselves.No matter how far behind Miller's students may be when they startout, they end up reading an average of 40 books per year, achievehigh scores on standardized tests, and internalize a love forreading that lasts long after they've left her class.
Travel alongside the author as she leads her students todiscover the ample rewards of reading and literature. Brought tolife with Miller's passionate voice, The Book Whisperer willhelp teachers support students of all levels on their path toreading success. It also includes an invaluable list of books thatMiller's students most enjoy reading.
"Miller's new book, The Book Whisperer, is a breath offresh air. Powerful and practical, this book will support you asyou change your classroom for the better while helping you tounderstand how to overcome current classroom cultures where somechildren learn and many learn to hate reading."
—Richard L. Allington, Ph.D., University ofTennessee
"In The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller deftly describesthe inherent need children have to engage with books,intellectually and emotionally. The book is a timely and rare giftfor teachers."
—Ellin Oliver Keene, author and consultant
"This book reminds anyone—who is lucky enough to haveloved a book—what classrooms and kids have lost in our frenzyto 'cover' content and standardize student performance in the nameof reading. This is a primer of the heart on how to make readingmagical again."
—Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parish, Jr.Professor of Education, University of Virginia