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From sixth grade teacher Donalyn Miller comes an innovative approach to instilling in students a love of reading that extends well beyond the classroom.

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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.

"Runnette's deep, assured voice is both informative and accessible. Huber, who narrates the bulk of the book, has a brighter tone that focuses on motivating listeners to implement the book's suggestions. She is clear and emotive, and complements Runnett's more professorial tone." ---AudioFile

"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

"Although aimed at teachers, this book will also definitely appeal to parents interested in encouraging their children to read." ---Booklist

"Donalyn Miller deftly describes the inherent need children have to engage with books, intellectually and emotionally. The book is a timely and rare gift for teachers." ---Ellin Oliver Keene
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The Book Whisperer

Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

Author Donalyn Miller

Narrated by Hillary Huber, Sean Runnette

Publication date Feb 20, 2012

Running time 6 hrs

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