The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
January 2010, Jossey-Bass
Foreword, by Jeff Anderson, author and literacy staff developer ix
CHAPTER 1 There and Back Again 7
CHAPTER 2 Everybody Is a Reader 19
Whisper STUDENT SURVEYS 39
CHAPTER 3 There’s a Time and a Place 47
CHAPTER 4 Reading Freedom 69
Whisper READER’S NOTEBOOKS 99
CHAPTER 5 Walking the Walk 103
CHAPTER 6 Cutting the Teacher Strings 119
Whisper END-OF-YEAR EVALUATIONS 153
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
About the Author 228
About the Sponsor 228
- High Profile Author: Donalyn Miller’s ongoing blog for teachermagazine.org is among the most visited and talked about internet teacher sites in the country. Her wisdom and advice are valued by teachers everywhere.
Market Demand: Teachers and preservice students are in acute need of guidance on how best to prepare students for high-stakes reading exams without resorting to ‘drill and kill’ instructional approaches.
Inspirational and Practical: Author offers renewed hope for both teachers and parents about the turnaround potential of failing readers. Author’s unconventional instructional approach lets students read books of their own choice. Book is packed with practical suggestions and includes list of recommended ‘kid lit’ that will help parents as well as teachers find books that students really like to read.
"Mrs. Miller's message was powerful, yet simple. She reminded educators of the simplest way to foster a love for reading: let students read for fun without asking for a book report when they are done." (The Examiner, November 4, 2009)