DescriptionDonalyn 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.
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
"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)
- 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.