THE BOOK WHISPERER
Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
By Donalyn Miller. Don’t just teach students to read, teach them to love reading. That’s the idea behind this lively book by a classroom teacher who explains how she motivates her students to read an astounding number of books, earn high scores on standardized tests, and develop a love of reading that lasts long after they leave her sixth grade classroom. Dispensing with book reports, drills, and worksheets, focus is instead on providing time for students to choose books that they select for themselves for independent reading, and on creating a community of readers who share the passion. Included are practical strategies such as how to set up a classroom library, design reading requirements, carve out reading time, and alter instruction to align with habits of real readers. Based on grade six, but widely applicable. Index. Bibliography. Suggested readings. Model student forms. Jossey-Bass. 227 pages. ©2009.