#71 The Book Whisperer

Because she couldn’t find a book that showed her how to use her own love of books to imbue her elementary students with the same love, Miller, Teacher Magazine blogger, decided to write her own. She recalls her personal journey as a teacher and the surprise and disappointment of learning that book loving cannot be automatically passed on to students. No more having the whole class read the same novel. She gave her students questionnaires to determine their interests and personally selected stacks of books of possible interest to them, then allowed them to read independently—at least 40 books a school year. She recounts the experience of some students struggling and others exhilarated by the freedom to read. Miller’s tactics resulted in improvement in her students’ vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. She also saw students respect book suggestions that came from a reader’s passion rather than a teacher’s agenda. Miller includes reading lists, activities, questionnaires, and other resources. Although aimed at teachers, this book will also definitely appeal to parents interested in encouraging their children to read. <source: Booklist>

I really enjoyed this book by Donalyn Miller and learned a lot about reading in general and how I can help create a positive reading environment for my daughter. Though this book was mainly written by a viewpoint of sixth-grade teacher and is focused on helping other teachers to awaken the inner readers in their students, this motivated me whole a lot and made me to think differently about reading in general both at school and home. My daughter is only 3 years old and still quite young to implement a lot of helpful tips by Miller but this gave me a good guideline for the future as well as many wonderful ideas as to what I can start now.

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