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Donalyn Miller

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Donalyn Miller has worked with a variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Forth Worth, Texas. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn currently facilitates the community blog, The Nerdy Book Club and co-writes a monthly column for Scholastic’s Principal-to-Principal Newsletter. Her articles about teaching and reading have appear...more

This week, Scholastic announced its new global reading initiative, Open a World of Possible. Through education programs, print and online resources, and literacy events, the Open a World of Possible campaign promotes the importance of independent reading for children and provides tools to support and sustain independent reading initiatives in our home and school communities.

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Average rating: 4.52 · 8,545 ratings · 1,926 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Book Whisperer: Awakeni...
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 7,026 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
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Reading in the Wild: The Bo...
4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 1,517 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 75 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
"4.5 stars - this series just keeps getting better and better! Prologue does a great job to catch up the reader from the previous action. Had to stop writing down all the beautiful use of language like "frantic sprawl of the energy inside him". Sti..." Read more of this review »
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The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
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10 Things Not to Say to Your Gifted Child by Nancy N. Heilbronner
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Excellent resource that I've shared with many parents.
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Ask Me by Antje Damm
Ask Me
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Making the Match by Teri S. Lesesne
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Reread for the 3rd time. Can you tell it's influential to my teaching paradigm?
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Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner
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Reread for the third time. A classic in my teacher toolbox!
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Engaging Adolescent Learners by ReLeah Cossett Lent
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A great reminder of the bedrock principles of engagement.
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Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman
Pirate, Viking & Scientist
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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
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Unique and captivating story-telling
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Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies
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“Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.”
Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

“Books are love letters (or apologies) passed between us, adding a layer of conversation beyond our spoken words.”
Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

“I believe that this corporate machinery of scripted programs, comprehension worksheets (reproducibles, handouts, printables, whatever you want to call them), computer-based incentive packages, and test practice curriculum facilitates a solid bottom-line for the companies that sell them, and give schools proof they can point to that they are using every available resource to teach reading, but these efforts are doomed to fail a large number of students because they leave out the most important factor. When you take a forklift and shovel off the programs, underneath it all is a child reading a book.”
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“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. .”
Hazel Rochman

“In a very real sense, people who have read good literature
have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
It is not true that we have only one life to lead; if we can read,
we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.

S.I. Hayakawa

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours”
Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

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message 4: by C.J.

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Hello Donalyn,

It's such a pleasure having you as a friend. Thank you and best wishes!

My warmest regards,

Sandra Thanks for friending me Ms. Miller!

Zoe Kay Oh. My. Gosh!!!
I miss you so much!
I want to come see you soon! How is your class this year? I mean, other than being second best to our class last year, duuh. (:
By the way, I'm in serious need of a good book, any recommendations?

Your biggest fan. (:

message 1: by Bryan

Bryan N MRS.MILLER IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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