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The Book Whisperer
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child | Donalyn Miller
Donalyn 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.
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Rob2586
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Pickpick

The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller is absolutely fantastic and has given me pages of handwritten notes of ideas and strategies to help inspire students to become lifelong readers. I highly recommend this one and will definitely read it again and again!

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TheLudicReader
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#teachersoflitsy just a little back-to-school reading. I finished the tagged book a few days ago. Miller is singing to the choir with that one. Anyone else prepping to go back to class?

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Sward7
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Going to adopt ideas from this book into my high school classroom next year. Free reading during class, with vocabulary and grammar moved to homework. 20 minutes 2x a week.

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KathyWheeler
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I haven‘t read the tagged book, but I need a book whisperer! I am in such a prolonged and severe reading slump, that if it weren‘t for audiobooks, I would‘ve read nothing this month! I‘ve already adjusted my Goodreads challenge goal because I was so far behind schedule; I‘m still behind — just not as much.😞

#bfc results
Walking = 2.01 miles

#bookfitnesschallenge #audiowalk @wanderinglynn

KathyWheeler This is the blog post the image goes with. I completely agree with the author! https://radioactivestardust.com/2017/07/02/dear-reading-slump/amp/ 6mo
FlowerFairy Right there with you. Bouncing from book to book but not able to get into or enjoy any of them. I may as well give up my goodreads goal for this year. 😕 6mo
wanderinglynn It took me a while to come out of my slump. Audiobooks helped a lot. Then what I did was start with light reads, like a cozy mystery or a romance, something I could quickly read. Rereading favorites also helped me. 6mo
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Texreader I hate reading slumps!! They‘re the worst. May you find book solace soon 6mo
KathyWheeler @FlowerFairy that‘s what I‘m doing — bouncing from book to book. 6mo
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn This one has been so long! 6mo
KathyWheeler @Texreader Thank you! 6mo
4thhouseontheleft My go to in a reading slump is graphic novels. I'm reading much less this month, too, but it's more just being extremely busy and active outdoors than a slump. I try not to focus on the numbers so much. 6mo
Reggie My go to slump busters are usual horror or romance. Something different. 6mo
KathyWheeler @4thhouseontheleft Those are often my go to as well, but this month I forgot about them. Thanks for reminding me! 6mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie A light romance might work. Thanks. 6mo
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Sward7

I'm finding this fascinating. I'm going to flip my classroom and follow some of the advice in this treasure. Highly recommend this.

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Amie
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I read this looking for anything that I could use with the after school kids I work with at the library. It's an interesting book, but there's not much that would work in my particular program. I would love to be a 6th grader in the author's reading class!

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BrenaJo
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I had to finish the last line...so powerful and so true

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BrenaJo
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Truer words have never been spoken!

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Daisey
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This was a fairly quick listen and good inspiration for some things I know and want to do better in my own classroom. There are a few things I don‘t agree with completely and some aspects of her method seemed a bit vague, but overall I really enjoyed it. It was also the perfect timing as I get ready for a new school year.

#audiobook #TeachersofLitsy

Lmstraubie I love the fact that everything she shares she has done. 1y
Daisey @Lmstraubie Yes, and I love her passion. It was definitely a good reminder of some things I haven‘t been doing as well as I know I can and an inspiring way to get ready to start my year. 1y
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CraftELibrarian
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The Book Whisperer is one of those books that was amazing. After I read it I debated my career path to become a reading specialist or librarian. It is one of those eye-opening books where a teacher(avid reader) has her 6th grade students read 40 books a year for independent reading instead of busywork. It was a fascinating, powerful read I'd love to gush about.

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TheFunkyBookworm
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So when my hubby got home from work I excitedly told him about the awesome date I had today (yes, I could have worded it better but it was funny to see the look on his face- see previous posts for explanation).
When I told him about the 2 new books I purchased, he pointedly looked at the coffee table and said -REALLY? 🙄
Doesn‘t everyone‘s coffee table look like this?! 🤷‍♀️
Sigh... nothin to do but toast myself with a vodka peach tea and enjoy 😂

Crewgurl I can‘t say my coffee table does, but my desk and office and my bedroom...yes. lol 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @Crewgurl haha books have taken over most those rooms as well 🤦‍♀️ Usually they are better organized but things have gotten a little willy nilly 😂 1y
Dolly Actually yes, but my books are older😂 1y
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TheFunkyBookworm @Dolly LOL see, I‘m in good company! To be fair, more than half of these are from the library!!! I told him to think of all the money I‘m saving! 😂🤦‍♀️ 1y
Dolly I‘ve heard from many sources that Bad Blood is very good. 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @Dolly the first time I heard about it was on the All The Books podcast today and it sounded fascinating- I knew I had to get my hands on it! Right now I‘m reading the Feather Thief but that will def be my next nonfiction read 1y
tracey38 I think it looks great! The best home is covered with books. And love your pup photobombing the pic of books. 😁🐶 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @tracey38 thanks! It makes me happy to be surrounded by books 😊 Do not be fooled by the cuteness of that shaggy dog- he is one grumpy pup 😂 🐶 but I 💜 him more for it! 1y
tracey38 @TheFunkyBookworm hahaha, I have one of those as well.🐶🐶 1y
tammysue I agree with @tracey38 ☺️ 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 16: This is definitely one of my #BookishPetPeeve(s). Whoever is asking this question is not familiar with Umberto Eco‘s antilibrary, as they miss the point entirely. #Jess7 - Tagged book is one of the most important, inspiring and enlightening professional development text for teachers, persuading them to be active readers to engage their students in the classroom.

Sace I absolutely loved the tagged book! 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 31: My #MayStats is fairly dismal, compared to previous months, but I suppose seven adult novels ain‘t all that bad. 😍🧚🏼‍♀️📚 Tagged book is one of the best professional development texts on reading I have read, and I booktalk this one regularly with our teacher-trainees.

Cinfhen Great month! 2y
BookishMe Tagged book is on my list. It's been a slow reading month here too and my stats are nowhere near yours. Will need GR to remind me the last book I read ;p 2y
readordierachel Well done! 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Sometimes being a middle school intensive reading teacher is the pits. No one ever chooses your class- they get stuck with it because of low scores and are bitter bc they rather be taking a fun elective. But once in a blue moon you get a great day like today- took the kiddos on a field trip to Dave & Busters where one student won me this mermaid and then another left this sweet note on my desk at the end of the day. Hang in there fellow teachers!

britt_brooke Aw, sweet!! 💚 2y
Suet624 Awww, that‘s really sweet. 2y
Kshakal We can make it to the end of the year!!! 16 days left for me... 2y
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AmberWB These notes are the best- and I keep every single one of them! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Kshakal we can do it! 13 left for me and the last week is finals! Thank god for teacherspayteachers.com to get me thru the last few days bc I barely have any juice left! 😂 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Suet624 @britt_brooke I know right?! Today was just what I needed to power me thru to the bitter end! 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @AmberWB me too- it‘s a nice reminder that what we do makes a difference on those tough days! 💜 2y
CoffeeNBooks I was a middle school intensive reading teacher for several years- no matter how tough the days are, you are making such a difference!! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 2y
Jemgirl2014 How beautiful ! I love it! ❤ 2y
Bronte_Chintz This makes it all worth while! 2y
JoyNorstrom Aw!! So cool! Thanks for sharing😊 2y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Craftylikefox That‘s so sweet 💕 I have all the respect for teachers, it‘s not easy and you are doing a very important job. 2y
Kshakal @TheFunkyBookworm I don‘t know what I would do without teachers pay teachers!! 2y
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AndreaReads
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“Books are the plane, the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” Anna Quindlen I ❤️ both this quote and this book!

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Kmacthelibrarian
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WanderingBookaneer
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag Impressive as heck! Has it been a year of only Mount TBR? 2y
Tamra Was that your challenge? No new books??? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @thegirlwiththelibrarybag : It has not been a year on only #MountTBR . Temptation to buy new books is too strong and I also had #NetGalley to contend with. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer @Tamra : That was one of 5 reading challenges this year: Goodreads & MountTBR are quantity based, #LitsyAToZ, #PopSugar, and #ReadHarder are the other 3. (edited) 2y
Tamra @WanderingBookaneer I‘ve thought about challenging myself to the TBR tubs I have stacked. But you are right, Goddess of Temptation laughs. 2y
Suet624 I‘m so happy impressed. I hope to pay attention to my stack of books as next year‘s challenge. And If I say it enough times maybe I will actually do it. 2y
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jpmcwisemorgan

Ok, so it‘s going to be more the Book Scribble Insider but hey, beggars can‘t be choosers - right? Are y‘all ready @Hehaney @inwhichHeikereadsharder @EllieDottie ??? I have my book ready to start on November 1. P.S. I sent an email because I got my zip code wrong. Oops!

Hestapleton I can‘t wait! :) 2y
jpmcwisemorgan @Hehaney I‘m excited! 😀😀😀 2y
heikemarie I‘m ready and excited!! Will we all send to the person below us first?? 2y
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Lmstraubie
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Leveled reading serves a purpose, but should not be used to label our kids. Free choice is also a way to grow as a reader. #teachersoflitsy #librariansoflitsy

rebecca_lib word! the free choice struggle is real. 2y
Smangela ♥️ this! 2y
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DebbieGrillo
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@RealLifeReading #fallintobooks

Here's my pile with an occupation in the title. The only one I've already read is The Book Whisperer. Which other one is a must read?

rachaich I've only read The Magicians which I did like, though wasn't sure I would. 2y
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Sace
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The students are back today. I don't care if I'm the Spanish teacher, I'm going to make reading for pleasure part of my class this year. Standards be damned. They can fire me. Frankly, love of reading is IMO the single most important thing I can give them.

#teachersoflitsy #raisingreaders

Emilyrjones22 Bravo and totally agree!! 2y
Jess_Read_This 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❤️❤️❤️ 2y
lynneamch Oh @Talewaggingreads , this sounds just like you. Good for you, Sara. And, good for your students. Here's to a great year! 2y
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Laura317 Go for it! I always learned Spanish faster by reading than any other way. 2y
LauraBeth ❤️❤️👏👏 2y
Talewaggingreads Can't wait to get my hands on this one @lynneamch !💖💖💖📖🔖 2y
Andrea4 Reading is a great way to learn another's language, slang, culture, religion/superstition, prejudices, general daily life, etc etc! ¡buena suerte! 2y
Lmstraubie 👊👊👊 2y
AlaMich I don't see what the conflict would be, as long as they're reading in Spanish? 2y
Sace @AlaMich nope. I'm asking them to read whatever they want and keep a reading log (though I'm requiring at least one periodical.) I'm working with the librarian to help get her circulation up. We're thinking about getting a public librarian in to talk to the kids during library week too. I'm also going to use Newsela. 2y
AlaMich @RestlessFickleBookSlut Well, I agree with you in any case! 👍 2y
Sace @AlaMich 😊 2y
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Sace
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#readinghabits
📚 #manga is my go-to genre
📚 During the school year I read in the morning, on my lunch break and right before I go to bed. On vacation/weekends I read all day long.
📚 I read several books at a time.
📚 I don't really plan my reading.
📚 I buy more books than I should.
📚 I don't use the library enough.

Jess7 What is #Manga ? 2y
Sace @Jess7 Basically a Japanese comic/graphic novel. 2y
Jess7 Thank you and a graphic novel is a novel with pictures or a comic book? 2y
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Sace @Jess7 yep. 2y
Jess7 Ok, so if any book has a single picture in it - does that qualify as a graphic novel or does it have to be primarily a picture book? For example this book contains photographs of #RBG over the years but it's primarily the story of the justice's life told by two comedic journalists - I would just call this a novel - but is it technically a graphic novel? 2y
Sace I wouldn't consider a book with one image a graphic novel. An example of a graphic novel would be something like American Born Chinese. 2y
Sace An example of a comic (to me) would be something like Phoebe and her Unicorn. 2y
kspenmoll Love this picture! 2y
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AndreaReads
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readinginthedark Truth! 📚🎉 3y
britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
JazzFeathers LOL! Me too ;) 3y
EllieDottie Love it!! 3y
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shanebeth
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this was the precious scene in my classroom Friday morning. we got cozy (pjs optional!) and listened to our special middle school reading buddies read some of our favorite stories to us. it was a great way to wrap up Read Across America week! #raisingreaders #teachersoflitsy #ReadAcrossAmerica

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 3y
Aswenson 😍 3y
Cinfhen So fun 💙📚💜 3y
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marleighd85
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"Through reading, we can witness all that is noble, beautiful, or horrifying about other human beings."

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Lmstraubie
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Suzze That is the truth! 3y
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Eyglo
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I am currently in a big reading slump 😞 Usually a juicy book or a good romance novel can get me out of it...but I'm not finding anything helpful right now! So I'm asking the Litsy community - any recommendation? 😊😊

KCorter I find graphic novels or short story collections the perfect remedy when I get in a slump. Have you read Nimona or Lumberjanes? They are super fun and quirky. 3y
mischa Maybe a reread of a favourite book? 3y
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Eyglo @KCorter - funny coincidence! I just bought Nimona a couple a weeks ago but put it a side for some other time. I will def give it a try now 😊 3y
Eyglo @mischa yes! That is a classic solution! I always find it a bit comforting to go back to something I know won't dissapoint me or surprise me in a bad way :) Now I just have to dig through my 4 and 5🌟 ratings on goodreads ;) 3y
Eyglo @Notafraidofwords What a great recommendation! Wish I hadn't already read it. Def one of my top 10 books of 2016! Maybe I should just read it again;) 3y
Libby1 Do you like spy thrillers? Exposure was one of my favourites from 2016. It is a very human story dealing with family and betrayal and courage. I highly recommend it! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Eyglo The Humans by Matt Haig. That's my answer to everything. Lol. I loved it so much. 3y
EricQiao Why not read my book, The Only Girl in China? This way you can talk to the author about it while you read, he'd make sure you won't fall into a slump. 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I second @KCorter - graphic novels, especially Nimona or Lumberjanes are fantastic for slumps. And I only discovered graphic novels last year so I am not even hardcore (yet)! My absolute favorite is Bandette💕 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon p.s. This photo is amazing. 👍 3y
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MsJParks
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Rainy day + an inspiring read make for a great Sunday. I'll be ready to get back to work this week!

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Johanna414
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If only every teacher could set up a classroom that installs such a love of reading!

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Johanna414
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Our middle school has asked me for help in setting up an independent reading program for grades 6-8, so I am brushing up a bit with this gem. Have I mentioned lately how much I love my job?

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TheZenTeacher
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It's probably kind of M.E. Escher-y to post a book about reading on an app about reading, but I'm a high school teacher and my students just don't read and so I'm reading this because I want to learn how to make them better readers because reading is one of the most critical skills in the world. But of course all of you know that.

MrBook Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 3y
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aecawthon
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Loved this! A great perspective on "teaching" the love of reading. There are several things I will be trying in my classroom this year.

Nebklvr I'm not a teacher but read this as a librarian for ways to encourage reading. It is a great read! 3y
Nebklvr Saw her speak and she's amazing! 3y
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shanebeth
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starting this. trying to get psyched about back to school...

LeslieO This should do it! Loved this book about creating readers! 3y
MrBook Interesting! You talked me into it. 3y
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ErinC
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This pretty much sums up why I became a teacher and why I struggle with it. Excited to incorporate more independent reading in my high school classes next year again.

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aecawthon
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Have any of you teachers had success with this? I've read the first chapter and love the premise, but am scared to try a new approach!

Peddler410 I read this a couple years ago. I'm a middle school librarian so I don't have a class, but some of the teachers I work with have incorporated a similar approach. In middle school I took reading elective class. We chose our own books & had to complete activities. Friday's were strategy days. 3y
aecawthon I teach Jr High, and I'm all for anything that will get the kids interested in reading on their own! 3y
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iamcourtneyb
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I am a reader, a flashlight-under-the-covers, carries-a-book-everywhere-I-go, don't-look-at-my-Amazon-bill reader.

MrBook Great pic! 3y
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