You MUST Read This Book!
This morning I shared with a group of 4th grade readers that when I read a good book, the very first thing I want to do is tell someone about it. Well, I just finished reading the most amazing book and I just HAVE to share it with you. It’s called The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller.
It is sort of a professional book, but it reads more like a fast-moving novel. It’s written by a sixth grade teacher from Texas, but it’s applicable for teachers of all grade levels. As I read this book, I felt as though I were reading my own life story as a reading teacher. I could have written almost every word (except not nearly as well as Donalyn). Some of you may recall my blog posts called Breaking the Cycle and Breaking the Cycle Part II in which I shared my frustration with the way I was teaching reading. Donalyn had a similar experience when she began her teaching career. In this book she shares her journey as a reading teacher. She takes you inside her classroom as she describes how she turns virtually every student she meets into a reader who reads an average of 40 books during their year with her, who passes the state reading exam, AND becomes a lifelong reader. Be prepared to be totally inspired and maybe even shed a few tears. It’s the only “professional book” that has ever had this effect on me. Once you read it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.