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Donalyn Miller

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Educator & Author of "The Book Whisperer" and "Reading in the Wild"

Educator & Author of "The Book Whisperer" and "Reading in the Wild"

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Donalyn Miller Biography

Donalyn Miller is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff development leader who has taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas area. Her teaching awards include TCTELA’s Elementary Language Arts Teacher of the Year (2011), Keller ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010), ESC Region XI Teacher of the Year (2010), TEA State Finalist Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010), Trinity Meadows Intermediate School Teacher of the Year (2010), and Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Region XI Rising Star Teacher (2008). In 2018, Miller was awarded TCTELA’s Edmund J. Farrell Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the language arts teaching profession.

Miller is the author or co-author of several books about creating engaging and inclusive reading communities for all children. In her first book, The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Miller 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 a starred review, Library Journal said, “Her approach is simple yet provocative: affirm the reader in every student, allow students to choose their own books, carve out extra reading time, model authentic reading behaviors, discard timeworn reading assignments such as book reports and comprehension worksheets, and develop a classroom library filled with high-interest books.” The Book Whisperer has been translated into several languages including French and Chinese.

In her second book, Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2013), Miller collected survey responses from over 900 adult readers about their reading habits and used this information to explicitly model and teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Miller’s articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Gifted Child International, Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Voices From the Middle, Educational Leadership, Horn Book, and The Washington Post. Miller is currently working on a new book with Dr. Teri Lesesne, and has several solo and collaborative writing projects planned for 2018 and 2019.

With her friend and collaborator Colby Sharp, Miller co-founded The Nerdy Book Club blog, which provides daily inspiration, book recommendations, resources, and advice about raising and teaching young readers. Since the blog began in 2011, Nerdy Book Club has grown into a podcast, numerous state and national conference presentations, and several Ed Camp-style professional development events including Nerd Camp Michigan and Nerd Camp, Jr. held annually in Parma, Michigan.

Miller is the founder of the annual summer #bookaday challenge and co-hosts (along with Colby Sharp) the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk, a monthly chat about reading and books.

From 2014 to 2019, Miller served as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Ambassador of Independent Reading Advocacy. In this role, Miller traveled to conferences and schools as a reading ambassador, sat on several Scholastic advisory boards, and hosted the web-based teaching tips and book talk show– The Book Whisperer: Back to the Books. With her colleague and friend, John Schumacher, Miller co-edited the Reader Leader blog and co-hosted Scholastic Book Fairs’ annual Reading Summits.

Through her international conference presentations, workshops, school visits, published works, and online collaborations with colleagues, Miller shares the importance of self-selected independent reading and provides suggestions and resources that foster children’s love of reading and the development of positive reading identities. Presentations include current and timeless research, classroom rituals and routines that support engaging reading communities, classroom and home library development, book recommendations, practical reading and writing workshop strategies and instructional moves, and personal stories about the power of independent reading and student choice.

Miller and her husband, Don, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. They live in Colleyville, Texas in a house full of bookcases.

Donalyn Miller Videos

  • The Book Whisperer Donalyn Miller Talks About Book Talks
    Thank you for watching. Be sure to subscribe to my videos so that you don’t miss anything. Donalyn Miller is the author of The Book Whisperer...
  • Episode 7: Creating a Book Talking Culture
    Book talks spark student interest in reading and promote a class-wide and school-wide reading culture. In this episode, examine resources for book...
  • We Need Diverse Books: Donalyn Miller
    We need diverse books because… children should be able to see themselves in books that they read.

Donalyn Miller Books

  • Game Changer!: Book Access for All Kids
    Game Changer!: Book Access for All Kids
  • Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
    Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
  • The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
    The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

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Donalyn Miller is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Donalyn Miller for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Donalyn Miller generally travels from Bedford, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rodney Robinson, Doug Lemov, Keith L. Brown, Robyn Jackson and Gerry Brooks. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Donalyn Miller for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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