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Donalynn Miller, Book Whisperer Coming to ORA February 28, 2015


Donalynn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalynn 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. Donalynn 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 appeared in publications such as The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post.

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Upcoming events

  • February 28, 2015 • Moore-Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus - Click the Conference tab for more information

President's Message

Dear Oklahoma Readers,

Oklahoma Reading Association promotes literacy across our great state!  All of us have a part in the promotion of literacy by reading, writing, and teaching, listening and talking about books.  The people who are supporting literacy learning are teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, librarians, literacy coaches, volunteers and many more.  Our goal is to inspire Oklahomans to become lifelong readers and writers.

This year our Leadership Conference, on September 20, is open to ORA members and members-to-be.  We will have two guest speakers. The first is Brook Meiller, a curriculum coordinator in the Norman Public School District who will speak on academic literacy standards.  The second is Angela Rivelle of the International Reading Association, who will bring us information about the transition happening at IRA and how we as a state organization and as local council members can move forward to support literacy. 

In the spring (February 28) we will be hosting Donalynn Miller, the author of The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild.  Our theme is “Wild Reading.”  What are we wild about when it comes to reading and how can we capture our students’ hearts and create wild readers?

It is my hope that you will join us in our effort to promote literacy by becoming a member, joining a local council, attending our conferences and sharing knowledge through professional development.  Let’s make Oklahoma the state that is “wild” about literacy!

Vickie Hinkle
ORA President

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