For immediate release | March 18, 2014

The Book Whisperer headlines AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer,” will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

In her popular book, “The Book Whisperer,” 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. Her most recent book, “Reading in the Wild,” offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading and defining oneself as a reader.

“Donalyn Miller shows the kind of reading environment school librarians strive to create in schools,” said AASL President Gail Dickinson. “Her proven classroom reading encouragement strategies and her enthusiasm for reading will give school librarians a wealth of ideas to implement in their schools.”

Miller 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. 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.

The AASL President's Program is an annual event featuring prominent experts on issues relevant to school librarianship and is open to all registered conference attendees. For more information about this and other AASL programs at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)