Author Archives: donalynm

towers falling August 21

It’s a Wide World by Donalyn Miller

Tomorrow morning, our younger daughter, Sarah, starts her senior year of high school. After two decades of first days with our daughters, this marks our final first day of school as parents. Shopping for school supplies, Sarah joked that this was the last time she would need a cart full of folders. I suppose our […]

the girl who drank the moon August 03

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, Reviewed by Stacey Riedmiller and Donalyn Miller

  The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill honors classic fantasy archetypes while offering readers a contemporary discussion of power, love, family, and sacrifice. The recipient of four starred reviews, Barnhill’s breathtaking story reveals a writer with masterful control of her craft and unwavering devotion to her audience. She knows who she is […]

paul auster reading escape quote July 24

A Place to Be Quiet by Donalyn Miller

I’ve traveled continuously this summer—going from one literacy conference to the next. I’ve met thousands of teachers, librarians, and administrators gathered in auditoriums and classrooms to learn more about engaging children with reading. It’s been an inspiring summer spent talking with passionate folks about literacy. I have learned a lot and hopefully shared some ideas […]


#OrlandoStrong by Anne Lee

  I find myself on a plane on a day of another national tragedy. In 2001,  I was on an early flight from Orlando to New York which circled the Twin Towers trying to land in LaGuardia while one tower smoked in the distance, just hours later to fall.   This time it took place […]

hamilton June 18

The Top Ten Books for Hamilnerds by Sarah Gross, Donalyn Miller, and Melissa Posten

Hamilton: An American Musical has taken the world by storm. Based on Ron Chernow’s 2005 comprehensive biography, Alexander Hamilton, the musical has garnered a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album, eleven Tony Awards, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Fans of all ages listen to the songs, engage with the cast on […]

Serendipity by Donalyn Miller

We moved eleven months ago and I’m still unpacking books. With the speed and efficiency of pit stop mechanics, Don and I can assemble an IKEA bookcase in less than an hour, but it takes me days to fill one. As I open each box, I consider every book and its placement in our new […]

the last fifth grade of emerson elementary April 17

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan, Reviewed by Donalyn Miller

Another school year winds down and we look forward to the slower pace of summer. We can breathe. We spend time outdoors. We take vacations. We hang out around the house. We sleep later. We read more books.   As a teacher and parent, the end of the school is a bittersweet time. I do […]

harriet the spy March 20

Touchstones by Donalyn Miller

This weekend, I attended the Michigan Reading Association Conference and presented three sessions—one session about early 2016 book recommendations and two sessions about reading response. During the reading response sessions, I shared a few books from my reading autobiography, invited attendees to reflect on their own reading experiences and list books that have been meaningful […]

flowers for algernon February 21

Some Books for Now and Some Books for Later by Donalyn Miller

  I learned to read at a young age, and my parents soon lost the ability or will to monitor my reading choices. They trusted me to find books and navigate the ideas in what I read with little parental oversight. Occasionally, I would ask my mom about specific words or scenes that I didn’t […]

last stop on market street January 17

Getting on the Bus by Donalyn Miller

Last Monday, a tiny corner of the world celebrated the announcements of the American Library Association’s 2016 Youth Media Awards. Watching the announcements via live streaming, I switched between jotting book titles in my notebook, Voxing my excitement to my #bookaday group, clapping and hooting, and texting friends who were attending the announcements in person. The […]