This year, more than ever, teachers deserve our appreciation and thanks! They all work so hard, doing amazing things for their students. So I decided to pull together some of my favorite picture books that highlight how wonderful they are. Here is my list of books about teachers!
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Books About Teachers
A Teacher Like You
A Teacher Like You is a brand new book! It is a celebration of all the ways that teachers help their students bloom. It shows how teachers have the power to change the life of a child every day. Whether it is in math or reading, or learning an instrument or sport, or simply having patience or showing that they care. Teachers make a difference!
Dear Teacher is another tribute to all all those who empower and inspire kids. This book, filled with gratitude, is a heartfelt thank you to all types of teachers. It is a well deserved appreciation!
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t)
In the story, Miss Brooks Loves Books, we learn the dedication that teachers have to all their students. Miss Brooks is a library teacher who’s goal is to find a book for each child. But there is one student who is very picky. Can Miss Brooks find her just the right book? A great book for showing how persistent teachers are!
Our Favorite Day of the Year
The premise of Our Favorite Day of the Year isn’t centered around the teacher. However, it does exemplify how one wonderful teacher empowers her students and their identities. Throughout the story she wants to get to know all her students and celebrate each one for who they are.
I put together a free lesson for Our Favorite Day of the Year for you to use in the classroom. It’s a full interactive read aloud!
My Teacher for President
My Teacher for President is written through the eyes of a child. The student is comparing the teacher’s job to that of the President. They believe that their teacher is totally qualified to run the country! Each page shows how a teacher’s job is very similar to that of the President.
First Day Jitters
First Day Jitters is often read at the beginning of the school year, however it works for Teacher Appreciation Day too. It starts with someone being pulled out of bed because they don’t want to go to school. We watch them drag their feet through their morning routine. When they finally get to school we find out…it’s the teacher!
Chapter Books About Teachers
Because of Mr. Terupt
Because of Mr. Terupt shows how one teacher influenced not only his class, but the community as well. It is the story of how a fifth grade class grow into a community under the guidance of an unconventional teacher. Mr. Terupt makes learning fun and exciting, but he doesn’t let his students get away with anything. But when there is a terrible accident, how will his students react?
Because of Mr. Terupt is a wonderful novel to read to your class. It will definitely lead to some important conversations with your students. Grab the discussion questions for Because of Mr. Terupt to get started!
Fish in a Tree
In Fish in a Tree, Ally is smart enough to hide her inability to read with some clever distractions. A new teacher steps in and sees the creative kid underneath the troublemaker, though. A powerful book about how amazing it is that teachers can build confidence and help kids reach their full potential.
This is another read aloud that will help build community in your classroom. Grab the discussion questions for Fish in a Tree will help you lead the discussion!
Patricia Polacco Teacher Books
Patricia Polacco has a wonderful collection of books that highlight the amazing teachers she had as a child. Her books allow readers to look at her childhood and be inspired by those teachers. We are able to truly feel her struggles with her learning disability and get to know the teachers that cared about her.
The Art of Miss Chew
After spending a summer with her grandmother, Trisha discovers that she wants to be an artist. Since she doesn’t have an art program at her school, her teacher encourages her to join the high school art class. The art teacher, Miss Chew, helps Trisha learn the language of art. But there is one teacher who believes that the art is merely a distraction. Can Trisha and Miss Chew convince the school board to let her stay?
Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece
Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece celebrates the lifelong impact of a great teacher. Public speaking terrifies Trisha, but she ends up in a drama class. Mr. Wayne recognizes this and allows her work backstage. But then, right before the big performance, disaster strikes. Can Mr. Wayne encourage Trisha to overcome her fears?
An A from Miss Keller
An A from Miss Keller is a tribute to the teacher who inspired a young Patricia Polacco to become the writer and storyteller that she is today. Miss Keller is a demanding, tough teacher who pushes her to write with emotion. She encourages her to improve upon her own strengths and pull from with. This book shows students how to allow a teacher to push them towards excellence and past their own assumed idea of their own ability.
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker is the real life story of a girl with dyslexia and the teacher who would not let her fail. Trisha loves to paint and draw, but words are a jumble. Her grandparents show her how wonderful reading is, but she struggles with it. Mr. Falker, however, recognizes her dyslexia and helps her the best that he can.
All of these books about teachers show how truly impactful they are on their students. Whether the book is silly or serious, we know that teachers are amazing! So, if you are a teacher – thank you! And if you are not a teacher – make sure you thank one today!
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