(Mrs. Schmelzer and her never-ending supply of coffee. This student's drawing of me sure cracked me up this week!)
I love teaching! I love my students! As a teacher, it is not about the appreciation or recognition that we get this week. It is about the love we have for our students and their learning. In honor of teacher's week, I have pulled some of my favorite "teacher-themed" children's books.
Picture Books ---
My Teacher is a Monster (No, I’m Not) by Peter Brown
This book will provide you with some great laughs about a little boy who just can’t seem to get along with his teacher. No matter what Robert does he is always in trouble at school. Things get super messy when he runs into his teacher at the park… on a Saturday!
Thank You Mr. Falkner by Patrica Polacco
This story will touch your heart. It is based on a true story of Patrica Polacco’s life and her own difficulties she faced in school. For years and years, Trisha struggled to read in school. No matter how hard she tried, she just couldn’t seem to make the words on the pages of book to make sense. Things change for her when Mr. Falkner becomes her teacher, and introduces her to a world of reading. All because of one amazing teacher, generations to come will forever get to enjoy Patrica Pollaco’s many children’s stories.
My Teacher by James Ransome
My Teacher is a great book for young readers. This simple picture book highlights the passion and love that one teacher gives all her students.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan
Following in the path of many Jean Reagan’s recent book hits such as, How to Babysit Grandpa and How to Raise a Mom, we now have a teacher version titled How to Get Your Teacher Ready. This book provides children with a how-to guide on getting your teacher back into school mode after summer vacation.
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
The kids in Room 207 are out of control, and they have crushed their sweet teacher, Miss Nelson into the ground. So much so, that one day she stops coming to school. In her place, the meanest substitute in the world takes over the classroom.
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Ms. Bixby is sick, and her students are desperate to help her. They skip school one day and enter on a wild adventure to give her the perfect day off from the hospital. What happens though… is that everything goes wrong?
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally is incredibly smart. She is so smart that she has been able to fool teacher and teacher. You see, Ally can’t read, and she is determined to keep that secret to herself. However, plans change when her teacher, Mr. Daniels, figures out what the real truth that Ally has been hiding.
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Everyone has that teacher in their lives that changed their lives for the better. For seven middle schoolers, Mr. Terupt is just that teacher. In this story, you will fall in love with each student and your heart with ache for the tough situations each of them must face. But through the love and guidance of Mr. Terupt, they just might find the strength to move forward.
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Nick Allen is the class clown, and he loves all the attention that his wild shenanigans always gets him. But things change for Nick when he enters Ms. Granger’s classroom. Nick no longer has the control or the attention that he thrives upon. In order to try to beat Ms. Granger, Nick decides to create a new word for pen, Frindle. His Frindle craze catches on, but his fight with Ms. Granger has only just begun.