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13 Books to Read During Teacher Appreciation Month

Young children to teens will enjoy reading and sharing these tales about teachers.

PICTURE BOOKS

“Teacher”

“Teacher”
by Lucy M. George, illustrated by Ando Twin


This book is part of the Busy People series about people with different careers. The story introduces readers to a busy teacher and how she goes about her daily routine. She has to get everything ready for her class, take the children to an assembly, feed them, teach them and more.

“My Teacher’s Not Here”

“My Teacher’s Not Here”
by Lana Button, illustrated by Christine Battuz
Kitty is always greeted by her trusted and beloved teacher, Miss Seabrooke. But on this particular day, she’s not there. Kitty learns about handling the unexpected and how to go about her school day with a substitute teacher.

“Rescuing Mrs. Birdley”

“Rescuing Mrs. Birdley”
by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Emma Reynolds
Miranda Montgomery is an animal expert. What does she do when she finds her teacher, Mrs. Birdley, in a grocery store (“out in the wild”)? She tries to trap her and return her to her natural habitat—the classroom.

EARLY READERS

“Biscuit Goes to School”
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories
A dog follows the bus to school, where he meets the teacher and does class activities.

“Magic School Bus”

“Magic School Bus” (series)
by Joanna Cole
Join the fun and wacky Ms. Frizzle and her class for science-related adventures—under the sea, into outer space, through the human body, back in time … and more.

“Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown”
by Paula Danzinger, illustrated by Tony Ross
Amber is nervous about starting second grade with a new teacher. Despite being in the same class as mean Hannah Burton, things turn out just fine.

“Words with Wings”

“Words with Wings”
by Nikki Grimes
Daydreaming became an escape for Gabby once her parents started arguing. With the help of a new teacher, those daydreams may turn into words. (This novel is told in verse.)

MIDDLE READERS

“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day”

“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day”
by John David Anderson
When three boys discover that their favorite teacher won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan to give her the last day she deserves.

“Fish in a Tree”

“Fish in a Tree”
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally struggles with dyslexia and tries to cover it up with distracting class disruptions. Her new teacher, Mr. Daniels, not only sees through her efforts to hide her problem, but he also sees the bright, creative kid she is underneath the surface. With his help, Ally gains confidence and discovers there is much more to her than a label.

“Word After Word After Word”

“Word After Word After Word”
by Patricia MacLachlan
Every school day feels the same for five fourth-grade friends. Then Ms. Mirabel comes to their class bringing magical words and a new way of seeing and understanding. Beloved author Patricia MacLachlan delivers this tale about what is real and unreal.

TEEN READERS

“The Skin I’m In”

“The Skin I’m In”
by Sharon Flake
A 13-year-old girl is uncomfortable in her own skin. But when she meets a new teacher, she discovers how to love who she is and what she looks like.

“The Story of My Life”

“The Story of My Life”
by Helen Keller
Helen Keller recounts her experience growing up blind and deaf and discusses the impact of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, in helping her learn to communicate.

“Bluefish”

“Bluefish”
by Pat Schmatz
Everything changes for 13-year-old Travis, a new student trying to hide his illiteracy, when he meets a sassy classmate with her own secrets and a remarkable teacher. Pat Schmatz communicates the value of how trust and connection make a difference.

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