My Teacher! My Hero! 16 Books about Teachers

Books about Teachers

Teachers are amazing!

Children spend much of their life in their schools, learning new skills, and discovering the world around them. A very big part of their schooling journey is a teacher. With Teacher’s Day coming up, it is the right time to think about the value a great teacher adds to a student’s life. Most of us can name at least one teacher that made a difference for us, and we hope that our children will get to experience the joy of an effective teacher year after year.  Teachers must be brave, patient and creative!

In these books, you’ll meet some extraordinary teachers and the children they teach. Laugh with them, admire them, and have fun with them!  Do remember to say thanks to the teachers you know!

Let us reflect on these books that feature teachers. Hooray for teachers!

Books about Teachers 

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Teacher’s Name: Mr. Slinger

Books about Teachers - Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly’s fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall

Teacher’s Name – Miss Nelson

Miss Nelson Is Missing

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways.

Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco

Teacher’s Name – Mr. Falker

Thank you Mr.Falker

The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. Overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning to read, Trisha is dismayed when all the letters and numbers in her books are jumbled up. Only Mr. Falker recognizes her problem and takes the time to lead her to the magic of reading.

Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Peterson


Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as “The Junkyard,” she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn’t be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And it is here in The Junkyard that Trisha learns the true meaning of genius, and that this group of misfits are, in fact, wonders, all of them. Based on a real-life event in Patricia Polacco’s childhood, this ode to teachers will inspire all readers to find their inner genius.

The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco

Teacher’s Name: Miss. Chew

The Art of Miss Chew

After spending the summer with her artist grandmother, Trisha knows she wants to be an artist, too. She’s thrilled when her sketches get her into Miss Chew’s special art class at the high school. A substitute teacher tells her she’s wasting time on art when she should be studying – but fortunately, this is one battle that Miss Chew and Trisha are up for!

Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Teacher’s Name: Miss.Honey

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda Wormwood’s father thinks she’s a little scab. Matilda’s mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda’s headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she’s the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she’s an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind – and now she’s had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they’ll never forget. Special mention to her teacher Miss.Honey!

The Art Lesson by Tomie de Paola

Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Bowers

The Art Lesson

Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.

The Dot by Peter H Reynolds

Teacher’s Name: The Art Teacher

The Dot

One little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery in Peter H. Reynolds’ multiple award-winning modern classic. In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity from Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator of Ish and the Judy Moody series, Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently, and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way

Our Teacher by Neeta Gangopadhyay, Sundara Ramaswamy

Teacher’s Name: Elizabeth Ma’am

Our Teacher

Our Teacher tells a heartwarming tale about the timeless value of education as it brings to life the students and teachers from a small school in Tamil Nadu. This translation captures the nuances of the original award-winning classic in modern Tamil literature. This story was honoured with the Katha Chudamani Award for Literary Achievement.

Counting on Moru by Rukmini Banerji and illustrated by Nina Sabnani

Teacher’s Name: Teacher

Counting on Moru

In Moru’s world, numbers danced, digits waved out and long division looked ike a graceful tail. But one day, this world came crumbling down in school. Moru then became the local bully. Then, someone helped him discover the joy of learning again. This story demonstrates the importance of taking into consideration students’ needs, as individuals, while reflecting on how a teacher’s behavior can affect that of the students.

Nabiya by Chatura Rao, Illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane

Teacher’s Name: Savita

Nabiya

It is hard not to notice Nabiya in Savita Teacher’s English story classes. She listens so hard that she hardly blinks! Slowly, she begins to explore stories, delight in their words, pictures and funny moments. This sensitively told story about a spirited young girl, who likes football as much as she likes storybooks, is based on the author’s own experience. Using a collage of colors, textures, and drawings, the illustrations evoke Nabiya’s everyday world and her journey into the world of words.

Mr Oliver’s Dairy by Rukin Bond

Teacher’s Name: Mr.Oliver

Mr Oliver’s Dairy by Rukin Bond

Mr. Oliver, a history teacher, arrives in Simla with a trainload of hungry boys to start a new term at the prep school. As he records the antics of the amazing characters there, and all that they get up to, we quickly realize that there is never a dull moment. A fire, a missing Headmaster, and runaway students make sure that not a day goes by when Mr. Oliver has nothing to report in his diary. He writes about the eccentric teachers, the girls’ school next door and the lovely Anjali Ramola, whom he secretly admires.
Laugh-out-loud funny, with a core of old-world charm that is trademark Bond

Simply Nanju by Zainab Sulaiman

Teacher’s Name: Theresa Miss

Simply Nanju

Nothing worries Nanju too much; not the fact that he walks funny or that he’s known as the class copycat or that the cleverest (and prettiest) girl in class barely knows he’s alive. But when books start disappearing from the classroom, the needle of suspicion begins to point at Nanju. Aided by his beloved best friend, the fragile but brainy Mahesh, Nanju has to find out who the real thief is. Otherwise, his father might pack him off to Unni Mama’s all-boys Hostel from Hell and Nanju might lose all that’s dear to him. Set in a school for children who are differently abled, this funny, fast-paced whodunit will keep you guessing till the very end. Though his teacher, Theresa Miss comes across as irritable and slightly distant, we discover towards the end of the book that apart from taking on the needs of a full class of differently abled students every day, she’s struggling to make sure that one particular boy is protected from an unsafe home environment.

The Why Why Girl by Mahasweta Devi

Teacher’s Name: Mahasweta Devi

The Why Why Girl

Moyna lives in a little tribal village. She cannot go to school because she has to tend the goats, collect the firewood, fetch the water… But she is so full of questions that the postmaster calls her the ‘why-why girl’! Mahasweta Devi is one of India’s foremost writers. In this delightful story, her first picture book, and the only children’s book she has written in English, she tells us how she meets Moyna (and her mongoose!) and helps her find answers to all the why-whys – in books, that Moyna herself learns to read.

Dear Mrs. Naidu by Mathangi Subramanian

Teacher’s Name: Annie Miss

Dear Mrs Naidu

Twelve-year-old Sarojini’s best friend, Amir, might not be her best friend anymore. Ever since Amir moved out of the basti and started going to a posh private school, it seems like he and Sarojini have nothing in common. Then Sarojini finds out about the Right to Education, a law that might help her get a free seat at Amir’s school – or, better yet, convince him to come back to a new and improved version of the government school they went to together. As she struggles to keep her best friend, Sarojini gets help from some unexpected characters, including Deepti, a feisty classmate who lives at a construction site; Vimala Madam, a human rights lawyer who might also be an evil genius; and Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, a long-dead freedom fighter who becomes Sarojini’s secret pen pal. Told through letters to Mrs. Naidu, this is the story of how Sarojini learns to fight – for her friendship, her family, and her future.

The Bookworm by Lavanya R.N.

Teacher’s Name: Mrs.Raj

The Bookworm

Sesha is a silent boy who reads all the time and he has a little brown book that no one has ever seen the inside of. One day, Sesha speaks and no one understands why he speaks differently. But when they see his brown book and the magic he can create, Sesha becomes a whole new person. Learn a little more about the silence of Sesha and his little brown book in this empathetic story by Lavanya R.N. illustrated with collages and watercolors by Shilo Shiv Suleman.


There are many more books that have teachers in them. You can also read Diya Plays Teacher, a short story for kids.  Who can forget Vedanayagam from Malgudi Days! Or Miss Hawthorne in Willow! Add your own favorites in the comments below if we missed them! You can look up 100 Cool Teachers in Children’s Literature or more lists with books about teachers in the links below.


Check out some DIY Ideas for gifts to give teachers or see this very simple Thank you card!

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