Teacher books

Tonight we are going to see a middle-school performance of my friend Ronn Smith’s stage adaption of Avi’s Nothing But the Truth. I love that book and have always been a sucker for books about teachers–Christy, To Sir, With Love, Dibs: In Search of Self and Up the Down Staircase were the favorites of my youth. In fact, Up the Down Staircase was our senior play in 1974, and, true to form,  I played the principal. Robin Smith shares a few of her favorites in this Magazine article from 2008–any updates?

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Have you discovered Sam Swope’s I AM A PENCIL ? (too good to miss)

  2. C Lathrop says:

    Maida’s Little School by Inex Haynes Irwin–way ahead of its time!

  3. Kelly Neylon says:

    True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi
    Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

  4. I love teacher books, too! Two books by New York Times reporters:

    Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School, by Samuel G. Freedman

    Ms. Moffett’s First Year: Becoming a Teacher in America, by Abby Goodnough

  5. I also enjoyed Up the Down Staircase.
    Some other favorite teacher books: The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill; The Gawgon and the Boy by Lloyd Alexander; Word After Word After Word by Patricia MacLachlan; and Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.

  6. Good Morning, Miss Dove is a favorite of mine. I disagree with everything about Miss Dove and still love the book.

  7. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    I’m not sure I’d call it a “teacher book”, per se, but Bridge to Terabithia has some great teacher-student moments.

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