15 Books to Say Thanks on Teacher Appreciation Day

15 Books to Say Thanks on Teacher Appreciation Day

By Sophie Butler , Mar 22nd 2023

Two, four, six, eight… Who do we appreciate? TEACHERS!

Teacher appreciation day is coming up in early May and whether you celebrate the day or make it a week-long celebration, this is the best time of the year to show your teachers how much you appreciate all the hard work they do every day.

Teacher appreciation week is all about celebrating our educators and faculty that keep our schools running. They are continuously molding our children’s minds and hearts year after year. This is why it is crucial to show your teachers how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication.

But how do we possibly show how much appreciation we have for all that our teachers do? Well we think that books make the perfect meaningful gift!

From celebrating your teacher’s sense of humor, the impact they have on students’ daily lives, or just saying a simple thank you, these books for teachers make the perfect teacher appreciation gifts.

Laugh Out Loud Titles:

Want to get your teachers laughing out loud? Well these titles are sure to do it! Hilariously relatable for all teachers these stories from the classroom are sure to get them chuckling.

I Did My Homework In My Head (And Other Wacky Things Kids Say) by Alyssa Cowit and Greg Dunbar

This laugh out loud funny book shares irresistible quotes from the elementary school classroom that proves that children really do say the darndest things. This is a sweet gift for teachers that celebrates the innocent (and sometimes not-so-innocent) revelations of children.

Go See the Principal: True Tales From the School Trenches by Gerry Brooks

Written by an elementary school principal and popular YouTube personality, Gerry Brooks writes a hilariously relatable book on the challenges teachers face day-in and day-out. Offer comic relief, inspiration, and advice to those who need it the most.

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

This instant New York Times bestseller is the perfect book for teachers to enjoy with their students answering some of the weirdest questions. Before you go on a cosmic road trip, feed the residents of New York City to a T. rex, or fill every church with bananas, be sure to pick up a copy for your teachers!

Help Grow and Develop Their Skills:

Another great way to show your teachers how much you care about all they do is giving them tools to grow. Challenge your teachers to reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom and show your most valuable employees how much you appreciate what they do by investing in their future with these books!

The Learning Game: Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves, Embrace Challenge, and Love Learning by Ana Lorena Fábrega

Although this book isn’t releasing until the fall we are really excited about this title that is challenging teachers to rethink education. Ana Lorena Fábrega reveals a new series of actionable strategies to help kids learn and prepare them for life ahead.

When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids by Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

Bring the lessons from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to your teachers’ classroom with this playful and practical book to raise more creative, curious, and caring kids. Share the many ways that your educators might follow in Rogers’ footsteps, sharing his “tools for learning” with digital-age kids.

The Art of Teaching Children: All I Learned from a Lifetime in the Classroom by Phillip Done

This essential guide for teachers makes the perfect gift to share with your educators an extraordinary collection of wisdom, inspiration, and best practices about the art and skill of educating children from one of the best teachers around. From the first-day-of-school jitters to the last day’s tears, Done writes about the teacher’s craft, classrooms and curriculums, the challenges of the profession, and the reason all teachers do it—the children. 

Inspiration for the Year:

It is an amazing gift to show the teachers in your life the power they have to change the lives of their students. Their actions every year impact students’ lives forever. Inspire them to continue doing the amazing job they are doing with a heartwarming, encouraging book.

Lessons Learned and Cherished: The Teacher Who Changed My Life by Deborah Roberts

This new release about to hit the shelves is the PERFECT way to inspire your faculty. This giftable collection of essays from celebrity contributors shares the great and impactful work of teachers or a teacher they admire. Because as you will see from this book everyone has teachers that changed them, imparted life lessons, and helped them get to where they are today.

The Gift of Influence: Creating Life-Changing and Lasting Impact in Your Everyday Interactions by Tommy Spaulding

In this compelling and deeply personal book, Spaulding explores how we can be more mindful and effective in wielding the influence that each of us has over others—in our careers, our everyday interactions, and the relationships we cultivate throughout our lives. With a beautiful story shared about a teacher’s simple act that changed the lives of her students forever, this book will inspire anyone who reads it to think about their power to positively impact the lives of those around them.

Dear Teacher: 100 Days of Inspirational Quotes and Anecdotes by Brad Johnson and Hal Bowman

This inspirational book written by motivational speakers Brad Johnson and Hal Bowman, provides daily encouragement to thank teachers for all that they do in the classroom and beyond. Filled with quotes and powerful stories, this book is perfect for teachers of all grade levels. 

A Simple Thank You Goes A Long Way:

You can never go wrong with the simple power of a thank you. These books are great to be given to teachers from the children themselves! Because at the end of the day how can we show how much our teachers mean to us than giving them a big hug and one of these heartfelt titles.

Why We Need Teachers by Gregory E. Lang

Want to celebrate the work teachers do in schools everywhere? Then this is the picture book for you to give! Say thank you to your favorite teachers with this sweet picture book filled with genuine sentiment, adorable animal illustrations, and gentle, heartfelt rhymes. This is the perfect thank you gift for the teachers making a difference opening minds and touching hearts every day.

Thank You, Teacher! by Cate Berry

If you want a silly, rhyming ode to all the teachers then look no further! Thank your teacher for the tight hugs when you were scared, the fun eruptions during the science lesson, sharing the book that made you fall in love with reading, and for making this the best school year ever. Celebrate the teachers that go above and beyond with this book.

My Teacher Is the Best! By D.J. Steinberg

With a poem on each page this picture book celebrates the special teachers in students’ lives. Celebrating everything from their kindness working with their students to their ability to make the most complicated of topics make sense, this is the perfect gift book for any teacher. 

Read-Aloud for the Whole Classroom:

A perfect way to celebrate the impact that your teachers have on their students' daily lives is to give them additions for their classroom libraries! With tons of adorable and inspirational children’s books filled with quirky and kind teachers, allow them to have a special time reading these stories to their students.

What I Like About YOU! Teacher Edition by Marilynn James

Help your students celebrate friendship and its moments of silliness and bravery, kindness and happiness, comfort and fun in this oversized teacher’s edition. This book is the perfect book to read aloud to your students and encourage them to look for wonderful qualities in their friends and themselves.

My Weirdtastic School #1: Miss Banks Pulls Lots of Pranks! by Dan Gutman

This silly elementary book is sure to get your children rolling on the ground laughing. When A.J. and his friends start 4th grade they are met with their weirdest teacher yet, Miss Banks. She won’t stop playing practical jokes on the class and A.J. and his classmates must learn how to avoid these tricky situations.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

If you are looking for a touching, popular title then this is the one for you! When art class comes to an end Vashti is left with a blank paper with a dot on it. With the encouragement of her teacher Vashti begins a beautiful journey of surprise and self-discovery.

If you are still looking for more titles to be inspired by we have our teacher's gift guide available. Or if you have a specific title in mind and aren't seeing it on our website then connect with one of our book experts and we would be happy to help you out with your request! 

Recent Posts