Top 4 Must Read Books For Teachers

What Teachers Make By Taylor Mali

If you’ve ever been to a professional development for teachers or been in the trenches for a while, you are very familiar with the poem of the same name.

In the book, Taylor writes part inspiring anthem for our field and part a practical guide to effective teaching techniques.

This book is perfect for the newbie and veteran teacher alike as it calls to remind us that we, as teachers, have the greatest, most challenging, and important job in the world.


Elaine’s Circle By Bob Katz

Let’s get one thing straight before I share this next book with you. This book will make you cry. Like raining buckets on the last day of school of the best class you ever had but worse, buckets. If you’re not into heartwarming teary eyed books, then move along. But, if you like to indulge in reading uplifting-but-sad-but-happy-but seriously-sad-books, then this book is for you.

Elaine’s Circle by Bob Katz focuses on the real life story of Elaine Moore, a 4th grade teacher in Alaska, and the extraordinary lengths she goes to when one of her student’s is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

This book provides a heart-wrenching look at the remarkable achievements of Ms. Moore, the supportive community, and a group of children who rallied to make the student’s impending death an unforgettable lesson about life.


The Excellent 11 By Ron Clark

The Essential 11 Written by one of the most well-known and inspiring educators in the nation, The Excellent 11 is a teacher’s companion to Ron Clark’s The Essential 55. Written to inspire and educate teachers on creating students who LOVE learning, this is a MUST read. Actually, any book by Ron Clark is a must read in my opinion.

His positive attitude and always forward determination brings a new found hope to beaten down veterans and overwhelmed newbies alike.


Good-Bye, Mr. Chips By James Hilton

If you fancy Classic English Lit or heartwarming tales, then you’ll love this classic of the world’s most beloved schoolmaster. Goodbye, Mr. Chips follows the life of English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping as he journeys through teaching at a Private English School for boys in the 1870’s. It is told through the memories of the many students who came to say their final farewells.

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