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Favorite Teachers in Picture Books


When school starts is a great time to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. What is a teacher’s job? What might a teacher ask you to do while you are at school? How does the teacher know if you have a question?

After school starts, ask about your child’s day at school. I bet you will hear a lot, “My teacher says…”! Stories about what happens in the classroom will help you understand what your child’s day is like away from you. Maybe this is the year for a favorite teacher who will be remembered for a long time! Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny!

You might also like Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books.


The Art Lesson Mrs. Brown in 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.
Arthurs Teacher Trouble Mr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n.
Chrysanthemum Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
The Dot The Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.
The Handkerchief Quilt Miss Anderson in The Handkerchief Quilt – When a disastrous flood damages Parkland School, forcing it to close for lengthy repairs, Miss Anderson, an elementary teacher, devises a way to raise money to help buy replacement books.
Lillys Purple Plastic Purse Mr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip Miss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Miss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. More Miss Bindergarten Books
Miss Foxs Class Shapes Up Miss Fox in Miss Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. More Miss Fox Books
Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind Miss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. More Miss Malarkey Books
Miss Mingo and the First Day of School Miss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. More Miss Mingo Books
Miss Nelson is Missing Miss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. More Miss Nelson Books
My Kindergarten Miss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.
My Teacher The Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.
My Teacher is a Monster Mr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.
Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever Mrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?
You Are My Wonders The Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.
Substitute Creature Mr. Creacher in Substitute Creature – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.
Teach Us Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”
The Teacher From the Black Lagoon Mrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green. More Black Lagoon Books
Thank You Mr Falker Mr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Read Right Now! FARM

Farmer DuckPoor Farmer Duck! He is wiped out from having to do all the work for a lazy farmer. No need to worry, the farmyard animals have the duck’s back and come up with a plan to rescue him from his endless chores and to teach that farmer a lesson! Loyalty is sweet! This story is a funny rural twist on the old favorite, The Little Red Hen.

Listed below are online activities and even MORE farm books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL library card.

FREE Online eBooks:

MaisyMorningFresh From the FarmFarm Tractors at Work

More FREE Online Reading:


Printables, Crafts & More:

Farm TracerH Horse TracerI Love the Farm Mini Bookfarm_animal_booklet_handwriting

eBooks:

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BooCowChickenBigChicksStepCluckyHenCowsCakeFarmDogHurryHurryLlamaLambMooMooOldMacEmberJollyBarnyardLittleLambToughChicksSilverstreetFarm

eAudiobooks:

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Thump Quack MooGiggleQuackTroubleChickens

Printed Books:

Amelia Bedelia's First Field TripAn Edible AlphabetBiscuit's Day at the FarmFarm AnimalsFarmFarms Around the WorldGoing to a FarmOld Macdonald Had Her FarmOn the Farm at the MarketOtisOur FarmShapes on the Farm

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Belly Laughs – Laugh Out Loud Food Stories for Kids

Little Pea Little Pea whines and complains about the candy his Mom serves…he wants something tasty…like spinach! In Gregory the Terrible Eater, Gregory the Goat’s Mom is worried because he won’t eat what’s good for him. Gregory wants fruit or vegetables. Gregory’s Mom wants him try a little shoelace, or just a bite of tin can. She wants him to be reasonable and eat a little trash! Silliness takes center stage in these stories that make food the star of the show.


eBooks:

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Vegetables in UnderwearCloudy with a Chance of MeatballsDragons Love TacosFruits in Suits

eVideos:

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Arnie the DoughnutPickles to PittsburghThe Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog

Books:

I Will Chomp You!Lady Pancake and Sir French ToastStop That PickleVeggies with Wedgies

Read Right Now! Pizza

The lunchtime crowd is at Peg’s Pizza Place. Peg and Cat are eager to take orders until they are stumped when some of their customers want a whole pizza, and others only want half a pizza. As more customers order, watch Peg and Cat get the hang of fractions and make sure there is enough pizza for everyone! It turns out dividing things up can be easy, it’s all in how you slice it! Watch while the authors, Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson, share their story, Pet + Cat: the Pizza Problem.

Have fun together reading these free eBooks & online activities about pizza. Listed below are even MORE eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL library card.

More FREE Online Reading:


Printables, Crafts & More:

Make a Pizza Coloring SheetPizza Letter TracerP is for Pizza Letter TracerSesame Street Pizza Math

eBooks:

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A Pizza for SamCaillou Makes a MealCurious George and the PizzaThe Pizza MonsterCurious George and the Pizza PartyPizza at Sally's

eVideos:

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Books:

The Deep Dish on PizzaScooby Doo the Pizza Place GhostThe 100th CustomerDragon PizzeriaPizza en PienzaThe Princess and the PizzaThe Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaPizzaThe Pizza Delivery MysteryLorenzo the Pizza Loving LobsterSo You Want to Grow a Pizza

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Get Growing! Garden to Table for Kids

Grow Your Own Sandwich shows you how to plant and care for tomatoes so you can make a delicious cheese and tomato sandwich. Making a connection between gardening and food is an important skill for small children. Where does food come from BEFORE it is in the grocery store? Below are several books and activities that will help you start a conversation around the dinner table about food. We can help you get started learning about where food comes from by reading these free eBooks & online activities about gardens and food. Listed below are even MORE books – eBooks and printed books you can check out with your indyPL Library card.

FREE eBooks:

What Colors Do You Eat?Where Do They Grow?Fresh From the Farm

Printables, Crafts & More:

 


eBooks:

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Curious George from Farm to TableApple Trees to Cider PleaseA Green Green GardenLola Plants a GardenPooh's Secret GardenRainbow Stew

Books:

Farmer Will AllenGrow Your Own LettuceGrow Your Own PotatoesGrow Your Own TomatoesGrow Your Own SoupHow Did This Get In My Lunchbox?So You Want to Grow a PizzaSo You Want to Grow a SaladSo You Want to Grow a TacoWhere Does My Garden Grow?Community Soup