World Teachers’ Day (convened by UNICEF, Education International, and the International Labour Organization) is coming up on October 5, and teachers are working incredibly hard, as usual. You’re probably working very hard, too, so I’m going to suggest a quick and easy way to thank your kids’ teachers–buy them a book! Cute handmade gifts are lovely, but there’s only so much shelf space, y’know? If you give a teacher a book for their classroom, your fabulous gift will spread and touch many lives.
Maybe your teacher has a book wish list you can shop from. (Teachers, feel free to share this post along with a link to your own #clearthelist or #teacherwishlist.) Or just get a small gift card to your local independent bookshop, if you have one. I’m not saying it has to be one of my books (though I’d be honored if it was:>) I’m just saying a good book would be a gift to the teacher and to all of the teacher’s students, too.
Here’s a poem from my poetry book for teachers. Teachers try to give your kids the world every day at school. And I hope you know that if you don’t have the funds for a book, a heartfelt note of thanks will be so much appreciated by any teacher, too!
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]