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The Teachers I Loved Best (Hardcover)

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By Taylor Mali, Erica Root (Illustrator)
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It's not too early to start thinking about teacher gifts.....June will be here before you know it! This book has a dedicated spot for gifting. Is there a special teacher in your child's life? If so, this is the perfect gift.

— Judi M


Educator and acclaimed poet Taylor Mali honors the magic of teachers and mentors in this joyful, energetic, uplifting gift book.

Easy teachers who gave easy tests are not the teachers I loved the best....

Perfect for teacher appreciation gifts and graduation, here is an inspirational, rhyming picture book ode to the extra-special teachers we remember all those years later.

Children will love seeing themselves and their favorite teachers in scenes bursting with positivity, highlighting not just academics but sports, drama, art, music, and community. And teachers will appreciate seeing their honored profession depicted with love and gratitude.

With gorgeous and whimsical illustrations by Erica Root, here is a book that celebrates the commitment and diversity of the special people who mentor, lead, and inspire our children.

About the Author

TAYLOR MALI is a poet, an educator, a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, a TED "Best of the Web" speaker, and the author of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World and the children's book The Teachers I Loved Best. He spent nine years in the classroom and now performs and lectures for teachers around the world, helping them share a love of poetry with their students. He has performed or taught poetry in forty-two countries and in every state of the U.S. (except Wyoming!). Taylor is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. Learn more about Taylor's work at, and follow him on Twitter at @TaylorMali and on Instagram at @taylor_mali.

ERICA ROOT is a Philadelphia-based artist and designer. Learn more about her work at, and follow her on Instagram at @illustrate_this_life.

Praise For…

"The theme and the words will speak to parents and children remembering the best parts of their school experiences. . . . An ode to educators that will resonate with anyone who has had a memorable teacher."—Kirkus

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593565230
ISBN-10: 0593565231
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English