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5 Diverse Children’s Picture Books for World Teachers' Day

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Looking for the perfect gift for teachers (and substitute teachers) for World Teachers' Day? Look no further! A great book that makes our teachers feel special and appreciated is a gift that keeps on giving!

World Teachers' Day is held in the U.S. every year on October 5. Launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1994, World Teachers' Day is a national event to celebrate and honor the teachers who make a difference in our lives and throughout our lives even during a pandemic. One way to show the teachers in your life or your children's lives that they matter is with a thankful and thoughtful book.

I scraped the internet to find a specific kind of children's picture book that celebrates teachers and includes themes subtle or evident of diversity and inclusion. While there are plenty of children's picture books that celebrate teachers, there are unfortunately only a few diverse books that celebrate teachers. Here is a list of the 5 (and possibly only 😕) diverse children’s picture books that celebrate teachers in no rank order. All books are available on Amazon.

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson

A moving story of how teachers' support and leadership help students go from fearful to courageous.

All Are Welcome

by Alexandra Penfold

A beautifully simple story of how teachers play an important role in promoting acceptance and inclusion among diverse little ones.

Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher

by Juanita Havill

A thoughtful story of how even substitute teachers impact students' lives and help them learn important life lessons.

Don’t Say Ain’t

By Irene Smalls (out of print, but used copies available)

A warming story of how teachers have always helped students face and overcome difficult, challenging times, like school integration in the 1950s.

Andrew Learns about Teachers

by Tiffany Obeng

An inspiring story to motivate the youngest readers to not only admire teachers, but also aspire to become teachers, all while honoring teachers for their impact on our lives and the world.

Have you read any of these books? Have any books to recommend? Let me know in the comments.

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