Wednesday, 19 December 2012

13 Children's Books To Give As Teacher Gifts At Christmas!

Not sure what to get your child’s teacher this Christmas? Confused on the politics of cookie-making for the entire staff versus small gifts for individual educators? For those elementary-level teachers, the iWishfor team has the perfect holiday gifting suggestion. It’s something that every teacher enjoys and every classroom constantly needs more of: Children's Books! And iWishfor is the perfect way to save and share those great children's book ideas as gifts for the loved ones in your community including your child's teachers.

Having been an educator, educational technology specialist and administrator in my previous career, I know for a fact that all teacher's look forward to the Christmas season. One of the nice benefits of being a teacher are the wonderful signs of appreciation from the families of the children in your class. I would always look forward (though my waistline, not so much) to the plates of homemade cookies, chocolates and other treats that would be brought in with beautiful and lovingly made Christmas cards. I would also appreciate all the wonderful gifts the students would bring in. I was always appreciative of the thoughtfulness and effort taken to find a nice gift particularly when budgets are often so tight during the Christmas season.

However, after 13 years of teaching in the classroom, my cupboard of "world's best teacher" mugs, Christmas place sets and towels has threatened to spill out of my house.

Now that I have retired my teacher's hat, I would like to suggest an alternative: the gift of children's books!

Plenty of teachers use their own personal money to stock up on the latest and greatest children's books. I’m pretty sure I have gladly poured thousands of dollars into my classroom library over the years and was thrilled with seeing the joy on the student's faces as they poured through the books.

The problem is that teachers already have massive collections of children's books and, while multiple copies of children's books are great and welcome when putting together groups of books for reading groups, It can seem a little intimidating to pick out a great book that a teacher wouldn’t already own. To help out, I have put together some suggestions for great books that are unique and not likely to have been purchased already.

We have a great mix of lesser-known authors and literary powerhouses, making it easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite teacher. While you’re at it, pick a second copy to keep at home. These books deserve to be in every little one’s private collection. The great thing is that these childrens books can be treasured and remembered for years. It benefits everyone and supports the classroom. Add your families name and the year to as a dedication inside the front cover as a nice way to create lasting memories of your child's experience in the classroom.

Children's books are a great gift at any time of the year but even more so at Christmas where everyone can share in the joy of reading! We have compiled a great list of children's books below to add to your iWishfor list as great gift reminders. We have added the barcodes below it so you can easily scan them to your iWishfor list.

13 Great Children's Books As Teacher Gifts! 

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Olivia Books by Ian Falconer

Any Book by Oliver Jeffers

Any book by Mo Willems

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Flotsam by David Wiesner

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

Snow by Uri Shulevitz

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

The Day Louis Got Eaten

Milo's Hat Trick by Jon Agee

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

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