It seems like the last few months have just flown by and we are now on a race to the end of the school year. As a former teacher those last few weeks edging toward summer are an incredibly special time of year, in fact I believe they are magic, there is so much energy in your classroom, the days are getting hotter and longer and the excitement for summer builds with each passing day. As a parent, this time of year is incredibly important as well, because it is a time for our family to recognize the hard work and dedication of the teachers that serve our daughter. Today, we are sharing a really special book with you all.
I have to say I am a huge fan of Kobi Yamada and his writing, my family loves his two books What Do You Do With An Idea? and What Do You Do With a Problem? They are absolutely wonderful books that belong in every single classroom and school library. Mr. Yamada has an incredible talent, in that he is able to connect with kids through his words and stories. So when I heard that a new book as coming out, that was entitled Because I Had a Teacher, well I just knew it had to be swoon worthy and guess what? It is!
Because I Had a Teacher by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Natalie Russell (Compendium Inc, 2017) is am homage to great teachers everywhere. To teachers who inspire, care, support, create spaces for learning and overall make a difference in the lives of our children on a daily basis.
This darling little book filled with heartwarming illustrations that evoke a sense of whimsy and wonder. This book could be told from the point of view of a child or an adult reminiscing about their favorite teacher. Either way, it is a perfect read for little ones as well as a touching gift for a favorite teacher or mentor.
Our favorite part of the entire book is the final line:
Because I had you, I learned to believe in me
If you are not familiar with Kobi Yamada and his other works you will need to get to your local library or bookseller, his books always cause you to think, to wonder, to appreciate and best of all to believe in yourself and your own abilities. This book does just that, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Bloggers Note: We want to thank Compendium for the use of images in this post.