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In many countries, Teachers’ Day (National Teacher Day is May 9th here in the U.S.) is a special day for the appreciation of teachers, and may include celebrations to honor them for their special contributions in a particular field area, or the community in general.
Here are six well-known teachers-turned-heroes-that changed our nation and the way we look at life and some fun kids’ books to read in their honor:
Who is Jane Goodall-Jane Goodall is a primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. The Gombe chimp observation, which Jane began in 1960, is the world’s longest running continuous wildlife research project. Her work has inspired many books including this wonderful one called, I am Jane Goodall (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series from historian and author Brad Meltzer. Learn all about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee scientist. Grab your copy on Amazon and be sure and visit Brad’s site to see the other books in his Ordinary People Change the World series.
Who is Maya Angelou: Known best for her books and poems, Maya Angelou was actually taught at a number of colleges, including the University of Kansas, Wichita State University and California State University of Sacramento. For over 20 years though, she’s remained a professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Who is Anne Sullivan: Anne Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. A gifted teacher, Anne Sullivan is best known for her work with Helen Keller, a blind and deaf child she taught to communicate. To honor the determined teacher, Annie Sullivan, I created a Helen and Annie booklist. It is because of Annie’s help that Helen Keller grew up to be the advocate for special needs people and a most accomplished woman of her time. Read the whole booklist review HERE and also participate in some activities to learn more about the struggles and challenges of the blind and deaf.
Who is J.K. Rowling: The Harry Potter author worked as an English teacher in Portugal as she plotted out the early adventures of her young wizards.
Who is Henry David Thoreau: He was an American poet, author, teacher, surveyor, historian, philosopher and leading transcendentalist. He is better known for his book Walden, about simple living in natural surroundings. His articles, essays, journals and poetry total over 20 volumes. In 1845 in Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau built a cabin in the woods and lived there alone for two years while he examined the world around him. Read my review of If You Spent the Day with Thoreau At Walden Pond by Robert Buleigh HERE.
Who is Albert Einstein:He was a theoretical physicist and his contribution to the physics is known from the special and general theories of relativity, the founding of relativistic cosmology, the first post-Newtonian expansion, explaining the perihelion advance of Mercury and others. He is best known for his theories of special relativity and general relativity. In 1921, he received Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to Theoretical Physics and his discovery of law of photoelectric effect.
Read my full review of On a Beam of Light here.
A Lesser Known Teacher Hero
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.
This teacher-hero was not a celebrity…but a hero nonetheless. Author Patricia Polacco is not only one of America’s most loved children’s book creators, she one of MY favorite authors as well. I’ve review her books here and here on JIAB and her work never disappoints.
But once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha’s dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.
This inspiring story is available in a deluxe slipcased edition, complete with a personal letter to readers from Patricia Polacco herself. Thank You, Mr. Falker will make a beautiful gift for the special child who needs encouragement&150or any special teacher who has made a difference in the child’s life.
Grab your copy Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco on Amazon
Something to Do for the Teacher in your Life
Little Passports has some sweet teacher appreciation gift ideas on their website. I think this mason jar gift is so creative!
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Ascension by Hannah Rials
Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F
The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B