Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Teacher's Books Wish List for Christmas

This is just a list of books I wish to receive or get this Christmas. Well, they don't have to arrive all at the same time. They can keep on coming the entire year!
A Teacher's Books Wishlist This Christmas Season

1. William's Doll is a 1972 children's book by Charlotte Zolotow. According to Wikipedia, " about a boy who wants a doll even though dolls typically are considered a toy only for girls. His father, uncomfortable with William's request, tries giving William toys the father considers more gender-appropriate, such as a basketball and a train set; while William enjoys these toys, he continues to ask for a doll. Eventually, the boy's grandmother fulfills the request, explaining to the father that William will use the doll to practice being a good father.

Zolotow has explained that although she is a feminist and appreciates that many feminists enjoyed the book's message, her inspiration was more from personal observations about her husband's early attempts to bond with the couple's son, Stephen, and about how men of the time period missed out on some of the pleasures of being closely involved with their children's development.  The book often is used in the United States for lessons on gender roles, stereotypes, or general anti-bias education"

2. Oliver Button is a Sissy was first published in 1979. It is a story based on the author's experience (Tomie dePaola) when he was a child. About.Com describes the book as "the story of a boy who stands up to bullies, not by fighting, but by staying true to himself. The story, based on the childhood experiences of Tomie dePaola, is a simple one. Oliver Button doesn’t like sports like the other boys do. He likes to read, draw pictures, dress up in costumes, and sing and dance. Even his father calls him a "sissy" and tells him to play ball. But Oliver isn’t good at sports and he isn’t interested."

3. From author, teacher and father Rick Riordan. Writing a children's series is actually a bucket list. Wikipedia describes the Percy Jackson series where "The conception behind the Percy Jackson books and its eponymous protagonist were inspired by Riordan's son, Haley, who was dyslexic and had ADHD. The latter has stated that Percy was an important part of his childhood and he and Percy were very similar. Although Percy was very much a hero, he also had flaws and was imperfect. As stated, "He has to fight against that and at the same time fight monsters."

4. Harry Potter series - I can say that these books will turn into classics. It can even be as big as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings after a few decades. As for my family and I, the Harry Potter Series is a wish list for our home library.

The list is ongoing and expect that there will be more updates soon. Do you have any suggestions for books a teacher would love to have in her collection. Please suggest your favorite teacher books below. I would love to know them and maybe add it on my list here.


  1. Oh my! This reminds me of my laziness in reading. I mean, I also read these days but only my textbooks in SPED, Curriculum Planning, Assessment and Educational Technology!

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