We’ve researched the top 10 books for teachers this Christmas, and compiled a list that will hopefully make it easier to buy the right present.
Not only does The Chocolate Library feature on the list, but we’ve also trawled other places and found some pretty good books that we think would make the perfect gift for a teacher.
THE NEW YORKER BOOK OF TEACHER CARTOONS
In a Nutshell: The illustrations in the New Yorker have reached cult status, and this book is filled with the best teacher related ones. Intelligently witty and at times thought-provoking, this book is a collection of Robert Mankoff’s best work. Best for cool male teachers of any age. They’ll appreciate the humour in here. Don’t buy if the teacher is old fashioned and limits his reading to the local paper. This book is more worldly. Product Details: Price: RRP £12.50. Author Robert Mankoff. Dimensions 21.8 x 20.1 x 1.5 cm. 118 Pages. To buy this book from CLICK HERE
THE PIANO TEACHER.
In a Nutshell: This novel tells the tale of piano teacher Claire who makes a life changing move to post-war Hong Kong. Set in 1952, this is a love story, but not of the sugary sweet variety. Compelling, well researched and a real page turner. Best for female teachers of music, especially piano teachers! The clue is in the name. Don’t buy if you’re looking for a gift for the gruff maths tutor. He may be a tad perplexed at your choice. Product Details: Price: RRP £7.99. Author Janice Y K Lee. Dimensions 20.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm. 304 Pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE
THE JACK SHEFFIELD SERIES.
In a Nutshell: Author Jack Sheffield has a cult following, having penned 12 books about the fictional village of Ragley-on-the-Forest and his teacher-ship there. Set in the 80’s, any book from the series would be a lovely gift for a teacher who likes to hark back to the ‘good old days’!. Best for older teachers, male or female. The nostalgic tone will be welcomed. Don’t buy if the teacher is more rock and roll than sausage roll. Product Details: Price: RRP from £7.99. Author Jack Sheffield. Dimensions 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm; 368 Pages. To buy a book by this author CLICK HERE
POSH PLANNER FUNKY BIRD 2012-2013 POCKET PLANNER.In a Nutshell: Teachers will appreciate this book, which is small enough to keep in a briefcase or handbag, but big enough to note down all the important dates they need to remember. What really makes this dainty diary special is the cover – beautifully designed and elegant. Best for stylish female teachers who are perhaps a little forgetful! This is a subtle way to help them remember! Don’t buy if the teacher doesn’t appreciate good design. This is a book to be proud of!. Product Details: Price: RRP £4.00. Author Andrews McMeel. Dimensions 16 x 11.2 x 0.5 cm; 208 Pages. To buy this diary, CLICK HERE. To buy this book as a Chocolate Library gift bundle CLICK HERE
IT’S YOUR TIME YOU’RE WASTING: A TEACHERS TALES OF CLASSROOM HELL.
In a Nutshell: This novel is full of black humour from aptly named real life teacher Frank Chalk, and tells the story of his time as a teacher here in Blighty. Funny, sad and shocking, this book is full of familiar tales for teachers. Best for teachers with a dry (and maybe cruel) sense of humour. Don’t buy if your teacher likes baking cupcakes and wears floral dresses. She might be a bit shocked at the honesty in this book! Product Details: Price: RRP £8.99. Author Frank Chalk. Dimensions 19.4 x 12.6 x 2 cm. 226 Pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE. To buy this book as a Chocolate Library Gift Bundle, CLICK HERE.
In a Nutshell: Teacher Man is an autobiographical glimpse into author Frank McCourt’s years as a teacher in New York, and his struggle to impart his knowledge to those less than willing to learn. A novel with grit and passion, this is a fantastic account of the struggles teachers face. Best for English teachers who will relate to the protagonist. Acclaimed author Frank McCourt has written the popular Angela’s Ashes. Don’t buy if you’re looking for a light-hearted book. This novel is gripping and gets the reader really involved. Product Details: Price: RRP £7.99. Author Frank McCourt. Dimensions 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm. 288 pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE
A WAYNE IN A MANGER
In a Nutshell: Crammed with anecdotes about school nativity plays that have went slightly awry, this book is a light-hearted look at the things which come out of the mouths of babes! With accusations that Baby Jesus isn’t actually Josephs, to jealousy when a child doesn’t get the role of Mary but that of a donkey instead, this is a hilarious book that anyone who works with kids will enjoy. Best for teachers of younger kids, primary or nursery school age. They will know exactly what the book is talking about! Don’t buy if your child’s teacher hasn’t got a funny bone. This book is sheer laughs from start to finish! Product Details: Price: RRP £7.99. Author Gervase Phinn. Dimensions 17.2 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm; 128 pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE
MOLESKINE PASSION MUSIC JOURNAL
In a Nutshell: Not strictly a book, but any teacher worth their salt will know how fantastic Moleskine journals are, and this one is perfect for a music teacher. Music quotation sheets, blank notes, stickers and tabbed sections make this book invaluable to a teacher. Bound in an embossed faux leather cover, this book can be used and treasured forever. Best for music teachers of any description. This is a really unique and thoughtful present! Don’t buy if you’re looking for a book your Gym teacher will like. She may be a little confused with this! Product Details: Price £16.00. Author Moleskine. Dimensions 20.6 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm; 240 pages. To buy this book CLICK HERE. To buy as part of a Chocolate Library Gift Bundle, CLICK HERE.