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Great teachers in children's books

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

This booklist celebrates books with characters who are great teachers.

  • First Term at Malory Towers

    Author: Enid Blyton
    Publisher: Hachette

    We're rooting for Darrell Rivers as she starts boarding school, and learns to cope with her fiery temper and decide for herself which friends are genuine.

  • Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

    Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    An ordinary boy goes off to school and everything seems just as ordinary as ever, until a new teacher arrives in class.

  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.

  • The Graveyard Book

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts.

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Puffin

    In this leftfield comic fantasy novel, 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods of Olympus are alive and living in modern-day New York.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Author: J K Rowling
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    After the misery of life with his ghastly aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is delighted to have the chance to embark on an exciting new life at the Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.

  • The Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy
    Publisher: Puffin

    Long before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts, trainee witch Mildred Hubble embarked on life at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches...

  • It's Snow Day

    Author: Richard Curtis Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Puffin

    This must-read winter picture book is crammed with fabulously joyful and expressive illustrations and will be loved by young and old alike.