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Great teachers in children's books

The Worst Witch

This booklist celebrates books with characters who are great teachers.

  • First Term at Malory Towers

    Enid Blyton
    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

    Colin McNaughton, Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    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

    Roald Dahl, Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Puffin

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

  • The Graveyard Book

    Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Bloomsbury

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

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan
    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

    J K Rowling
    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

    Jill Murphy
    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

    Richard Curtis Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
    Puffin

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