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Great gifts for teachers

Why not give a favourite teacher some beautiful books as a token of appreciation at the end of the year?

If your child has a teacher who loves to read to their class, books which can enjoyed for many years might be the ideal thank-you gift. Here's a selection of stories and poems suitable for

Junior and Senior Infants, KS1 and Kindergarten. It was SO difficult to narrow this down as practically every book reviewed on the blog would work brilliantly in a classroom. Those listed here have an added educational dimension; they either teach children about nature, how to be kinder to themselves and others, or inspire creativity...


What if, Pig? by Linzie Hunter, Harpercollins, June 2021

An extraordinary story which helps children cope with anxiety and self-doubt Take a closer look...

Finn's Garden Friends by Rachel Lawston and Lia Visirin, Pikku Publishing, April 2021 A beautiful story that shows children how to connect with nature, even in a city, and is full of facts about wildlife. Take a closer look...


Imagine! by Patricia Forde and Elīna Braslina, Little Island Books, February 2021 This teaches children how to use their imagination to conquer their fears and is by an Irish author. Take a closer look...

Imagine! by Patricia Forde and Elína Braslina, Little Island Books

Meet the Oceans by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin, Bloomsbury, March 2021 With a lively rhyming text and striking illustrations, this is an entertaining way to teach children about marine life (see also Meet the Planets by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin). Take a closer look...

Meet the Oceans by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin, Bloomsbury

Dee the Bee by Dolores Keaveney, Starfish Bay Publishing, September 2020

By an Irish author-illustrator, this celebrates bees and is a memorable and child-friendly explanation of pollination. Take a closer look...

Cover of Dee the Bee by Dolores Keaveney Starfish Bay Publishing

The Spots and the Dots by Helen Baugh and Marion Deuchars

A powerful parable about prejudice, this stresses the importance of not judging others based on their looks or perceived differences. Take a closer look...


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, selected by Fiona Waters and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, Nosy Crow, September 2020

A magnificent collection of 366 animal poems - one for each day of the year (including leap years). Take a closer look...

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival, Bloomsbury, July 2020 This demonstrates the importance of being yourself, and being inclusive and accepting of others (see also Today I'm Strong by Nadia Hussein and Ella Bailey). Take a closer look...


Find more reviews of books exploring challenging emotions & situations... See more books about science and nature reviewed by Picture Book Snob...


See a selection of poetry reviewed by Picture Book Snob


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