Mommyish Gift Guide: 10 Amazing Children’s Books Your Kid’s Teacher Doesn’t Have Yet

Not sure what to get your child’s teacher? Confused on the politics of cookie-making for the entire staff versus small gifts for individual educators? For those elementary-level teachers, we have the perfect holiday gifting suggestions. It’s something that every teacher enjoys and every classroom constantly needs more of: Children’s Books!

Plenty of teachers use their own personal money to stock up on the latest and greatest children’s books. I’m pretty sure my mother has poured thousands of dollars into her classroom library, as well as books that she gifts to her students every year. After a rough survey of approximately 20 early child educators, I learned that 100% would be completely thrilled to get a nice new hardcover for the holidays.

The problem is that teachers already have massive collections of books. It can seem a little intimidating to pick out a great book that a teacher wouldn’t already own. To help out, I put together a list of the newest soon-to-be classics to hit the shelves. These awesome picture books haven’t had a chance to hit the Scholastic book order just yet.

We have a great mix of lesser-known authors and literary powerhouses, making it easy to find the perfect gift for your favorite teacher. While you’re at it, pick a second copy to keep at home. These books deserve to be in every little one’s private collection.

Black Dog

This is my favorite new book of the year! It hasn't gotten a ton of press. Your child's teacher probably hasn't even heard of it. But the pictures are intriguing and the story is heart-warming. "Black Dog" shares a lesson in bravery that every child should hear. Barnes & Noble

The Circus Ship

This funny tale is perfect to share with young kids. Its rhymes are engaging and the illustrations are fun. It's the perfect read along book to share with a class after recess. Barnes & Noble


This picture book is perfect for pre-readers. It's a story in pictures and it will help young children see that they can read more than the words of a story. This award-winning book will be a great addition to an kindergarten teacher's collection. Barnes & Noble


Using an exciting new photographic technology, this book lets children see safari animals in all their glory. It comes with fact pages about each animal and makes a great room resource. Barnes & Noble

This Moose Belongs To Me

This adorable tale from beloved author Oliver Jeffers is about a pet moose that doesn't really know he's a pet. It's sure to become a classic and teachers will be thrilled to get it before all the other classrooms. Barnes & Noble

Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story

From retired NASA astronaut and husband of Congresswoman Gabbie Giffords, Mark Kelly, this book is one of my daughter's most anticipated Christmas presents. Who doesn't want to hear about adorable animals in space? Barnes & Noble


It's a new Jan Brett book and that's all you need to know. Barnes & Noble

This Is Not My Hat

The follow-up to the award-winning I Want My Hat Back, your teacher has been pining for this book since the day it was released. It's probably what she was going to buy with her gift cards in January. Save her the trouble. Barnes & Noble

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

It seems like Beatrix Potter blasphemy. I know. But actress and award-winning writer Emma Thompson put thought, love and care into this new adventure for Peter Rabbit. Plus, it's a bit longer than most picture books, perfect for a first or second grade class to read together. Barnes & Noble

Flight of the Last Dragon

The illustrator for the Harry Potter series obviously has some stellar taste when it comes to story selection. Let's all trust Mary GrandPreBarnes & Noble
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    • Katie

      ‘m a children’s librarian and we got the new John Klassen one in last week. I laughed so hard when I read it. He is just brilliant.

    • tes

      these are great ideas but parents should know that some teachers employ a “no gift” policy. Not all kids can give gifts to their teachers and it pains them to see the sadness in those childrens’ eyes. I think it’s a better idea, personally.