I was chatting with a teacher friend recently and shared my belief that teachers are uniquely qualified to write kids’ books.
She asked why that was, so I rattled off a list of things that make educators so perfect for the task. She stopped me mid-sentence and said “You should write this list up and share it with teachers. They need to know this stuff!”
So, I’m taking her advice. Here are the 22 Reasons Why Teachers Should Write Children’s Books:
1. Teachers have a vast storehouse of knowledge, experiences and stories that translate to book ideas.
2. Teachers have spent a career creating emotional connections with young people. That’s a key aspect of writing for children, and teachers know just how to do it.
3. Teachers love children and want the best for them.
4. Teachers empathize with kids. They understand children, from their speech patterns and what they find funny, to their fears, joys and unique outlook on the world.
5. Teachers want every child to blossom and lead fuller lives.
6. Teachers have a storehouse of great character ideas, thanks to the unique children they’ve come to know.
7. Teachers know that having a creative outlet of their own will provide energy and a deeper connection with students.
8. Teachers see needs for curriculum that aren’t being met, and can write directly to them.
9. Teachers are well read. They know what makes a book great.
10. Teachers are highly familiar with reading and vocabulary levels.
11. Teachers know that every story has a problem and resolution, and they have a memory bank filled with problems, and the solutions that worked.
12. Teachers understand that children learn best through stories.
13. Teachers embrace process and always seek clarity.
14. Teachers encourage persistence in their students and have developed it in themselves.
15. Teachers know that kids hate being patronized and condescended to.
16. Teachers are organized and know how to condense information and ideas to be easily absorbed.
17. Teachers have great resources, including fellow teachers, school librarians and, of course, students.
18. Teachers have summers to explore and learn, and they deserve an outlet for that discovery.
19. Teachers have limited time, and are looking to squeeze the most meaning out of their precious free moments.
20. Teachers are seeking ways to keep impacting kids’ lives even after they retire.
21. Teachers want to set examples for their students about having dreams and going for them.
22. Teachers often have a voice inside them telling them to write that book. It’s time to listen.
I’m pretty sure this only scratches the surface, so feel free to add your own reasons. Use the comment section to tell us why educators make wonderful children’s writers!
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