Favorite Authors Talk About Their Favorite Teachers
Who was your favorite teacher? Six top authors talk about their favorite teachers in honor of National Teacher Day.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
National Teacher Day, part of a week-long celebration honoring teachers, is the Tuesday of the first full week in May. In honor and thanks to all teachers for the hard work they do each day, we share these videos of six authors talking about their favorite teachers.
Andrew Clements, Favorite Teacher
Andrew Clements, author of Frindle, remembers the three different teachers that supported and encouraged him in school, especially his third-grade teacher who remarked that "Andy is dependable... and contributes interesting information in class discussions."
Blue Balliett, Favorite Teacher
The celebrated author of Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3, and former teacher at the University of Chicago's Lab Schools shares stories about her favorite teacher and her very first (well-reviewed) manuscript.
Dav Pilkey, Favorite Teacher
Captain Underpants author and creator, Dav Pilkey is a perfect example of the fact that you never know which kid in your classroom might grow up to be an author. He talks about his "special" desk in the hallway, his memories of his second-grade teacher, and his patient mom.
Robert Munsch, Favorite Teacher
Picture book author Robert Munsch spends up to three years fine-tuning his stories in front of live audiences before he publishes the written versions. The storyteller shares his recollections of school, the "German nuns" who ran the classroom and the new librarian that predicted his future profession.
Nikki Grimes, Favorite Teacher
Nikki Grimes is noted for successfully conveying the black experience and creating characters with whom African American children can identify. Her books include Talkin' About Bessie and Welcome Precious. The author talks about her high school English teacher who saved her from a "crisis," and how they reconnected later in life.
Frank McCourt, Favorite Teacher
A former teacher in the NYC public school system, McCourt's memoir of his childhood in depression era Ireland won the Pulitzer Prize. The "consummate storyteller" talks about his experiences in the classroom and those teachers who changed his life.