How many of us have read some Books with Teachers as Main Characters? I don’t think many of us have.
A writer gives precise attention to all the elements while writing a book. There are five elements to a story: Setting, Plot, Conflict, Theme and Characters. And, a great combination of these makes a perfect story.
If you recall, in the books you have read till now, there must be something that you will still remember clearly. It could be the heart-touching plot or even some characters.
Let us take Pride and Prejudice as an example. If we ask you, what is the first thing you remember from the book? What will be your answer?
For us, it would be Mr. Darcy. The aloof romantic hero of the novel had caught the heart of many female readers around the world. And till now, he is remembered as a legendary character from Jane Austen’s book.
So, you understood what we are trying to say, right?
No matter how long has it been since you last read a book, you will always remember the thing that caught your attention or had an impact on you.
Today, we will talk about books having a specific type of character. Yes, we are going to list down some books for you that have teachers as their main protagonists. When the characters seem to have a common profession, then the readers can relate to them even more.
Do not think that these books will be boring. Give these books a try, and we bet that you will get hooked to them.
Let us begin the list!
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– by E. R. Braithwaite
To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite — “It was like a disease, and these children whom I loved without caring about their skins or their backgrounds, they were tainted with the hateful virus which attacked their vision, distorting everything that was not white or English.”
This book is an autobiographical novel. Braithwaite had only a few job opportunities. Why? Because he was a black man. And racial discrimination was not covert at that time. He could get no high positions, and the only thing he could do was become a teacher. The author talks about his personal experience of teaching some unruly white teenagers. The book shows how a relationship of hatred changes to one of understanding. How rebellious students slowly change for the better. The heartwarming part of this story is how a bond of love, trust and respect ensues between Brathwaite and the students. To sum the whole book in a few sentences: It is about a dedicated teacher who slowly breaks away the barriers of racial prejudice and creates his self-respect.
– by Meg Gray
The Teacher by Meg Gray — A beautiful story that will show you that teachers are not only for classrooms, they can also guide you in your lives sometimes. The story mainly revolves around three characters. Marcus Lewis and his son Brayden, and Brayden’s kindergarten teacher Emma Hewitt. What lies ahead of them is complex but how they deal with it is charming and emotional. Marcus, a lawyer by profession and a single parent tries his best to avoid every message from his son’s kindergarten teacher. But, on the other hand, Emma is on the full lookout to help Brayden. How will the two come closer and become each other’s lovers? And, how do they solve all their problems together? This book is a sure ride of emotions, understanding, love and forgiveness.
– by R. F. Delderfield
To Serve Them All My Days by R. F. Delderfield — A book that talks about the life of people in Britain during the interwar period. In particular, the book revolves around David Powlett- Jones who suffered from severe shell shock. He is sent by his doctor to be a history teacher at Bamfylde School. What the story tries to portray is how David adapts to a new life and leaves behind the trauma he went through. In the end, he gradually realizes that he has become a part of the Bamfylde school. This book accounts for a collection of David’s experiences against the difficulties of war and the social changes too. The story effectively shows virtues like duty, tradition, love, education and friendship. If you are going for this book, then we advise you to keep some tissues handy, as the story will strike your emotional chords.
– by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee — This one is a children’s book. If parents are wondering what book to read out to their kids, then this is a perfect pick. With the right amount of humor, illustrations and a good storyline, the children will love it. The book shows children that teachers are not bad like they all imagine and it helps them to get rid of the anxiety of going to school for the first time. A book that will surely make children laugh is worth including in this list.
– by Margaret Davidson, Wayne Blickenstaff
Helen Keller’s Teacher by Margaret Davidson, Wayne Blickenstaff — “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.”
This book is based on a true story. It is about a woman who dedicated herself to be an inspirational teacher and a friend to Helen Keller. This woman was known as Annie Sullivan. The book gave insight into her poor background and how she led a difficult life. But, her introduction to Helen was going to bring a big change for both of them. Who could have thought of helping a child who was blind, deaf and mute to become a professional writer? Yes, it was none other than Annie. She transformed Helen from a spoiled confused girl and helped her know her worth. So, we can say that Annie brought Helen out of darkness and silence. We found this book heartwarming and hence recommend it to you. It is a great book that needs more recognition because it’s a heartwarming story of hope and courage
– by Donna K. Weaver
Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver — A story that will take you by surprise, but in a good way. The main characters are not the usual young couple. Francie Davis is a thirty-seven-year-old woman who believes that luck is on her side when she lands a job as an administrative assistant on campus. There she meets with two professors, who both are attracted to her. One is constantly flirting while the other, Alex keeps his distance from her. Both Francie and Alex had or were suffering from difficulties in their life. Being lonely at such an age, will they find a companion in each other? Or will their children be an obstacle in their second chance at life? This is a book that focuses on hope and healing and finding a place where you could belong to.
– by Julie Coulter Bellon
Love’s Broken Road by Julie Coulter Bellon — A story about a man who lost his wife to cancer and a woman who came out from an abusive marriage. Will these two broken souls find solace and comfort in each other? Victoria Newel takes up the job of a math teacher in a town of Utah, the same high school where Drew Dalton teaches English. She acts strong for her young son but deep down she is still affected by her traumatic marriage. On the other hand, Drew is unable to move on in his life because he truly loved his wife. Will they be able to open their hearts again for each other? A must-read if you are curious to know how their story unfolds from being colleagues to who knows maybe something more.
– by Ciara Knight
Riverbend by Ciara Knight — We recommend this sweet and refreshing romance novella to everyone. The book delves into the life of Dr. Mitchum Taylor, a professor. Being a widowed man with a young son of his, he never tried dating anyone. With persistent insistence from his friends, he agrees on finding someone for him. But, turns out he only has his eyes on his devoted assistant Cynthia. What’s surprising is that Cynthia too has feelings for Mitchum, but they both could never put their feelings in words to each other. Due to this, Cynthia doubts maybe she was never seen romantically by Mitchum. So, she decides to get another job at a faraway place. Will this decision of hers make him confess his feelings towards her? Choose the book to know everything about their sweet love story.
– by Rosalind James
Just for Now by Rosalind James — Jenna McKnight, a teacher decides to change her life completely when she finds out her husband was cheating on her with another woman. In a new city and working as a nanny at Rugby star Finn Douglas’s house, she wishes if this could be her real life. Who knows the wishes could come true as well? Finn Douglas is a single dad. They might not have had the best start but their ending could be better. The book shows how they start respecting each other and gradually romance develops between them.
– by Melanie D Snitker
Calming the Storm by Melanie D Snitker — The title might give off hints like taking control over a situation or making things right? Brandon Barlow is the one who calmed the storm in Rachel Peter’s life. Faced with the difficulty of raising her niece alone and fighting for her custody, she thinks of fleeing away with her. A marriage of convenience is offered by none other than her professor, Brandon. He has always admired Rachel for a long time, but will this setup of fake marriage help him or cause more problems? What will he do once Rachel has got the custody?
Will he let her go and never confess? One thing that readers will realize is that his admiration has changed to love. And, that he will never leave Rachel alone in a storm.
– by K. L. Montgomery
Given to Fly by K. L. Montgomery — Annelise is a kindergarten teacher who, like others thought that marriage, having children and going to church was the main purpose of her life. But, what will she go through when all the things she desired would not go as planned? Her marriage was tumbling, she was unable to bear a child and she was starting to feel insecure about her. Will someone help her out through her problems and negative thoughts and make her realize her true worth? Trek, a widowed man with two children makes an entry into her life. One of his children is in the same kindergarten in which Annelise teaches. He wants her to tutor his daughter. Will the two of them get closer? Will they be able to connect? Can Annelise trust someone again? There are a lot of questions and the answers are all in the book. One thing is for sure, if they fall in love, it won’t be that easy. They will need to overcome all the struggles to stay together.
– by Debbie Burns
Head Over Paws by Debbie Burns — This is a coming of age story for Olivia Graham. She feels that her life is missing something, so she cancels her wedding to explore more. She moves to St. Louis to get a job as a teacher and along with that, she volunteers for an animal shelter as a transporter. When she is working for the operation of rescuing pets displaced by flooding, Olivia crosses her path with a veterinarian Gabe Wentworth. He is on a hiatus from a woman after a bad breakup. After their first meet, they feel that there is this irresistible attraction between them. What will happen when both of them are paired together to save an abandoned dog? Will they follow their emotions or not?
– by Jane Lovering
Christmas at the Little Village School by Jane Lovering — This book is perfect reading for the time around Christmas. The story revolves around a little village school and how both Lydia Knight and Jake Immingham deal with their task of preparing a Christmas play. Lydia fears rejection, she believes that her students accept her without any judgment and reservation. Due to this same reason, she keeps some distance from Jake. The book shows how Lydia slowly gains confidence and comes out of her shell. Also, the fact, Jake and Lydia are working together, will some spark rise between them? The award-winning author has beautifully combined warmth and humor in this story.
– by Julie Danneberg
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg — How did you feel when you knew it was your first day of school? Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared to go to a new school and start everything all over again. You will be surprised to know that Sarah is actually a teacher. The book aims to shed light on the state of mind teachers have when they start their journey. It talks about the emotions she is going through and how she deals with them. Being all tensed up and jittery, she gains some motivation from Mr. Hartwell and Mrs. Burton. This book is recommended to everyone to show that teachers too feel worried and anxious just like a student.
– by Pat Conroy
The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy — “No man or woman has the right to humiliate children, even in the sacrosanct name of education. No one has the right to beat children with leather straps, even under the sacred auspices of all school boards in the world.”
This book is based on the author’s true experience. It is a story about a man who willingly gives away one year of his life to a deserted island and its people. He takes up a teaching job at an all-black school there. But, he is soon fired as he was trying to bring joy and exposure to the wider world to the children of the island. If you ask the reason as to why? It was 1969, racial discrimination took place overtly at that time. The writer shows the vast contract between this island and the mainland. The book shows that the kids of the island need a teacher to be enlightened. To conclude this is a great memoir.
The above were the top 15 books that we would like to recommend to everyone to read. Each book has a unique story with unique and different characters.
If you are planning to read all of them one by one then that means you are up for a long ride of emotions. And at the end, you will also have some more characters added to your all-time favorite list.
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