A good friend of mine, Toi Thomas, has written and published a few children's books. When she finished them, it seems that she decided that instead of spotlighting herself and her books, she wanted to spotlight teachers.
When she told me that, I wanted to be part of it. It isn't because I teach that I appreciate what she's doing; it is because I wouldn't be who I am without the amazing teachers that have been concentric to the person I've become. I had support systems that seemed invisible, but they were there and I know I can never do enough to thank them for that. Since I can't, I want to draw your attention to your teachers and all of the amazing things they do for your and/or your children. Teachers are not an endless resource and we must work to cherish the ones we have. Here's what teachers have done for me and I would love to hear what they've done for you in the comments:
Did a teacher ever introduce you to a book; which one(s)?
I've had a lot of teachers (thankfully) recommend books to me. One that I remember in particular was in middle school: White Fang by Jack London. It is still one of my favorites.
What was your favorite book(s) as a kid?
I've had so many favorites over time. Books have touched me in so many ways and changed how I look at the world around me. One of my odd-ball favorites was Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I've read it at least a dozen times because I cannot help but admire the main character, Scarlett O'Hara, for her realistic heroism. She never fit the hero archetype, but she was one just the same.
Who was your favorite teacher at any point in your youth; why?
Again, so many! One that sticks with me is Mrs. Anderson. She taught my high school Journalism classes and let me come in during the summer to use the computer there to write my first "novel". I never finished the book because I just wasn't sure. I guess I wasn't ready. At least I can't say I wasn't supported, though!
What popular book have you never read and or faked reading?
The Hobbit. I know, I know. I hang my head in shame.
Did you ever do any creative projects in school based on a book; what?
I honestly don't remember. I rebelled against a lot of the literature we read because I never understood what was underneath characters I considered vapid or idiotic to see what they really were.
What book(s) has had the greatest influence in your adult life?
I would say either Pen on Fire or On Writing. Both are about writing and the life of a writer. Without them, I don't think I would have ever considered myself good enough to call myself an author.
What words or advice from a teacher has had the greatest influence in your adult life?
I don't know that there were specific words so much as general intent. My high school teachers honored me with an award for trying to write my first novel. They told me what an amazing thing it was and encouraged me to write at any time I could. I honestly didn't even know that any of them saw me doing it except for my Journalism teacher. It was a shock that they were all there quietly cheering me on!
What book have you read as an adult that you wish you’d read as a child or teen?
The Chronicles of Narnia. I would also say that I wish Harry Potter books had been around when I was younger.
If you were a teacher, what book would you recommend to a student and why?
Ha! I recommend books to my students all the time! I can't say one because I try to discuss interests and help students find books they will love and that will have an impact on them. I will say, for my fantasy kids, I often recommend The Sin-Eater's Daughter. Excellent novel.
What would you write about or have you written about in a children’s book?
I have. I wrote it during a class as part of a project. I created a children's book based off the Celtic myth about the Brown Bull of Cooley. I illustrated it as well. Mythology has so many interesting takes on the world.
This blog tour and giveaway is sponsored by Toi Thomas. Toi Thomas is a teacher and author who wants to support other teachers. Please consider buying one of her books and or entering her giveaway to support a teacher of your choice. BUY BOOKS HERE and or ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE.