Tomorrow is the last day of school for us, and while I’m ready for summer break, it’s hard to let students go. I am saying goodbye to four 4th grade classes this year. I know that it is even harder for their classroom teachers. As a tribute to those teachers who are so amazing, I wanted to tell you about a few books that touch the heart of what our teachers mean to us all.

Every year Mrs. Spritzer prepares her room for her new packet of ‘seeds.’ She plants and nurtures them, knowing each is different: some are late bloomers, some have bright eye-catching colors, and some need extra patience and love to grow. 

Miss Maple gathers up all the orphaned seeds in the fall and cares for them through the winter. She reads to them and tucks them in snug and warm before planting them in the spring.

“Take care, my little ones, for the world is big and you are small.

I don’t own this one yet, but it’s got two great things going for it: Deborah Hopkinson wrote it and Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator. I’m sure it will bring tears to a few teachers’ eyes.

Sometimes it’s the teacher who is leaving the school. Kelly DiPucchio has given us the lovable Mrs. McBloom, who has years and years worth of mementos from her former students. It’s time to retire but no one is sure how she’ll get her room clean. As one of the best loved teachers in her town, Mrs. McBloom gets some help from all of her former students. Everyone takes a memento and when it’s all said and done, the room is clean and the whole town has celebrated their time with Mrs. McBloom.

So hug those teachers or drop by to visit from time to time to share memories. They help mold us into the people we are and teach us how to grow up strong.

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