Button, Lana. My Teacher’s Not Here! Christine Battuz, illustrations. Kids Can Press, 2017. $16.99. ISBN 9781771383561. Unpaged. Ages 5-7. P7 Q7
When Kitty’s teacher is not at school to greet her, she thinks about all her teacher helps her with and wonders how she will make it through the day. The substitute teacher is a ginormously tall giraffe with a deep voice. Her teacher, Miss Seabrooke, leaves the class a note, which helps Kitty feel her teacher’s wonderful smile. Kitty helps the substitute and discovers that sometimes change can be good. The examples in the story are realistic to what children go through on a normal school day with a substitute. The rhyming text picture book prepares a class for a substitute while teaching kindness, empathy and perseverance.
Verdict: Teachers and parents can use this book to prepare children for their teacher’s absence. Children will be able to relate to Kitty and realize that even though their teacher is not there, they can rely on others and they may even end up having fun.
March 2018 review by Tami Harris.