The Teachers I Loved Best

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Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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9.06 X 11.1 X 0.39 inches | 0.85 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

TAYLOR MALI is a poet, an educator, a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, a TED "Best of the Web" speaker, and the author of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World and the children's book The Teachers I Loved Best. He spent nine years in the classroom and now performs and lectures for teachers around the world, helping them share a love of poetry with their students. He has performed or taught poetry in forty-two countries and in every state of the U.S. (except Wyoming!). Taylor is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the nonprofit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. Learn more about Taylor's work at, and follow him on Twitter at @TaylorMali and on Instagram at @taylor_mali.

ERICA ROOT is a Philadelphia-based artist and designer. Learn more about her work at, and follow her on Instagram at @illustrate_this_life.


"The theme and the words will speak to parents and children remembering the best parts of their school experiences. . . . An ode to educators that will resonate with anyone who has had a memorable teacher." --Kirkus Reviews

"Mali crafts a love poem whose speaker fondly recalls the actions of encouraging, inspiring, and supportive educators.... [an] affectionate celebration of those reaching the profession's ideals." --Publishers Weekly