How to Get Your Teacher Ready (How to)

by Jean Reagan (Author) Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to
Learn how to get your teacher ready for back to school…from the first dayl to graduation! The kids are in charge in this hilarious classroom adventure--from the creators of the New York Times bestseller How to Babysit a Grandpa.

This humorous new book in the beloved HOW TO . . . series takes readers through a fun and busy school year. Written in tongue-in-cheek instructional style, a class of adorable students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready—for the first day of school, and all the events and milestones that will follow (picture day, holiday concert, the 100th day of school, field day!). And along the way, children will see that getting their teacher ready is really getting themselves ready. Filled with charming role-reversal humor, this is a playful and heartwarming celebration of teachers and students. A fun read-a-loud to prepare for first day jitters, back-to-school readiness or end of year celebrations..

The fun doesn't stop! Check out more HOW TO... picture books:

How to Babysit a Grandpa
How to Babysit a Grandma
How to Catch Santa
How to Get Your Teacher Ready
How to Raise a Mom
How to Read to a Grandma or Grandpa
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Publishers Weekly

"You are ready for the first day of school. But what about your teacher?" Having previously explored how to take care of moms, dads, and grandparents, Reagan and Wildish zip readers through a school year's worth of advice, from making sure that one's teacher is prepared for school picture day ("Remind your teacher, 'No messy snacks'") to handing her a favorite book to read when things don't go as planned. Wildish's vivid palette and cast of round-headed kids and adults emphasize the chaos and camaraderie of the classroom, and Reagan's enthusiastic narrative essentially makes school feel like one big party. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Bright Literary. (July) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--The sweetness of this book will entice readers young and old. Reagan provides guides to basic school rules, celebrations like 100 Days and class plays, and even the bittersweet moment of moving up a grade. These are meant to put kids at ease with school situations and let them know they're not alone. As the most recent edition in the "How To..." series, this book plays to adult readers, amusing parents, while giving kids a light structure for their student experience, and reflecting gently but profoundly on the special role that teachers play in their students lives. Though the flow of the book is a bit unfamiliar--definitely a "how to" rather than a narrative--it is an effective method to build empathy and appreciation for the formative day-to-day work of educators. Wildish's illustrations are soft, expressive, full of hugs and smiles and silly faces, and add to the light and upbeat tone. Missteps like a thin-lined font choice and an oddly light hand on character faces distract from but don't derail the experience. VERDICT A tender read-together for an early elementary or pre-K audience, this is a surprisingly thoughtful read for parents and teachers to share and discuss with children.--Emilia Packard, Austin, TX

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for the HOW TO . . . books:

"A new hit this year is How to Catch Santa. . . . The picture book offers lighthearted tips on how kids can steal a glimpse of Mr. Elusive, aka Santa." —USA Today (How to Catch Santa)

"Belongs on the shelf of every kid who loves a grandparent." —The Salt Lake Tribune (How to Babysit a Grandpa)

"The charm of its premise and the clear bond between the generations will have kids and grandparents giggling together." —School Library Journal (How to Babysit a Grandma)
Jean Reagan
JEAN REAGAN was born in Alabama but spent most of her childhood in Japan. She now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband. In the summers, they serve as backcountry volunteers in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. To learn more about Jean and her work, please visit

LEE WILDISH has illustrated a number of children's books, including Twosomes by Marilyn Singer on the Knopf list. To learn more about Lee and his work, please visit
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
July 04, 2017
How to
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
Library of Congress categories
Elementary schools
Human behavior
Helping behavior

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