‘The Big Activity Book for Teacher People’ is $18 on Amazon

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The laugh-out loud funny “Big Activity Book for Teacher People” might just get them through till summer (Photo: Amazon)

The past two years have schooled me on true value of teachers. What a wild ride they’ve had — a mystery virus, the sudden shift to virtual, the shaky return to in-person classes, teaching through masks, the infection-uptick shutdowns, pivoting and pivoting until vertigo hits. And yet these mighty heroes have lifted our children above it all.

It’s over tough. So tough, in fact, that I quit teaching myself when my school shifted back to in-person in the fall of 2020, pre-vax. I’m in awe of those who persevered. And I’m especially in awe of the teachers at my child’s school who never wavered after their school building was destroyed in a fire one devastating night this past February. (No one was hurt…physically, at least.)

To thank all the teachers we know, I’ve been doling out some comedic catharsis: the brand-new Big Activity Book for Teacher People (TarcherPerigee) by Jordan Reid and Jacqueline Ann May. Part scream journal, part coloring book, part meditation, and all hilariously therapeutic, this book is exactly what I would’ve wanted. Compassionate comic relief for just 18 bucks on Amazon.

$18 at Amazon

Coloring pages of teacher in a crazy supply closet and funny things teachers eat.

A sneak peek at some coloring pages. (There are many other types of activities inside!) (Photos: Amazon)

Each of the 133 fun pages feels like a mini therapy sesh with your funniest friend. There’s the teacher appreciation week mad-lib, the all-too relatable “Things you never thought you’d say out loud” roundup and exercises like “Draw the haircut of your off-duty dreams.”

The playful yet earnest “Mental Health Check-in” checklist weaves in coping strategies so deftly that the reader won’t even notice they are getting help. A coloring page of “Things you do not want to receive from a parent — like ever” includes a regifted candle, an apple mug, and other over-gifted items but leaves dedicated space for reflections on a meaningful gift they’ve gotten.(This book is sure to earn a mention.)

Coauthors Reid (the Big Activity Books for the anxious, the pregnant, the divorced, et al) and May (There’s No Manual: Honest and Gory Wisdom About Having a Baby) are a perfect pairing for this profoundly funny, badass activity book. They really get teachers.

Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer, teachers and coauthors of Taking the Stress out of Homework, wrote of this activity book: “It’s official! Schools should scrap professional development workshops this year and just hand out copies of The Big Activity Book for Teacher People instead. Let teachers laugh and cry and color! We’re so tired! Please just let us color!”

And an art teacher who received it as a gift wrote in their five-star review: “I laughed through the entire book!”

So don’t wait for an occasion. Just give this to every educator you know. Current and retired teachers, student teachers, principals, subs and beyond. My 8-year-old, who has been discussing her plans to open a school since she could talk, is even begging for her own copy.

And if you are a teacher, please know: We appreciate you!

$18 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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