Creating a Teacher’s Guide

studentDoes your book have a teacher’s guide?  If the publisher hasn’t created one this is something that you can pay a publicist to do or, with the right skills, you can do it yourself.  Here are a few of the things that you might include:

First things first, consider which classes your book might supplement.  If your book includes similes or metaphors, it could be used to supplement a lesson on writing or language.  Do you have characters, a plot and setting?  Then your book could enhance a lesson on the parts of fiction.  Be creative!

Next, look at your book’s topic.  A book about animals might include information on each animal depicted — where it lives, what it eats, etc.  If you’ve written a poetry collection, describe the various types of poems that you’ve included.  Is it a haiku or a tanka?  A concrete poem or an ode?  Expand on the material in your book.

Did you have to do a lot of research for your book?  Compile a list of resources that young readers might want to read.

What could young readers inspired by your book create?  Encourage them with fun writing projects, crafts, experiments and games. Remember to focus on projects that can by completed in a group vs projects that will require a lot of focused adult attention.  Don’t expect teachers to write-up their own handouts or worksheets based on your book.  Have these kinds of materials ready to print or copy.

Describe what inspired your book and something about your writing process.  You could also include photos of your work area or where you went to research your book.

A classroom guide is another chance for you to be creative.  If you aren’t sure what to include, pick up some children’s magazines and look at the materials that your readers write or draw and send in on their own.  This will give you some idea what inspired and interests them.  Think of this as another chance to enhance their reading experience and encourage them to learn, grow and express themselves.


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