Resources › For Educators Top Inspirational Books for Educators Share Flipboard Email Print For Educators Teaching Teaching Resources An Introduction to Teaching Tips & Strategies Policies & Discipline Community Involvement School Administration Technology in the Classroom Teaching Adult Learners Issues In Education Becoming A Teacher Assessments & Tests Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education Homeschooling By Melissa Kelly Education Expert M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Florida B.A., History, University of Florida Melissa Kelly, M.Ed., is a secondary school teacher, instructional designer, and the author of "The Everything New Teacher Book: A Survival Guide for the First Year and Beyond." our editorial process Melissa Kelly Updated March 06, 2017 Teachers inspire every day in the classroom and beyond. But what inspires educators? The following books have been hand-selected because of their inspirational impact. 01 of 06 The Courage to Teach Chris Ryan/Getty Images What is the essence of being a successful teacher? According to Parker J. Palmer, it is to be able to make connections between themselves, their students and their curriculum. Truly an inspiration, this book takes a different look at teaching by giving educators a chance to reflect on their profession and themselves. 02 of 06 Not Quite Burned Out But Crispy Around the Edges Help remind the educator in your life why they entered the 'noble profession' of teaching. This book is loaded with inspirational and humorous stories that highlight the joys and rewards of teaching without ignoring the realities of the job. 03 of 06 Extraordinary Teachers When people ask me what I do for a living, it is interesting to hear their reaction to my answer. In fact, many people pity teachers for their 'low-reward' jobs. Worse, some even blame teachers for all the ills in society. This book reveals the extraordinary effects that teachers have. 04 of 06 Teaching from the Heart Help remind the educator in your life why they entered the 'noble profession' of teaching. This book is loaded with inspirational and humorous stories that highlight the joys and rewards of teaching without ignoring the realities of the job. 05 of 06 To a Very Special Teacher Wonderful, little book that is meant to be given from a student to a teacher. However, it is much more than that. This book can truly make an educator feel like they are having a positive effect on the world around them. 06 of 06 Teacher, Here's My Heart This little book is full of beautiful illustrations and poetry, written from the perspective of the parent to the teacher. It is truly touching and inspirational.