What Teachers Make

What Teachers Make

In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399158544
  • 224 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • 18 and up


The right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever.

Former middle-school teacher and teachers’ advocate Taylor Mali struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make-a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali’s sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today. It’s a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America-and everyone who’s ever loved or learned from one.

What Teachers Make

What Teachers Make

Taylor Mali



 “Big, bright life lessons in a pocket-sized package…Delivers a powerfully positive message…A valentine to teachers everywhere. Mali proves himself a dedicated, caring teacher within what he considers a hobbled American education system.”

Kirkus Reviews

 “Straightforward, fast-paced, and trenchant. … [An] evocative, small book bulging with a big idea—“to remind teachers that they are dearly loved.” ”

Publishers Weekly

 “A heartfelt plea never to give up… An inspirational tribute to teaching and learning.”



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