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Published on 06.07.20 in General & Book Chorus

Book Chorus: Teacher Tom

Welcome to our monthly Book Chorus - singing out about outdoor-related books and their inspirational authors.

Today we're singing out about Teacher Tom!

We started selling Teacher Tom’s First Book back in April 2017. Now we are excited to announce that we have Teacher Tom’s Second Book in stock!

Teacher Tom's 2 books, lying on the grass

Discount on Teacher Tom's books (DISCOUNT NOW CLOSED)

Both books are now on sale - reduced from £20.99 each to sale price £19.50 each (no VAT)

Available in the Muddy Faces shop

man in a white lycra top and red cape, with blond hair, glasses and beard, with hans on hips, smiling at the camera

Singing out about Teacher Tom

“Teacher Tom is one of those rare beings who is able to really see and hear children for being the very ones that they are.”

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych., author of Discipline Without Damage & Parenting Right from the Start

Tom "Teacher Tom" Hobson is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist, and author. He is best known, however, for his namesake "Teacher Tom's Blog," where he has posted daily since 2009, chronicling the life and times of his little preschool in the rain-soaked Pacific Northwest corner of the United States.

For the better part of the past two decades, Teacher Tom has been the sole employee of the Woodland Park Cooperative School, a parent-owned and operated school, knit together by Teacher Tom's democratic, progressive play-based pedagogy. The children come to the school as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as "sophisticated" 6-year-olds ready for the larger world.

Teacher Tom came into teaching through the backdoor, so to speak, having enrolled his own child in a cooperative preschool, where he began working daily in his daughter's classroom as an assistant teacher under the tutelage of veteran teachers, although he'll be the first to tell you that most of what he learned came from the children themselves. When it was time for his daughter to move on, he "stayed behind," where he plans to remain for the rest of his life.

Tom is a sought-after public speaker, having travelled the globe from the US and Canada to Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe.

For more information about Teacher Tom:

  • check him out on Facebook (79,000 followers)
  • take a browse through his Blog here
cover of Teacher Tom's 2nd book

Singing out about Teacher Tom's new book

Teacher Tom’s Second Book

Picking up where Teacher Tom’s First Book left off, Teacher Tom’s Second Book is an insightful, sometimes breathtakingly eye-opening look into the relationship between young children, learning, and the adults and institutions in their lives.

Teacher Tom’s ability to find great truth in small moments, coupled with his passionate defence of the rights of children and his critique of common practice, comes together to reveal a loving, child-centred world, one in which children are free to learn and grow, unencumbered by the dogma and nonsense of our culture’s ever narrowing view of childhood.

Teacher Tom’s Second Book is available from the Muddy Faces Bookshop

cover of Teacher Tom's first book

Book review: Teacher Tom's First Book

“Tom’s book is soul food for educators. It helps keep our focus on children—their needs, rights and ensuring their voices can be heard loud and clear - be that from the top of a slide or whispering in a homemade den.”

Juliet Robertson, author of Dirty Teaching, Scotland

Teacher Tom’s First book is available from the Muddy Faces Bookshop


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