7 Fantastic Substitute Teacher Books

Inside: These substitute teacher books are perfect for any sub day!

Teacher reading book with students- Fantastic Substitute Teacher Books

Books can be a great way for substitutes to break the ice for a new group of students. They can also be a great resource for teachers to leave for their substitutes. They make a great addition to any sub plans!

And while a substitute can read any book and have a good time with the students, I think it’s fun when they can read a book about a substitute teacher. Here are some read alouds for substitute teachers that you can keep in your perfect sub tub or for your substitute teacher bag. 

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Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard

This one is a classic! I remember it from when I was in elementary school, so I had to include it. If you haven’t read it before, the book opens with a class misbehaving for their teacher, Miss Nelson. The next day, a sub named Miss Viola Swamp is there in her place… and the kids think that she is a real witch! They miss their teacher while she is away. Then… there is a fun little twist at the end of the book. This is a great one to add to the collection.

Miss Nelson Is Missing Book Review

Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Just like the last book, this one is about a class that has had behavior problems before the sub came along. But this time, the sub is actually a monster! He tells the children stories about other children who had problem behaviors and things that happened to them (for example, everything stuck to the kid who ate glue, and the kid when everything was crammed into a desk, it exploded!) We also learn that the substitute himself was one of these children until he was put under a curse.

This is a fun book with a little bit of a Halloween tie-in but can be used at any time. This book also makes the perfect companion to Miss Nelson Is Missing.

Substitute Creacher Book Review

Substitute Teacher Plans by Doug Johnson

This one is probably my favorite… because it’s just SO much fun! The teacher decided she needed a vacation. But before she left, she made a mistake! She left her vacation plans with the substitute instead of her sub plans!

The class ends up doing the activities the teacher planned for herself, and the teacher follows the list that was supposed to be for her class. It is a silly story that the students will laugh at again and again! I highly recommend this book for every classroom and for every substitute’s substitute teacher bag. (If you’re a substitute, read more about how to be a prepared substitute teacher here!)

Substitute Teacher Plans book review


The Substitute Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

In this book, the student’s teacher takes a sick day. The students are so excited to have a substitute because they think they will get to play all day (except for one hour… which will be for the party ????) But it turns out, a big monster comes in to be their substitute!

At first, the substitute seems scary. But throughout the day, they have fun joking around with him! This book is full of puns and jokes. The class ends up writing “The Great State Riddle Book by The Class from the Black Lagoon” by the end of the book. This is another fun addition to our list of substitute teacher books!

The Substitute Teacher from the Black Lagoon Book Review

Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher by Juanita Havill

This heartwarming book is about a young girl named Jamaica who adores her substitute teacher. Mrs. Duval, the substitute, is with the class for the entire week while their teacher is on vacation in Ohio. Throughout the week, Jamaica tried to do her best work to impress the substitute.

However, when it came time for their spelling test, Jamaica wasn’t ready. Her actions during the test and the following conversation with her substitute teacher mark this as a one-of-a-kind book about a student and her substitute teacher.

This book is different from the rest of the books on this list because instead of the substitute either being a monster or a goofball, the substitute is a real, genuine person. I also applaud this book for its diversity and message. This book would make a great addition to every classroom and substitute teacher’s library.

Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher Book Review

Mrs. Hughes is Missing by Sharon Jones-Scaife

Beloved teacher Mrs. Hughes takes the day off. Her students cry when they discover she is missing. Due to a mean substitute teacher, they decide they must go out and find Mrs. Hughes. They run into a series of dead ends. Join their journey to find out if they ever find their beloved Mrs. Hughes!

My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

Speaking of making the substitute teacher a monster… this IS one of those books. However, it is still a fun and engaging book for upper grades (who still enjoy a good picture book… but would think the monster premise is funny instead of scary!) The main character is a sixth-grader. This one is a chapter book as well, so it wouldn’t be a read-aloud for one day.

I could see this being a fun book for a substitute who visits the same class regularly to read with the class, though! It could also be a fun book for a long-term substitute teacher.

My Teacher is an Alien

And there you have it! I’ve linked all these books in my Amazon storefront for you! These are great options to add to your classroom library if you’re an elementary teacher OR to your substitute teacher bag if you’re a substitute!

Whether you are a classroom teacher or a substitute teacher, we have even more resources to help you be prepared for your next sub day as well! For classroom teachers, you can check out our Ready To Go Sub Plans (Pre-K through 6th Grade), our Entire Year of ELA Sub Plans (K-5), and our Editable Sub Binder (our #1 seller!) The sub plans are print-and-go, so you won’t need to worry about sub plans ever again! And the editable sub binder is organized for you, so all there is left to do is type in your information, and the substitute will have all the information they need at their fingertips!

Substitute teachers love our Substitute Teacher Resource Binder! It has an entire day of Ready To Go Sub Plans for K-6, a calendar to keep track of your sub days, behavior incentives, and more! Never be left without sub plans again! (You will also love our blog post How To Be a Prepared Substitute Teacher).

Which of these substitute teacher books will you be adding to your collection? Are there any we missed? What are YOUR favorite substitute teacher books? Sound off in the comments below!

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