I Know an Old Teacher

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Meet Miss Bindley—an ordinary teacher with an unusual appetite. Miss Bindley doesn’t eat the usual fare like tuna melts and meatloaf. Instead, when her stomach grumbles, it’s the class pets she has her eye—er, stomach—on. Watch out! You never know who might be next.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.7
Reading Counts! Points 1.0
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV035000, JUV019000, JUV012040
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 370
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 122676
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Anne Bowen

Anne Bowen is the author of Tooth Fairy’s First Night, which was nominated for the Nevada Young Reader’s Award, the Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and the Georgia Picture Book Award. Her book, What Do Teacher’s Do (after YOU Leave School)? was a CBC Book Award nominee and a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. She also wrote When You Visit Grandma and Grandpa, A Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and I Know An Old Teacher, which was included in the 100th anniversary edition of the Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. Anne was a teacher for thirty years. She lives in Ogden, Utah, with her husband.

Illustrator: Stephen Gammell

Stephen Gammell is the illustrator of numerous children's books, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Song and Dance Man and two Caldecott Honor books, The Relatives Came and Where the Buffaloes Begin. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife.


  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, Short-listed, 2008
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2008



“. . .this rendition features plenty of crowd-pleasing gross bits that will get kids going.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Gammell’s gleefully messy illustrations give children an original view of teachers’ private lives. His characters are full of personality, and textures seem to leap off the pages.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Gammell’s lively artwork is a colorful combination of watercolor, colored pencils, pastel, and crayon framed by a mix of font sizes and colors. Assisted by conversational responses from Miss Bindley’s students, who are spying on her, the tale progresses as tails disappear until the unlikely becomes the outrageous. . .”
School Library Journal