The Fun of Having New Teachers and Making New Friends

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Educator Bekki House pens new book teaching children how fun a new school year can be

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When children begin new classes each year, they often wonder about what their teachers will be like and who will be in their classes. This is a theme often told humorously in many children’s books, such as the popular “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” books by Louis Sachar. Motivated by two teachers she met while student teaching, along with the pupils she’s had the opportunity to educate, Bekki House was inspired to write her new illustrated children’s book, “The Great Chocolate War” (published by Trafford Publishing). “They taught me a lot about teaching, but also showed me how fun it can be too.”

“The Great Chocolate War” is a heartwarming story about two third grade boys and the teachers who impacted their lives. Alex and his friend, Logan, are concerned about what will happen to them in the third grade, and decide to let their imaginations lead the way. Deciding to help the young students, Mrs. Sherman, their fun-loving teacher, starts “The Chocolate War,” while the kind and compassionate Mrs. Harper helps them through their worries.

In walks Mrs. Sherman. She sometimes comes in to talk to Mrs. Harper. I’ve found that I like Mrs. Sherman too. Logan was right about her. She does like to have fun with her kids. Today when she comes in, she has a great, big smile on her face, and there in her hand is a chocolate bar!

My heart is pounding. This is it. She’s come to our classroom to begin the war. Mrs. Sherman walks around the room waving her chocolate bar. None of the other kids in my class understands what this means. They think she is funny, and some of them try to steal her chocolate from her.

“Every year students are meeting new teachers, and many children have worries about what their new teacher will be like,” explains House. “This book shows teachers as kind and compassionate, and at the same time they are having fun.”

About the Author
Bekki House has earned a degree in early childhood education, and she is working on completing an additional K-12 reading license. Currently, she works as a substitute teacher. She enjoys reading children’s novels, and sharing her passion for reading with her students and her own children. House and her husband, Troy, live in a small town in central Minnesota with their three children.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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