Ms. Shaw is Cooler Than Mom


ML’s teacher is Ms. Shaw. She is way cooler than I. If ML sees her when I pick her up from afterschool, she runs to hug her. One would think ML hadn’t seen her in months instead of 3 hours. Poor Ms. Shaw is almost tackled.

This winter, I tried to read Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester to ML. Tacky is an odd bird with a horrible singing voice. I can relate. Each winter, I belt out the words to his song. The preschoolers love it. I thought ML would too. She didn’t! Luckily, she didn’t get her mom’s musical ability; the singing hurt her ears. “MOMMY STOP!” she said forcefully.

This week the library received a brand new Tacky book. Happy Birdday, Tacky! (That isn’t a spelling error) Last night was Spring Fling at her school. We closed the party down. It was too late to read books. Confession – Even librarians don’t read to their children everyday.

ML saw the Happy Birdday, Tacky! book in the new library book stack. She was excited, “Mommy, it’s Tackylocks.” Tacky has a series of funny books. Tackylocks and the Three Bears is one of them. I knew I hadn’t read Tackylocks to ML.

I admit I got a little defensive, “Who read you Tackylocks?” I wanted to be the one to promote a love of Tacky. It was her teacher Ms. Shaw. Thank you Ms. Shaw for doing what I couldn’t do. Tacky is one of my favorite characters in children’s literature. Not wanting to scare ML away from Tacky again, I’ll try to sing Happy Birdday to Tacky in a harmonious voice tonight.

Helen Lester, the creator of Tacky books has written many hilarious books. Your public library should have them. Put them on your list of must reads today.