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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Taylor Mali Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why our society needs them now more than ever.

Former middle-school teacher and teachers’ advocate, Taylor Mali, struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make—a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali’s sharp, funny, reflective, and critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today. It’s a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America—and everyone who’s ever loved or learned from one.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Straightforward, fast-paced, and trenchant. An evocative, small book bulging with a big idea—to remind teachers that they are dearly loved.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With everyone debating the real value of what teachers do, here’s a heartfelt explanation. A crucial book on a crucial subject; get it for believers and doubters alike.”

    Library Journal

  • “An inspirational tribute to teaching and learning.”


  • “It’s a breezy listen, with Mali’s writing and Verner’s delivery often taking on poetic qualities.”


  • “A valentine to teachers everywhere. Big, bright life lessons in a pocket-sized package.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 2/16/2014

    " I thought it was going to be a strictly call-to-arms speech, but it turned out to be highly informative and even gave me a few good teaching ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cappy | 2/5/2014

    " In truth, most teachers have written this book in their heads or in stories told at cocktail parties, but it is refreshing to see that we're not the only ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kevin Hodgson | 1/27/2014

    " Years ago, I read the poem, watched the video (you should, too), and thought: you go, man! And that one poem turned me on to other Mali poems, which were also powerful and beautiful. So, I was excited to see that he was using that famous poem as the narrative structure of a series of essays about teachers. This book is a keeper. And when you are done ... pass it on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jenn Graham | 1/15/2014

    " This book just seems to perpetuate the myth that the joys of educating kids should be payment enough. "

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About the Author
Author Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc. and one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is the author of two books of poetry, What Learning Leaves and The Last Time as We Are, and four CDs of spoken word. He has appeared on the first two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and won the jury prize for best one-man show at the United States Comedy Arts Festival. A passionate advocate of teachers, he travels the country recruiting the next generation of teachers with his 1,000 Teachers Campaign. Taylor lives in New York.