Willa’s House, David Booth’s final book, is a tribute to women teachers, the joy in life’s small moments, and to home.
In Willa’s House, author David Booth takes us on a nostalgic walk back to the quiet contentment of calmer times. Based on a true story, this heartwarming chronicle of a teacher’s life in a small Canadian town illustrates the tragedies and triumphs that centre around this one home. These events demonstrate Willa’s strong ties to family, friends, and students as well as the ways in which she makes a lasting impact on her community. With her less-than-typical trajectory, Willa shows us that there is more than one way to lead a fulfilling life.
DAVID BOOTH spent most of his career working with — and inspiring — teachers to establish best practices in helping children learn to read and write. As a classroom teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer, he delighted thousands with his energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. He travelled tirelessly delivering speeches and workshops and appeared on countless television and radio programs. He was a champion of literacy for all people — especially children — and he worked with thousands of teachers and students across Canada and around the world to share his passion for reading, writing, and communication.
An icon in the world of education, David was a deeply respected professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, where he was Professor Emeritus and Coordinator of the Pre-Service Program. David held teachers in high regard; Willa’s House was inspired by Willa Pauli, a teacher and friend he greatly admired for her steadfastness, dedication, and advocacy on behalf of her students. David used Willa’s house as his metaphor for life in a small Canadian town: while Canada is growing and changing, somehow little seems to change in small towns. Willa’s House celebrates a life well lived and shows the importance of home and place.