Books by Esmé Raji Codell

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sweet. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A simple introduction to an American legend turns up inspiration for making the world a better place. Read full book review >
IT'S TIME FOR PRESCHOOL! by Esmé Raji Codell
Released: July 1, 2012

"While this introduction may help a few pre-preschoolers, there are better options out there. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Codell walks children step by step through the sights, sounds and activities of preschool. Read full book review >
THE BASKET BALL by Esmé Raji Codell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Girl power on the b-ball court.

Lulu is what you might call a girly-girl. Read full book review >

FAIRLY FAIRY TALES by Esmé Raji Codell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

Busy illustrations, humorously fractured fairy tales and a simple pattern that encourages audience participation ensure that this will see repeat readings. Read full book review >
VIVE LA PARIS by Esmé Raji Codell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Fifth-grader Paris McCray is a self-described polite person who tries to improve her vocabulary and makes lists of many kinds. Read full book review >

HANUKKAH, SHMANUKKAH! by Esmé Raji Codell
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Codell borrows the plot of A Christmas Carol for this version set in the tenements and factories of New York City in the early 20th century. Read full book review >

DIARY OF A FAIRY GODMOTHER by Esmé Raji Codell
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2005

Hunky Dory is at the top of her class at charm school, destined to be the "wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow." Read full book review >

SAHARA SPECIAL by Esmé Raji Codell
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

Sahara Jones really is Sahara Special. Read full book review >

EDUCATING ESMê by Esmé Raji Codell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1999

A spirited account of a gifted teacher's first year in an inner-city fifth-grade classroom. Read full book review >