Books by Esmé Raji Codell

SEED BY SEED 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

"Any girl who has ever been rejected from a boys' game will identify with this story, but with the growing popularity and availability of girls' sports, one hopes she won't have to go to the lengths Lulu did to find a league of her own. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Girl power on the b-ball court. Read full book review >
FAIRLY FAIRY TALES by Esmé Raji Codell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"This will certainly keep kids on their toes as they try to guess what is coming—no maybes about that. (Picture book. 4-8)"
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

"A fine tale with a strong sense of right and wrong. (Fiction. 9-12)"
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

"Dickens purists may wince, but many others will find this effort quite an acceptable way to introduce or review the history behind the holiday. (glossary, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note) (Fiction. 7-12)"
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

"Similar to Susan Cooper's The Magician's Boy (p. 118), but for a bit older audience, this volume will send readers off to other tales they know but perhaps have never read. (Fiction. 7-11)"
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

"An absolutely lovely debut for children from the author of Educating Esmé (1999). (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sahara Jones really is Sahara Special. Read full book review >
EDUCATING ESMê by Esmé Raji Codell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1999

"It deserves to be read by anyone who cares about children. (Author tour)"
A spirited account of a gifted teacher's first year in an inner-city fifth-grade classroom. Read full book review >