Esme Raji Codell

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General Information

Name: Esme Raji Codell

Pen Name: None

Born: 1968 in Chicago



Illinois Connection

Codell lives in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Esmé Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. She worked at a children's bookstore, selling books, storytelling and organizing programs that would attract people to the stores. She began teaching after graduating form Northeastern Illinois University. In 2003 she turned to writing fiction. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website.

Published Works

  • Educating Esme, A Diary of a Teacher`s First Year, Algonquin Books, 1999
  • How to Get Your Child to Love Reading: For Ravenous and Reluctant Readers, Algonquin Books, 2003
  • Sahara Special, Hyperion Books, 2004
  • Diary of a Fairy Godmother, Hyperion Books, 2005
  • Hanukkah, Schmanukkah, Hyperion Books, 2005
  • Vive La Paris, Hyperion Books, 2006
  • Sing a Song of Tuna Fish, Hyperion Books, 2006
  • Fairly Fairy Tales, Aladdin, 2011
  • The Basket Ball, Abrams Books for Children, 2011
  • Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman, Greenwillow Books, 2012
  • It's Time for Preschool!, Greenwillow Books, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

ISBN: 1565122798
Release Date: 2001-06-01

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How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

ISBN: 1565123085
Release Date: 2003-06-06

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Sahara Special

ISBN: 0439653703
Release Date: 2004

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Diary of a Fairy Godmother

ISBN: 0786809663
Release Date: 2006-09-01

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Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!

ISBN: 0786851791
Release Date: 2005-09-01

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Fairly Fairy Tales

ISBN: 1416990860
Release Date: 2011-01-04

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The Basket Ball

ISBN: 1419700073
Release Date: 2011-09-01

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Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman

ISBN: 0061455156
Release Date: 2012-08-21

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It's Time for Preschool!

ISBN: 0061455180
Release Date: 2012-07-03

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Literary Awards

Fairly Fairy Tales, 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Esme Raji Codell on WorldCat

Esme Raji Codell on Amazon


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