Esmé Raji Codell





Esmé Raji Codell


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Esme Raji Codell is the recipient of a prestigious James Patterson Pageturner Award for spreading the excitement of books in an effective and original way. She has been a keynote speaker for the International Reading Association and the American Library Association, a “virtual” keynote for the National Education Association’s “Stay Afloat!” online conference for first-year teachers, and a featured speaker at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has appeared on CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, C-SPAN, and NPR, among other media outlets across the country. The author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, as well as five award-winning books for children, Esmé runs the popular children’s literature Web site and the unique literary salon ...more

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It's that time of year, coming up on Johnny Appleseed's birthday, September 26th!  In honor of my favorite historical figure, I wrote a biographical picture book a few years back, SEED BY SEED: THE LEGEND AND LEGACY OF JOHN "APPLESEED" CHAPMAN, illustrated by the talented and award-winning Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books).  I wrote about it here.


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Average rating: 3.92 · 10,591 ratings · 1,421 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
Educating Esmé: Diary of a ...

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Sahara Special

3.97 avg rating — 2,859 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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Diary of a Fairy Godmother

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How to Get Your Child to Lo...

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Fairly Fairy Tales

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Vive La Paris

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It's Time for Preschool!

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The Basket Ball

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“The difference between a beginning teacher and an experienced one is that the beginning teacher asks, "How am I doing?" and the experienced teacher asks, How are the children doing?”
Esmé Raji Codell

“It's not our job to be liked(teachers)", I reminded her. "Its our job to help them be smart(students)". Secretly, I thought, who gives a rat's ass if they like us? Sometimes I can hardly stand them!”
Esmé Raji Codell

“So much of teaching is sharing. Learning results in sharing, sharing results in change, change is learning. The only other job with so much sharing is parenting. That's probably why the two are so often confused.”
Esmé Raji Codell, Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

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