“What I Learned From Mrs. Schultz” by Esme Raji Codell

August 29, 2013 • 5 Comments In honor of back-to-school season, we’re sharing this classic essay by Esme Raji Codell about the profound sense of promise a teacher can instill in a child. This piece was originally published in The Algonkian…


July 31, 2013

Lucky 7 e-books for August: Back To School

2 Comments July 31, 2013 • 2 Comments Notebooks, papers, pens — oh my! No matter how long it has been since we were in school, come August, the back-to-the-books thoughts creep into our minds. But we have a bevvy of bold and…


February 23, 2010

Mom, I’m Moving to PlanetEsme.

No Comments February 23, 2010 • No Comments Last week, Algonquin author Esmé Raji Codell was featured on the Chicago television station WCIU,  where she showed off her wonderful Bookroom–PlanetEsme. Her mission? To educate and inspire future generations of book fanatics! Seriously, this…


October 9, 2009

Esme Codell hearts Johnny Appleseed

1 Comment October 9, 2009 • 1 Comment As promised, here’s a piece from Esmé Codell, author of Educating Esmé, praising the power of the picture book biography and giving some great ideas for celebrating one of her favorite American heroes, Johnny Appleseed.…


October 8, 2009

Educating Esme — it’s back and better than ever

1 Comment October 8, 2009 • 1 Comment If you haven’t read Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, um, what are you waiting for? The book is spirited, funny, and endearing. But don’t just take my word for it! It’s been…