Book List in Order: 11 titles


  • In the witty sequel to Fairly Fairy Tales, Esmé Raji Codell’s latest picture book features charming twists on the beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Could space aliens pay a visit in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Could a giraffe go to school ...


  • Hooray! It's time to go to preschool. And that means it's time for . . . Having fun Making friends Learning about the world Sharing with others Using your manners Playing games Running, jumping, and swinging Imagining and creating Snacks and...


  • Lulu prefers playing basketball to playing with dolls. So when the boys won’t let her join their school-yard team, she decides to host a Basket Ball -- where ball gowns are traded in for sequined basketball jerseys and high-top heels! Girls travel ...


  • Parents and children love to play "question" games: Would you eat spaghetti made with gummy worms? Would you wear your clothes backwards all day? Sometimes the answer is "yes" and sometimes it's "no"--but the fun is in the asking. Gifted writer and e...


  • A must-read for parents, new teachers, and classroom veterans, Educating Esmé is the exuberant diary of Esmé Raji Codell’s first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Fresh-mouthed and free-spirited, the irrepressible Madame Esmé—as she pr...


  • In this companion novel to Sahara Special, Paris gets some valuable advice, as well as delicious comfort food, from her piano teacher who helps her understand the bully in her brother's life - and the bullies of the world....


  • Old Scroogemacher was as sour as a pickle and had a tongue like horseradish. He was a tyrant to the poor workers in his waistcoat factory, and even on the last night of Hanukkah, he had the nerve to set the clocks back. What a shtunk. When his nephew...


  • Hunky Dory's mother always told her, "You'll be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow." And why not? She's at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. And she can turn any prince into a frog -- bu...






  • Like every fifth grader, Esmé Raji Codell spent her days within the small world of school, neighborhood, and family. But this small world provides rich material for the often hilarious, always engrossing stories and vignettes in this book. Esmé tel...


  • There are two files on Sahara Jones. The one the school counselor keeps is evidence that she's a fifth grader who needs special education. The other is the book Sahara is secretly writing, her Heart-Wrenching Life Story and Amazing Adventures. The...