Esme Raji Codell

Esmé Raji Codell is the author of Hanukkah, Shmanukkah!, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, Diary of a Fairy Godmother, with illustrations by Drazen Kozjan a memoir for young readers, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: Hard-to-Swallow Stories from Fifth Grade, and the IRA Children’s Book Award winner, Sahara Special. Her first book was the memoir Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, and her most recent book for adults is How To Get Your Child to Love Reading.  She has worked as a children’s bookseller, teacher, and school librarian, and now runs the popular children’s literature Web site, and literary salon, The Planet Esmé Bookroom. Esmé lives in Chicago with her husband and son.  
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