Library of Congress

National Book Festival

Esmé Raji Codell is an author, passionate teacher and “certified readiologist” who has written several books for children, young adults, parents and educators, among them “Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year.” She writes a popular blog called “The Planet Esmé Book-a-Day Blog,” in which she explores and critiques children’s literature, and she also runs a literary salon for parents and teachers. Codell’s personal philosophy: “Children’s trade literature is our best hope for equalizing education in America.” Her new book is “Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of Johnny ‘Appleseed’ Chapman” (Greenwillow Books).

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Esme Raji Codell