Tuesday, September 1, 2009

{GIVEAWAY} Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year, Expanded Edition (Paperback)


A must-read for parents, new teachers, and classroom veterans, Educating Esmé is the diary of Esmé Raji Codell’s first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Madame Esmé—as she prefers to be called—does the cha-cha during multiplication tables, roller-skates down the hallways, and puts on rousing performances with at-risk students in the library. Her diary opens a window into a real-life classroom from a teacher’s perspective. While battling bureaucrats, gang members, abusive parents, and her own insecurities, this gifted lady reveals what it takes to be an exceptional teacher.


Author Esme Codell is a nationally renowned advocate for literacy and literature-based instruction. She is dubbed “one of the nation’s most sought-after voices for empowering teachers” (People) and a “Superstar of Education” (Scholastic Instructor). Her diary, "Educating Esme", was first published in 1999. Over 200,000 copies later, the irreverent and ground-breaking book has been hailed as “the gold standard” of the first-person account (The New York Times) and declared a “pop culture phenomenon” (Publishers Weekly).

I was thrilled when we were offered a copy of The 10-year anniversary edition to review. It includes a new Foreword by Katherine Paterson, author of "Bridge to Terabithia", a brand new guide filled with Codell’s invaluable advice and practical tips for teachers and a fantastic shopping list of must-haves for a teacher’s first classroom.

I am also a teacher, just started my 9th year, and reading this book was again very meaningful to me. It's a very powerful account of a brave, wise, and oh so funny first year teacher that we all can relate to. Madame Esme published this diary to serve as a inspiration to help other teachers value their own anecdotes and start a dialogue about what works and doesn't work in education. Madame Esme brings up so many of the problems that our students face, like poverty, broken homes, lack of parental involvement, etc., and how these issues are carried over into our classroom on a daily basis. This book offers hope with tons of laughter mixed in!! She uses heart, creativity and strength to get her through her first year! Her experiences throughout this must read diary will make you laugh and cry!! I am certain that anyone in the teaching profession would benefit from reading this. We highly recommend that you read this great book!
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Since Esme has us all excited about school we have Cupcake Courier for one lucky reader!! That lucky person will get to take their cupcakes to school in style this year!!!


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183 comments:

Nancy said...

This would be a perfect book for my niece. She is doing her first sememster of student teaching right now...
I would have to read the list of items needed by a new teacher first as she graduates next December and I need a gift...

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I am a teacher and would love to read this book. It sounds like something I would like and others that I work with.

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Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I haven't read this book but it would be perfect for my sister who volunteers in a classroom.

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I would love to read this book and get a first-hand look at what a new teacher goes through, since I have three kids in public school.

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Risingsouth said...

I have not read this book but I think this book would be perfect for my sister-in-law.

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Mommy Daisy said...

I am a teacher turned stay at home mom, so I think I would appreciate the book.

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Tamara B. said...

This would be pefrect for my 13 year old daughter from since she went to kindergarten she has always said she wanted to be a school teacher.

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Anonymous said...

I haven't yet read this book, but I would like to and I intend to. I have taught for over 35 years.

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NatalieA said...

I haven't read this book. It'd be great for my sister who just graduated with a teaching degree! Thanks!
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Kelly W. said...

Haven't read the book but would love to. Then I could pass it on to friends in education.

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The Demille's said...

I haven't read this yet, but I would Love to...I was going to school to be a teacher before I got pregnant and plan to go back one day!
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Jill said...

This sounds like a "Read" to put on my Wishlist!

After reading, I would pay it forward to my DD's teacher :)

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Madeline said...

I haven't read this one, but I have a couple of teacher friends who would love it.

Jen said...

I haven't read the book, but I have a friend who just started teaching, and I know she has had some trouble with the parents already, so I think she'd enjoy it.

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Krisi and Adam said...

I have not read teh book by my neice and mil would love it.

Linda K said...

I have not read the book but my grand niece wants to become a teacher so I think she would like it.

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Katrina said...

I have not read it but it would be perfect for one of my good friends that has just started teaching this year.

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Skywaywaver said...

I have not read this book but it looks really interesting. It's an eye-opener to see how some teachers try very hard to make learning fun.
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I would love to read this - I want to hmschool! amandarj01 (at) hotmail (dot) com

MaddyRu said...

My friend just went back to school to get her teaching degree, so this would be great for her! Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I haven't read it or even heard of it.

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katzkids said...

I have not read the book.I think that I would like the book and so would my Sister who is a teacher.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

have not read this but think my cousin would love

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mverno said...

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CrazyDaisy said...

I have not read this book but it would be great for my cousin that teaches.

Elizabeth I said...

Haven't read the book yet.

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Ladytink_534 said...

My husband's cousin would enjoy this book, she just started teaching.
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mickeyfan said...

I'm not sure who would enjoy it more--my mom, a teaching veteran of over 30 years, or my daughter's friend who is currently student teaching and hoping to have a job next year.

her5boys said...

I have not read this book and I really think that my Sister would enjoy it!

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blabla3269 said...

havent yet but think I would love too and also think my neighbor jean would love it as well

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I have not read this but I have a friend that would enjoy reading it.

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msrodeobrat said...

i have not read the book but i have a friend who should read it

Wendi P said...

This sounds like quite a story indeed. I would love to read it then pass it on to my friends who are teachers.

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clc408 said...

I'm a retired teacher, so I would love it. So would all of my retired colleagues. Thanks!

geekbearinggifts said...

I have not read Educating Esmé, but I know some young women studying education who would probably benefit from it. Thanks for the sweet offer!

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windycindy said...

I have not read her book and it is new to me! As a very active parent in my children's education, I would love to read it. My sister; who is a reading and first grade teacher would also enjoy Madame Esme's book.
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I haven't read it but I would like to. The character sounds kooky like my favorite teacher from 4th grade

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Hi! I want to read this book!! My first year of teaching was HARD! Love to hear about other experiences. :) Thanks! --Michelle, blogattoday[-at]gmaildotcom

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Kristen M. said...

I am not a teacher but having lived in Chicago I am curious about the author's approaches. I too am interested in literacy, especially in urban schools.

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Bombtastic Belle said...

I haven't read it, but I do have it on my list to read. I think myhusband would also enjoy it, when he graduated high school, he used to say he wanted to be a teacher, so this would be a way for him to get an insite on what he could have done.
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this would be great for my niece who is a teacher

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turboterp said...

I have not read this book yet and I've put it on my list. I know my mom, who is a retired teacher, would love it, too. Thanks!

tutugirl said...

I haven't read the book, but a good friend of mine just returned to teaching after a few year break. I know she would love it. Great gift idea.

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Deb said...

I'm a mentor teacher. I haven't read this, but would love to and then share it with the teachers I mentor. Thanks.

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Sonya said...

I haven't read this book, but I had two teachers growing up that were just like this teacher! I love it!

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katzkids said...

My sister is in her 1st year of teaching and I think she would love to read this book.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Kimberly L said...

I have not read this book. However, it would be perfect for either of my sisters

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Sarah Z said...

No, I haven't read this book but I have some friends who are teachers who would love to!
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Jennifer said...

I have read this book, but because I am a teacher, wish that I had. This would be perfect for my best friend who is getting her teaching certificate this year.

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I have not read the book,but this would be great for my sisteR!

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goodwitchglinda said...

I know several teachers who would appreciate this book, two of which are close family members. Thanks! goodwitchglinda at gmail dot com

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I have not read this book but it definitely looks like something my sister would enjoy!

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naynays1 said...

I have not read this book but I think that I would like it. Thanks

Pam said...

I have not read the book. I'd like to read it and one of my best friends is a teacher in the Indianapolis schools so could probably identify with some of this.
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singermagic1 said...

I haven't read this but I would like to read this myself, as a mother I have always been interested in learning

Jessilyn82 said...

I'd love to read this book, this is my first year of teaching and I love reading everything I can find on the subject!

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I have not read this book but it looks fabulous. My niece Sara who is a teacher would love it.

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Amanda S. said...

I have not read it, but it sounds really good!

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I have not read the book but my sister-in-law would probably like it. She is a teacher of 5th grade.

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My niece is a teacher and I am sure she would enjoy this!

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Kate said...

I have not read this book, but it does sound like a good read! Thanks!!

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