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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Esther Hershenhorn  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylania

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Illinois Connection

Esther teaches at an artists residency program, at Chicago's Newberry Library, and at the University of Chicago's Writer's Studio. Before she taught writers, she was an elementary school teacher in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Esther Hershenhorn specializes in picture books and middle grade fiction. She coaches writers and teaches courses on writing for children at the University of Chicago's Writers's Studio and Chicago's Newberry Library. Hershenhorn also serves on the board of advisers of the Society of Children's Book Wirters and Illustrators. Her book ''The Confe$$ion$ and $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut'' was a 2004-2005 Crown Award Nominee.


Chicken Soup by Heart won the 2003 Sidney Taylor Book Award for Young Readers Esther was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois. Little Illinois , 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book

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Selected Titles At Your Library

'I' is for Illinois
ISBN: 1892920417. OCLC Number: 123106042

GHB Publishers. .

Chicken soup by heart /
ISBN: 0689826656. OCLC Number: 45263871

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

When Rudie's sitter gets the flu, he uses her recipe to make her a batch of special chicken soup, including the secret recipe of stories from the heart.

Fancy that /
ISBN: 0823416054. OCLC Number: 47201472

Holiday House,. .

In 1841 in Pennsylvania, Pippin Biddle, determined to get his three orphaned sisters out of the poorhouse, tries to earn a living as an itinerant painter.

Illinois fun facts & games /
ISBN: 189292045X. OCLC Number: 46636460

GHB Publishers,. .

"Scrambled words, word searches, secret codes, connect the dots, mazes."

Little Illinois :
ISBN: 1585365378. OCLC Number: 657270823

Sleeping Bear Press,. .

Presents ten riddles related to the state of Illinois.

S is for story :
ISBN: 1585364398. OCLC Number: 310096937

Sleeping Bear Press,. .

Through rhyme and imaginative illustrations, the reader is introduced to all facets of becoming a writer. Side panels in easy-to-understand language, include writers' tips and inspiring quotes from award-winning authors.

The confe$$ion$ and $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut /
ISBN: 0823416429. OCLC Number: 47270655

Holiday House,. .

Fourth grade entrepreneur Howard J. Fingerhut competes with his classmates to win the H. Marion Muckley Junior Businessperson of the Year Contest and writes a book about the experience.

There goes Lowell's party! /
ISBN: 0823413136. OCLC Number: 36112037

Holiday House,. .

Lowell refuses to believe that a brewing storm will keep his resourceful Ozark relatives from celebrating his birthday.

Txtng mama txtng baby
ISBN: 9781585368877. OCLC Number: 843025764

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Emoticons and abbreviations commonly used in text messages convey an exchange of love between mother and baby.