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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Esther Hershenhorn  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children; 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.

Published Works

  • There Goes Lowell's Party, Holiday House, 1998
  • Illinois, Fun Facts and Games, GHB Publishers, 2000
  • I is for Illinois, GHB Publishers, 2001
  • The Confe$$ion$ and $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut, Holiday House, 2002
  • Chicken Soup by Heart, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • Fancy That, Holiday House, 2003
  • Harley Hippo & the Crane Game, Loucks-Christenson Publishing, 2008
  • S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet, Sleeping Bear Press, 2009
  • Little Illinois, Sleeping Bear Press, 2011
  • Txtng Mama Txtng Baby'', Sleeping Bear Press, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©1998.

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

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

GHB Publishers,. St. Charles, MO :. ©2001.

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

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

Holiday House,. New York :. 2002.

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.

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2002.

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:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2003.

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.

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

Sleeping Bear Press,. Chelsea, MI :. ©2009.

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.

Little Illinois :
ISBN: 1585365378. OCLC Number:

Sleeping Bear Press,. Ann Arbor, MI :. ©2011.

Presents ten riddles related to the state of Illinois.

Txtng mama txtng baby /
ISBN: 1585368873. OCLC Number:

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


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


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