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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Esther Hershenhorn  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1945, in Philadelphia, Pennsylania


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''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