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Esther Hershenhorn

Chicago author Esther Hershenhorn spends her days doing what she loves and loving what she does: writing picture books and middle-grade fiction, teaching Writing for Children classes and coaching writers of ALL ages to help them tell their stories.

Esther’s newest title, S IS FOR STORY: A WRITER’S ALPHABET (Sleeping Bear Press) – an A-to-Z journey through a writer’s life and process, celebrates the Reader-Writer connection. Her other titles include CHICKEN SOUP BY HEART, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, and the humorous middle grade novel THE CONFE$$ION$ AND $ECRET$ OF HOWARD J. FINGERHUT, a Crown Award nominee and Bank Street College Best Book of the Year.

A former elementary teacher, Esther now teaches Writing for Children at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio and Chicago’s Newberry Library. She maximizes her writing, classroom, and coaching experiences to customize K-8 Writing Workshops and Family Literacy events that address the Six Traits of Writing and specific curriculum, district and Publishing Institute needs. Esther also facilitates Teacher In-service Workshops, sharing insights, tools and methods to seed and feed writers.

Esther’s Author-to-Author Program at several CPS schools informs, affirms and inspires young writers. She participates in the Illinois Young Authors Program at both local and state levels, helping students create, craft and honor their stories. Serving as a consultant to both the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Esther helped develop respectively an authorship-based program for the Magnet Cluster Writing and Literature Schools and the picture book writing component of the federally-funded Fairchild Challenge.

For fees and travel expenses information, email Esther at

“Within moments of walking in my classroom, Esther created an atmosphere of excitement and her energy was palpable. My students had the experience of a lifetime to personally interact with her about their own writing. Esther even took the time to personally read my students' writing prior to coming to our classroom. She added words of wisdom in her own way that were fun, engaging, and memorable. My students still quote Esther!” -Lauren Gray, Third Grade Teacher
George B. Armstrong School of International Studies
Chicago, IL

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