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Author Eric Kimmel at Allen Public Library

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Award winning author Eric Kimmel appears at the Allen Public Library 1 pm, Saturday, December 4th, Children's Program Room, 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen, 75013. After his program, books will be sold and autographed. Kimmel is an American author of more than 50 children's books. His works include Caldecott Honor Book and Newbury Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman), and Sydney Taylor Book Award winners The Chanukkah Guest and Gershon's Monster. His The Lady In The Blue Cloak, a collection of stories from the Texas missions, was given the Naylor Award by the Daughters of the Texas Revolution and is a featured book at the bookstore in the Alamo, which was a thrill for Kimmel because the first book he ever purchased with his own money was John Myers Myers’ The Alamo.

In 1973, Kimmel completed his Ph.D. degree in Education at the University of Illinois. From 1973 to 1978, he taught courses in language arts, children’s literature, and storytelling at Indiana University at South Bend in South Bend, Indiana and from 1978-1993, Portland State University, and in Portland, Oregon, retiring from college teaching in 1993 to pursue writing.

Kimmel credits a graduate school storytelling class with the practice of perfecting a story. Telling a story to "real kids" proved to him "that the story is crucial - good intentions do not make up for a weak story.â€

Eric Kimmel’s library appearance is cosponsored by the Story Book House in Dallas.

For information, call 214-509-4906


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