Eric A. Kimmel (born 1946) is an American Jewish author[1] of more than 50 children's books. His works include Caldecott Honor Book[2]Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman),[3] and Sydney Taylor Book Award winners The Chanukkah Guest and Gershon's Monster.

Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, New York and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lafayette College in 1967, a master's degree from New York University, and a PhD in Education from the University of Illinois in 1973. He taught at Indiana University at South Bend, and at Portland State University, where he is Professor Emeritus of Education. Kimmel currently lives with his wife, Doris, in Portland, Oregon.[4]


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  2. ^ "Children's Book Medals Awarded". The New York Times. January 10, 1990. p. 17. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ Shannon Maughan (November 6, 2014). "A Haunting Anniversary: 'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' Turns 25". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ Eric Kimmel profile,; accessed December 12, 2014.