Eric A. Kimmel

Eric A. Kimmel, a distinguished Oregon children's author, is professor emeritus of education at Portland State University. His books have won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Medal, the Sydney Taylor Award, and the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award. In 2005, the Association of Jewish Libraries awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kimmel had the chance to meet and talk with Walt Morey at numerous conferences and literary events. 

Author's Entries

  • Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907–1980)

    Evelyn Sibley Lampman was one of three Oregon writers of young adult and children’s books who were at the height of their success during the last decades of the twentieth century. Walt Morey specialized in outdoor adventure, and Ursula K. Le Guin was renowned for her science fiction. Of the …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Jean M. Auel (1936-)

    No contemporary Oregon writer has achieved the superstar celebrity status of Jean Auel. And she did it with one book, Clan of the Cave Bear (1980). Most books on best-seller lists appear for a few weeks at most, but Clan of the Cave Bear held its place for eight months, …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Keiko

    Keiko, a male orca (orcinus orca) originally captured in 1979 from a pod in Iceland, lived in Oregon for less than three years. During that time he became one of Oregon’s best-known celebrities and a major attraction at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. For centuries orcas were assumed …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Mill Ends Park

    The world's smallest park, the Guinness Book of World Records claims, is located in Portland at the intersection of Southwest Naito Parkway and Taylor Street, near the Willamette River. Finding the park may be difficult, since it is disguised as a traffic circle on a median in the middle …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Walt Morey (1907-1992)

    Walt Morey (1907-1992) was one of four iconic writers who dominated childrens literature in Oregon during the last decades of the twentieth century. The other three were Evelyn Sibley Lampman, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Beverly Cleary. Lampman's books focused on the pioneer era. She remains one …

    Oregon Encyclopedia