Before publication, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm won the Children's Literature Competition in the 8-12 year old category at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota.
The e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, in the Juvenile Level I (Ages 5-8 Years), honoring "the best in family-friendly media."
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf was Story Monster Approved! The Story Monster Approved program recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children's literature, as determined by panels of both adult and child judges.
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, in the Picture Book for 6 and Older Category.
WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE
I am an award-winning author of books for young readers.
I write in multiple genres, both fiction and non-fiction. This sometimes makes me feel as if I am getting on a horse and galloping off in several directions at once, but writing vastly different material simultaneously seems to stave off the Dread Writer's Block.
My work has won many honors and awards, which I have listed in the column on the left side of this page.
My writing efforts, past and present, include:
1. Historical fiction for middle graders/young adults, with which I hope to hook kids on our amazing national history. (The Riddle of Penncroft Farm; A Buss from Lafayette) I am currently working on a new story, called A Scalp on the Moon.
2. Rhyming stories about Santa's high tech Izzy Elves, which are illustrated modern Christmas stories for kids aged 5 and up. (Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf; Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf; Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf; and Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf) My next elf adventure will be Bizzy, the Know-It-All Elf.
3. Educational material for using historical fiction in the classroom. (A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide, co-authored with Sienna Larson, who is also a seasoned teacher.)
4. Non-Fictional accounts of historical events, in prose and verse. (The American Revolutions; Go Get Lafayette) These are both under construction.
FYI: My nickname is Deedy, which I recently learned is an archaic word for "busy" as in "full of deeds". Hmmm. I guess that shoe fits!
P.S. If you would like to ask me questions, make comments, or request an electronic visit with a class that has read one of my books, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Soon: A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!
(Buy Links at the top of the left column on this page!)
BQB Publishing Release Date 4/1/18
“There is no more crucial time than now to teach our children about the history of their country. The need for teachers to find ways to make history interesting is crucial. A Buss from Lafayette will provide not only historic background of the revolutionary time. . .but also a story that all children can identify with. . . The teachers’ guide also gives many wonderful suggestions of how to integrate subjects with the historical content of this novel. . . [and] suggests questions that challenge higher level thinking. I highly recommend this for teachers in grades 5-8.” – Susan Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Quinnipiac University; Literacy and Curriculum Development.
Written by Dorothea Jensen, M.A., and Sienna Larson, M.S., this guide is soon to be re-released as a paperback and e-book from BQB Publishing! This guide includes: bulletin board ideas, vocabulary exercises, varied handouts, puzzles and games, reading comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, individual and class project suggestions, cross-curricular activities (language arts, reading, social studies, mathematics, health and safety, art, music, dance, drama) and suggestions for real and virtual "field trips."
Topics covered include the American Revolution, Lafayette's role in our fight for independence, Lafayette's Farewell Tour in 1824-5, and everyday life and customs in rural America in the 1820s.
Dorothea Jensen (left) and Sienna Larson (right)
About the Authors
Dorothea Jensen is the author of A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, and seven other books. A former ESL, junior high and high school English teacher, she earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico.
Sienna Larson has worked as an ESL teacher in Panama and in Ethiopia and as a homeschool teacher. She also researched and co-authored two books on international education and has created curricula for French and English language instruction for adults and children. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MS in Technology from Northern Kentucky University.