Dorothea Jensen

An Award-Winning Author of Books for Young Readers

Selected Works

Educational Material: Classroom Guide
A complete "lesson plan" for using A Buss from Lafayette in 6-9 grade classrooms!
Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse
This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.
What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?
Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!
Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.
Historical Fiction for Young Readers

In 1825, Lafayette comes to New Hampshire as part of his "triumphal tour" and affects the life of a young girl in unforeseen ways.
"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "
Regency Romantic Comedy
“Splendid and sophisticated Regency to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."

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I earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. I have one husband, three kids and six grandsons (whom I put in my Izzy Elf stories). I have lived all over the U.S., as well as in Holland and Brazil.

For a number of years, I was a singer/​actress in amateur and professional companies. (As a mezzo, I usually lost the hero to the soprano.) I have been having fun putting all my old skills to work with video blogs, audio recordings of songs from the stories, audio book recordings etc.

My "Artistic Mission"

I recently came across something I wrote for my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators posting, for which I was asked to state my "artistic mission". I don't usually think of what I do in such elevated terms, but when I re-read what I put on the SCBWI website, it rang true. Here it is:

My goal is to write entertaining stories that do not “talk down” to young readers. I try to provide a glimpse of history or fantasy in ways that appeal to a child’s intelligence and sense of humor. Playing with words has been a large part of my life and my family’s life. I hope my books help other kids gain more appreciation for this as well.

Selected Honors

The Riddle of Penncroft Farm was an International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Selection soon after its original publication in 1989.

Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf are both recipients of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, honoring "the best in family-friendly media".

Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf has been 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.