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Margo Sorenson

Margo Sorenson (CA '91)

Retired

At the time of the Award, Margo Sorenson was:

Teacher
Harbor Day School
Corona Del Mar, CA

http://www.margosorenson.com


Biographical Information

Author of over 28 books for children and young adults, Margo Sorenson taught English and speech and debate at Harbor Day School in Orange County, where she also served as chair of the English Department. Having retired from the classroom, Mrs. Sorenson is now a full-time writer of books for children in elementary and junior high school. She has won recognition and awards from numerous groups including the American Library Association and the School Library Journal, and has been a finalist for the Young Adult Minnesota Book Award. Her books have been adopted by Minneapolis Public Schools and the State of California. Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez, published in 1998, is recommended by the U.S. Department of Education as an educational resource for teaching about Chavez. The internationally-known Kerlan Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota has invited Mrs. Sorenson to donate and archive her working papers.. A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and community groups across the country, Mrs. Sorenson presents writers' workshops and talks about the love of reading and writing. Her book Ambrose and the Princess was published in Fall 2005, and another in the series, Ambrose and the Cathedral Dream, was published in 2006. A picture book, Aloha for Carol Ann, was published in 2011.


Personal Message

I welcome hearing from Milken Educators with any feedback about literature and children -- what you wish the kids were reading -- and what they actually are reading. I am open to topics, themes, concerns, and issues of any kind that would interest kids and help "hook" them into reading.

Related Connections

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Additional Information

Degrees/Certifications

1967 University of California - Los Angeles, B.A.

1968 Secondary School Life Credential, CSUN


Groups/Affiliations

1988 Johns Hopkins University SDB Fellow/CTY


Awards/Honors

2003 Minnesota Book Award Young Adult Fiction Finalist


Expertise
Language Arts, Writing, At-Risk Students, Diversity, English

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