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Margo Sorenson

Margo Sorenson (CA '91)


At the time of the Award, Margo Sorenson was:

Harbor Day School
Corona Del Mar, CA

Biographical Information

Author of over 29 traditionally-published 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 young readers in elementary, middle school, and 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 is delighted to talk with students about the love of reading and writing, and she is a frequent Skyper with classrooms all over the world. Her most recent picture book, SPAGHETTI SMILES, was published in 2014, and her young adult/crossover adult novel, SECRETS IN TRANLSATION, which takes place in Italy, will be published in October, 2018.

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.

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Additional Information


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

1968 Secondary School Life Credential, CSUN


1988 Johns Hopkins University SDB Fellow/CTY


2003 Minnesota Book Award Young Adult Fiction Finalist

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