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Cynthia Jenson-Elliott
MA Education

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Cindy Jenson-Elliott teaches Writing Non-Fiction & Informational Books for Children for the Children's Book Writing certificate program. She is a teacher, environmental educator and the author of seventeen informational and nonfiction books for children,  most recently Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature, published by Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt Publishers, and Dig In! published by Beach Lane Books.  Her acclaimed 2014 picture book, Weeds Find a Way won numerous awards, including the National Council of Teachers of English Best  Book, the American Library Association Notable Book, and the Eureka! Nonfiction Notable Book from the California Reading Association. In recent years, in addition to writing books for children, she has taught science to grades 1 - 8 in a private school, gardening, grades 1-3 , reading and  middle school language arts in charter and public schools. She is a Teacher Consultant for the San Diego Area Writing Project at UCSD,  is  Poet in Residence at Boone Elementary through Arts for Learning San Diego, and runs her own writing program for children and teens called Words to Go. Find her online at and