Ellen Jackson grew up in Glendale, California, where her mother worked for Walt Disney Studios. Her childhood interests centered around reading. She has traveled in Europe and South America, including the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands.
Ellen received her B.A. and Teaching Accreditation from UCLA and her M.A. in Social Sciences at Azusa Pacific College. She worked as a kindergarten teacher for ten years. During her first year of teaching, a classroom shortage forced Ellen to conduct her classes on the playground with makeshift instructional materials. It was the ten years of story time with her kindergartners that inspired Ellen to write her first children's book.
Ellen has written and published many fiction and nonfiction books for children. She is also the author of the award-winning Turn of the Century and Cinder Edna (Lothrop, Lee and Shephard).
Ellen is a full-time freelance writer. She lives in California with her Miniature Schnauzer, Bailey. She volunteers in her community and works at the local library one day per week. She writes almost every day.
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