Jen Arena

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Formerly an editorial director at Random House BFYR, Jen Arena has written over 100 books for kids under her maiden name, Jennifer Dussling, and under the pseudonym, Tennant Redbank, including fiction and nonfiction, licensed and original. Her first book, Stars, was published in 1996, and some of her other titles are Lady Liberty’s Holiday, Marta! Big and Small, Sleep Tight Snow White. Besos for Baby, 100 Snowmen, One Little Flower Girl, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, Gargoyles, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, Slinky Scaly Snakes, Fair Is Fair, and The Rainbow Mystery. Her books have been published by Knopf, Roaring Brook, Little Brown, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Grosset & Dunlap, DK, Kane Press, and Bearport Publishing and translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.

Jen Arena's recent book Marta! Big and Small was included in CCBC Choices, several state award lists, and was a Huffington Post Best Books of 2016 Honorable Mention. She has a number of books coming to print soon, including Salsa Lullaby from Knopf and Big Green Garage from Chronicle.
You can read more about Jen at http://www.jenarenabooks.com/

Upcoming Original fiction

  • Give (coming from Knopf)
  • Salsa Lullaby (coming from Knopf)
  • Big Green Garage (coming from Chronicle)

Work-For-Hire

Nonfiction

  • My Little Golden Book About the Statue of Liberty Golden Books
  • Long, Tall Lincoln HarperCollins
  • Giraffes Grosset & Dunlap
  • Who Was Jesus? Grosset & Dunlap (under pseudonym Ellen Morgan)
  • Bugs, Bugs, Bugs Dorling Kindersley
  • Slinky, Scaly Snakes Dorling Kindersley
  • Poison Dart Frogs Bearport Press
  • Looking at Rocks Grosset & Dunlap
  • Stars Grosset & Dunlap
  • Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather Grosset & Dunlap
  • Giant Squid Grosset & Dunlap
  • Gargoyles Grosset & Dunlap
  • Dinosaur Eggs Grosset & Dunlap
  • Lightning: It’s Electrifying Grosset & Dunlap
  • Earthquakes Grosset & Dunlap
  • Planets Grosset & Dunlap
  • Construction Trucks Grosset & Dunlap

Licensed titles (usually under the pseudonym Tennant Redbank)

  • BOSSY KIKI Puzzle Place license
  • MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND movie tie-in
  • KERMIT’S TEENY TINY FARM Muppets license
  • DINOSAURS OF THE LOST WORLD movie tie-in
  • A SIMPLE WISH 8 x 8 movie tie-in
  • TALL TALE TROUBLE Puzzle Place license
  • SMALL SOLDIERS MOVIE STORYBOOK movie tie-in
  • RUG BUG Between the Lions license easy-to-read
  • WALK, DON’T WALK Between the Lions license easy-to-read
  • MY NAME IS JO-JO Jo-Jo’s World license easy-to-read
  • CIRCUS SCHOOL Jo-Jo’s World license easy-to-read
  • BARBIE AND THE MAGIC OF PEGASUS Barbie easy-to-read
  • TOY TO TOY Toy Story easy-to-read
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: CAPTAIN JACK’S TALE
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CHASE IS ON easy-to-read
  • ENCHANTED: A STORYBOOK LIFE movie tie-in 8 x 8
  • ENCHANTED: BEFORE THE FALL movie tie-in 8 x 8
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: O, GHOSTLY NIGHT easy-to-read
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SEASON’S GREEDINGS 8 x 8
  • TRON: OUT OF THE DARK easy-to-read
  • TRON: INTO THE LIGHT easy-to-read
  • THE DISAPPEARING SUN Disney Fairies license
  • THE STORY OF THE SHELL CHARM Disney Fairies license
  • THE GREAT FAIRY RACE Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • PIXIE HOLLOW PAINT DAY Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • BECK’S BUNNY SECRET Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • A FAIRY FROST Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • A DOZEN FAIRY DRESSES Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • PLEASE DON’T FEED THE TIGER LILY Disney Fairies easy-to-read
  • FAIRY LANTERNS Disney Fairies novelty
  • THE HIDDEN WORLD OF FAIRIES Disney Fairies novelty
  • UP Little Golden Book
  • BRAVE Little Golden Book
  • MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Little Golden Book
  • ROARNG RIVALS Monster University 8 x 8
  • BLONDIE Palace Pets early chapter book
  • BEAUTY Palace Pets 
  • TEACUP Palace Pets early chapter book
  • TREASURE Palace Pets early chapter book
  • PUMPKIN Palace Pets early chapter book
  • LILY Palace Pets early chapter book
  • GREAT MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE Palace Pets early chapter book
  • KITCHEN CATASTROPHE Palace Pets early chapter book
  • THE PET PAWLYMPICS Palace Pets early chapter book
  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMY Palace Pets early chapter book
  • BEACH BANDIT Barbie early chapter book mystery
  • HAUNTED BOARDWALK Barbie early chapter book mystery
  • SECRET SEA MONSTER Barbie early chapter book mystery

Contributed stories to these Disney collections:

  • TOY STORY STORYBOOK COLLECTION
  • DISNEY PIXAR STORYBOOK COLLECTION
  • DISNEY CHRISTMAS STORYBOOK COLLECTION
  • DISNEY FAIRIES STORYBOOK COLLECTION
  • HAPPILY EVER AFTER STORIES
  • 5 MINUTE PRINCESS STORIES