Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donna I. Bennett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1926 in Ypsilanti, Michigan

-- Donna I. Bennett on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bennett lives in DeKalb, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bennett is a retired teacher. She wrote ''Jessica's Bear'', a book for young children after a lifetime of teaching. The story reflects her understanding of the beautiful differences in children. She attended Flint Junior College, received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Masters degree from Northern Illinois University. She is also the author of ''Elementary Field Experience'', a handbook for student and beginning teachers. Originally from Michigan, she has lived for many years in the DeKalb, Illinois, area.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Jessica's Bear
ISBN: 1878044575

Mayhaven Publishing. 1999

When Little Bear realizes his little nose is not quite straight, he doesn't expect to be chosen as a Christmas present. In fact, he doesn't expect to be chosen at all, but when he is, despite his little difference, he finds a welcome home. Beautifully illustrated by Jane Dippold.

Walk Through the Valley of Death
ISBN: 0741414414

Infinity Publishing. 2003

This book deals with a family caring for a member who has a terminal illness. It addresses the emotions involved in facing the situation, the practical concerns of caring for the patient, and the response of the medical community. Of particular interest for families who find themselves in a similar situation is the annotated Bibliography and Resource section included in the book.

Elementary Field Experiences: A Handbook with Resources
ISBN: 0827356617

Cengage Learning. 1994

Full of specific and practical information, this book prepares elementary education students for their first clinical experiences, easing the transition from student to teacher.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Will speak to school groups at all levels. Also speaks about

  • Art of writing - how to get published.
  • Grief Support - groups on death and caregiving.