Children's books that inspire, teach, entertain and engage
Book cover photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp
The Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children's choice award honoring a STEM book
- Green Earth Book Award Shortlist
- Eureka! Gold Award for Nonfiction, California Reading Association
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- CALIFORNIA READS Teacher Recommended Title California Teachers Association
- Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Kids Books
- Connects with STEM, STEAM, STREAM, E-STEM, NGSS, language arts, social studies, environmental science and 3D printing!
American Library Association Booklist says "...the science and technology included in this book are supremely interesting...the compassion and dedication of the people who put it to use to save this wonderful bird are the best part of the story. I defy anyone not to be moved by the picture of Beauty using her restored beak to take a drink of water."
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What teachers say about her presentations:
"The students were enthralled!"
"Deborah's enthusiasm was infectious. Passing around actual 3D-printed versions of Beauty's beak to show along with the story helped the students understand the technology innovations involved with helping Beauty survive."
"After Deborah's talk about Beauty and the Beak, we brain-stormed how 3D printers could be used to create prosthetics for different animals to help with survival after birth defects, injury, etc. The kids worked in groups to design an animal prosthetic on paper and determined what it would look like, how it would work and how it would be attached to the animal. Then they used TinkerCad to design the prosthetic on a plane so they could tweak their design along the way, and finally they printed! I was blown away by the complexity of their designs."
Deborah is an internationally published, award winning children's author. Her newest book BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: HOW SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND A 3D-PRINTED BEAK RESCUED A BALD EAGLE is coauthored with renowned raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp, of Birds of Prey Northwest in Idaho. Jane led the engineering team that made Beauty's 3D-printed, prosthetic beak. The book has won the national Bank Street College Cook Prize for Best STEM Picture Book and AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Deborah and Jane speak about Beauty nationwide.
Deborah's humor-filled, school counting classic THE TWELVE DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN IS NOW IN SOFTCOVER. JIMMY THE JOEY, about a young koala's rescue, is a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, won the California Reading Association Eureka! Silver Award for Nonfiction, and was named to the 2015 Reading is Fundamental/Macy's Multicultural Collection. Her ocean alphabet classic INTO THE A, B, SEA, has sold nearly a quarter million copies and was named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.
Deborah is an internationally published science writer who directed communications for the ALA/AASL-honored, NSF/Oracle-funded STEM activity website howtosmile.org. At UC Berkeley's renowned Lawrence Hall of Science, she helped create major exhibits and a suite of free STEM activity apps that have been downloaded nearly 1.5 million times. She directed communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes one of the first wildlife hospitals in the U.S.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Deborah graduated from Cornell University. She has been a Council for the Advancement of Science Writing national fellow, and communications consultant to the Congressional App Challenge. She lives with her family in Walnut Creek, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area.