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Book cover photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp
BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: HOW SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND A 3D-PRINTED BEAK RESCUED A BALD EAGLE 2017 Eureka! Gold Award Winner of the California Reading Association
AAAS/Subaru Excellence in Science Books Award Finalist!
Junior Library Guild selection
CALIFORNIA READS teacher recommended title of the California Teachers Association.
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."
Connects with STEM, STEAM, STREAM, E-STEM, NGSS, language arts, social studies, environmental science and 3D printing! Contact Deborah (via website contact form) about speaking at your school, conference, event or library. Teachers say about her visits:
"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, 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 author of 15 children's books. Her newest, 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 beak engineering team that made Beauty's 3D-printed, prosthetic beak and takes care of Beauty. Deborah and Jane speak about Beauty and the book nationwide.
Deborah's humor-filled, school counting classic THE TWELVE DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN IS NOW IN SOFTCOVER. 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. JIMMY THE JOEY, about a young koala's rescue in Australia, 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.
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 Lawrence Hall of Science, she helped create free STEM activity apps, and major exhibits including Nanozone and Forces That Shape the Bay. She has also 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. Read about Deborah in a new article from the East Bay Times.