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Children's books that inspire, teach, entertain and engage

Book cover photo by Glen Hush (c) Jane Veltkamp


Deborah's new nonfiction book BEAUTY AND THE BEAK: HOW SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND A 3D-PRINTED BEAK RESCUED A BALD EAGLE is a Junior Library Guild selection and has been named to the CALIFORNIA READS teacher recommended book list of the California Teachers Association. Persnickety Press will be showing the book at the American Library Association annual meeting in Chicago and BEA in New York (Booth 2442). 

Invite Deborah to speak about  BEAUTY AND THE BEAK at your school, conference, book event or library. You can contact her via the form on this website.

Deborah is an internationally published, award-winning author of 15 children's books. BEAUTY AND THE BEAK is coauthored with raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp of Birds of Prey Northwest in Idaho, who led  the beak engineering team that made Beauty's prosthetic beak and takes care of Beauty. Deborah and Jane speak about Beauty and the new book nationwide.

INTO THE A, B, SEA, Deborah's ocean alphabet book, has sold nearly a quarter million copies and was named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.  Her humor-filled
THE TWELVE DAYS OF KINDERGARTEN has become a school classic, in softcover too in 2017.  

JIMMY THE JOEY, about a young koala's rescue in Australia, was named to the 2015 Reading is Fundamental/Macy's Multicultural Collection and is a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. The book won the California Reading Association Eureka Honor Award for Nonfiction. 

Deborah is also an internationally published science writer. She helped create and directed communications for, the ALA/AASL-honored, NSF/Oracle-funded STEM activity website based at UC Berkeley. For Berkeley's renowned Lawrence Hall of Science, she helped create free STEM activity apps that have been downloaded more than one million times. Deborah also directed communications for Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes one of the first wildlife hospitals established in the U.S. 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Deborah graduated from Cornell University and was a national science writing fellow sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She lives with her family in Walnut Creek, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area.