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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 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."


This book connects with STEM, STEAM, STREAM, E-STEM, language arts, social studies, environmental science and 3D printing! Read about the Beauty teamContact Deborah (via contact form on this website) about speaking at your school, conference, event or library. Teachers say about her visits: "The students were enthralled!" and '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." 

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 EAGLEis 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 Honor 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. 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 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. 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.