I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, where I spent countless hours reading and volunteering in the Free Library of Philadelphia. My favorite childhood book was E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, and to this day it inspires me, since the character of Charlotte is a writer like I am—though she writes her words in her spider web and I write them on my computer.
I went to Cornell University where I first started learning about ecology and the environment. I live in California and discovered my deep love for the ocean on many trips with my children to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which led me to write several ocean books. Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet has sold more than a quarter million copies. My newest book, Beauty and the Beak:How Science, Technology and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, is the true story of Beauty the bald eagle who was shot, rescued and received a pioneering prosthetic beak.
I read as much as I can from first thing in the morning until bedtime, especially about animals, science, history, and cultures around the world. I also love to walk near my home in a beautiful place that has many kinds of wild birds, including herons, egrets, hawks, vultures, pelicans, and sometimes even bald eagles! This is where I saw my first bald eagle soaring in the wild, a breathtaking experience.
Deborah Lee Rose is an internationally published, award-winning author of bestselling children’s books. Her newest nonfiction picture book, Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, is coauthored with raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp who led Beauty the bald eagle's beak engineering team. The book has won the esteemed AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, is a semifinalist for the Bank Street College Cook Prize for Best STEM Picture Books, and won the Eureka! Gold Award from the California Reading Association.
Deborah writes fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages, on a broad range of topics including bald eagles, koala rescue, a school spelling bee, ocean animals, kindergarten, the seasons, sleepy time, the environment and much more.
She is an inspiring and engaging speaker who presents across the country at professional conferences, public book events, libraries and schools, where teachers tell her “You are the BEST author assembly we ever had!”
Deborah's books have been named to the Reading is Fundamental/2015 Macy’s Multicultural Collection, NY Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, and Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Kids Books, and have won the Family Choice Award, the NAPPA Gold Award twice, and the Eureka! Silver Award for Nonfiction from the California Reading Association.
Deborah helped create and directed communications for Howtosmile.org, the NSF/Oracle-funded online collection of more than 3,500 STEM activities for all ages, named a Best Website for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians and a Great Website for Kids by ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children.
She helped create groundbreaking STEM apps with more than 1.5 million downloads, including DIY Sun Science and DIY Lake Science, as senior science writer for UC Berkeley’s renowned Lawrence Hall of Science. She also wrote major LHS exhibits including the Nanozone and Forces That Shape the Bay, and many Newspapers in Education STEM series.
Deborah has been Communications Consultant for the nationwide Congressional App Challenge, and Communications Director of Lindsay Wildlife Experience, which includes one of the oldest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. She was one of the first National Science Writing Fellows of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. She lives with her family in Walnut Creek, in the San Francisco Bay Area.