Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman
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Deborah Heiligman is the author of Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. She has written more than twenty books for children, most of them nonfiction. She graduated from Brown University, and started her writing career working for Scholastic News Explorer, the classroom magazine. She loved this job, but left when she had children and wanted to be home with them, and then she started writing her books. She is married to Jonathan Weiner, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for The Beak of the Finch.


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Reading Rockets Interview: What is a Butterfly

In this excerpt from her Reading Rockets interview, Deborah explains how she discovered the wonderful world of nonfiction books for children as a young 1st grader.

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Reading Rockets Interview: Treasure Hunt

In this excerpt from her Reading Rockets interview, Deborah describes her experience as a research-based writer.

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Reading Rockets Interview: An Excerpt from Charles and Emma

In this excerpt from her Reading Rockets interview, Deborah reads from her National Book Award finalist title, Charles and Emma.

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Reading Rockets Interview: Great Teachers

In this excerpt from her Reading Rockets interview, Deborah talks about the great teachers who encouraged her to discover new books.

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Reading Rockets Interview: Am I a Writer?

In this excerpt from her Reading Rockets interview, Deborah discusses her transition from a reader to a writer.

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The Boy Who Loved Math

Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Roaring Brook Press

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At...


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Charles and Emma

Deborah Heiligman
Square Fish

A multiple award-winning and beautifully written exploration of Charles Darwin’s life as husband, father, and scientist.


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