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Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman

National Book Awards Finalist

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: Great Teachers

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    The Boy Who Loved Math

    Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    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 the age of four, he could ask...

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    Charles and Emma

    Deborah Heiligman

    Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution...

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