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A video interview with

Deborah Heiligman

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Bio

Heiligman was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and lived in the same house her entire childhood. One of her favorite school memories is of her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Ryan, who created magical reading nooks for her students — like an old clawfoot bath tub where Heiligman would climb in for a long read. She majored in religious studies as an undergraduate at Brown University, and in those classes discovered how to ask good, probing questions and to write with discipline, detail, and intent. Her writing career started kind of by accident — but a very happy accident - when she landed her first professional job as a writer for Scholastic New Explorer in New York City. At Scholastic she wrote about a wide range of subjects, everything from panda bears for first graders to pesticides for sixth graders. Heiligman loves the research process and says she is good at it because of her natural inquisitiveness (she calls it "being nosy"). Her freelance writing career began when she became a mom and wanted to balance a writing life with family life.

Heilgman has written more than 26 books, including the acclaimed Holidays Around the World series. Her fascination with the marriage of Charles and Emma Darwin led her on a great research adventure that brought her to the Galapagos Islands and the Darwin home in England as well as deep inside their diaries and letters. Heiligman is an active blogger on the I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) blog and recently helped establish a companion site for teachers called INK Think Tank, which connects great nonfiction books with curriculum standards.

Selected Books

from Deborah Heiligman


Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith

Age Level: Teen

Darwin is presented in a fresh and engaging way in the context of his marriage. Known for list-making, this unique and riveting biography begins with Darwin's list of the pros and cons of marriage and proceeds to explore his life with Emma, the highly religious woman he married, and the evolution of his Origins of the Species.

Buy Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith


High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy

Age Level: 9-12

This attractive book presents a brief but comprehensive look at the 35th U.S. President and the issues he confronted during his brief time in office including the Cuban missile crisis and more. Additional resources are included in this useful and attractive book.

Buy High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy


Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents & Peace

Age Level: 9-12

This handsome addition to the series that demonstrates the similarities between Christmas celebrations in different cultures and commonalities shared throughout the world. Lush photographs illuminate the straightforward text.

Buy Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents & Peace


Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family & Counting Blessings

Age Level: 9-12

Crisp photographs are used to illustrate this truly American holiday while revealing its origins in harvest festivals. A table of contents, index, and more are included.

Buy Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family & Counting Blessings