BIO


 

About Deborah Hopkinson


Deborah Hopkinson is the author of 50 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. At schools and conferences she helps bring history and research alive. Her work is well-suited for STEM, STEAM, and CCSS connections.

Forthcoming titles include a picture book entitled Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen (January 2018and a work of nonfiction, D-DAY:The World War II Invasion that Changed History (Fall 2018). She also contributed to a young adult collection, Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All (Spring 2018). Other new titles include And the Buddha Smiled and What is the Women's Rights Movement?

Deborah's recent nonfiction includes DIVE! WWII Stories of Sailors and Submarines in the Pacific, named an Oregon Spirit Award Honor Book. Courage &  Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, was a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist. 

Deborah’s picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to OregonFollow the Moon Home won the Green Earth Book Award, while Steamboat School was named winner of a Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Deborah's middle grade novel, A Bandit's Tale was a recommended title for the Charlotte Huck Award.The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London,  the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel won the  OCTE Oregon Spirit Award. 

Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She lives near Portland, OR. Her husband, Andy, is a winemaker and artist; her son, Dimitri, is a photographer and landscaper; her daughter, Rebekah, is a teacher and chalk artist, and her grandson, Oliver, is an extraordinary one year old! And her two research assistants are Brooklyn and Rue!