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Deborah Hodge

Deborah Hodge

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Deborah Hodge is the author of more than thirty books for children. She specializes in writing engaging nonfiction for young readers and loves the challenge of using few words to explain big thoughts. She also enjoys writing picture books.

Many of Deborah's books have received awards and been published internationally. Her honors include the Information Book Award of Canada (won twice), the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and being selected to IBBY’s list of Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. In addition, one of her books was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature.

Before she was an author, Deborah was a teacher and curriculum writer for the BC Ministry of Education. She says, "Although I'm not teaching any more, I still feel like I'm talking to my students whenever I write a book. I love the process of trying to create something that young readers will find interesting."

Deborah was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.

For a list of publications and awards, or information on presentations, please see Deborah's website at:

Vancouver. BC


Cooking with Bear. Groundwood Books, 2019
Bear's Winter Party. Groundwood Books, 2016
West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. Groundwood Books, 2015
Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport. Tundra Books, 2012
Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City. Kids Can Press, 2011
Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm. Kids Can Press, 2010
Polar Animals, Forest Animals and other titles in the Who Lives Here? series. Kids Can Press, 2008-09
Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters. Tundra Books, 2007
The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration. Kids Can Press, 2006
The Kids Book of Canada's Railway. Kids Can Press, 2000
Bears, Whales and other titles in the Kids Can Press Wildlife series. Kids Can Press, 1996-2002
See full list of titles at:


Winner of the Information Book Award, Canadian Children's Literature Roundtable (won twice) for "West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet" and "The Kids Book of Canada's Railway"
Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Santa Monica Library for "Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City"
National Jewish Book Awards, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Jewish Book Council, Finalist for "Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport"
Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY for "Lily and the Mixed-up Letters"
See full list of honours at:
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Deborah has a range of presentations to offer and can speak to any age of audience. For more details, please see her website at Click on the "Talks" section. Thank you for your interest!

Presentation Length:
one hour
children's nonfiction and picture books
Most suitable for Grades 1-7, but can speak to any age group
Audience Size:
2-3 classes in schools and libraries; more at conferences