Deborah loves to spend time with her readers, at schools, libraries, and museums. Her programs are flexible, and can vary depending on the size and needs of your group. Presentations last anywhere from 15 - 30 minutes for the youngest children, to 45 - 60 minutes for older elementary students. She is also happy to speak with adults; please inquire.

"Idea to Book" Presentation
Where do Deborah's ideas come from and how does she turn them into a story? How do her words and pictures come together to tell that story, and how does she create her art? Deborah will "show and tell" her writing and illustrating process. This program is adaptable for kindergarten and up.

For small groups, preK and up. Deborah will draw, chat, and read. Storytime is suitable for schools, libraries, bookstores, and museums, and can be followed by an art demonstration and art activity.

News and photos from past appearances are here.


Deborah believes that a well-planned author visit can be an inspiring and important experience for students and teachers! Fees vary depending upon the program, group sizes, and travel requirements.

Book Signing:
A personalized, autographed book is a wonderful souvenir of the day. Books in print (Blue Chicken, The Story of Fish & Snail, and By Mouse & Frog) can be ordered through your local bookseller, or purchased directly from Penguin Young Readers Group here.

More Information:
To request a brochure with more information, arrange a visit, or ask questions, please contact Deborah.

For general information about school and library visits, visit How to Plan an Author or Illustrator Appearance at Penguin Young Readers, or visit SCBWI to learn about The ABC's of a Successful Author/Illustrator Visit.

"The children could not stop talking about you and your work after you left. Your thoughts/struggles/and joys spoke so directly to their experiences... Your passion fueled their work throughout the rest of the week... Thank you for providing that for our writers, and for being so warm and open to them."
-Katy Botta, Kindergarten Teacher, New Haven