About Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of nearly 50 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. In her presentations at schools and  conferences, she helps bring history and research alive. She also is frequent instructor at writing workshops for adults. Her work is especially well-suited for STEM, STEAM, and CCSS connections.

Deborah's recent nonfiction includes DIVE! WWII Stories of Sailors and Submarines in the PacificCourage &  Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor book. She is the author of Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, an NCTE Orbis Pictus award honor book and Jane Addams Award honor book. 

Deborah’s award-winning picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award. A four-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah won in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Follow the Moon Home is a finalist for the 2017 Cook Prize for STEM books, while Steamboat School was named an ALA Notable book.

Deborah also writes middle grade historical fiction. A Bandit's Tale, The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket, was a recommended title for the Charlotte Huck Award. The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London,  the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was an Oregon Book Award finalist which 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, Oregon.