Deborah Hodge

Deborah Hodge

Vancouver, BC

Watch Me Grow! A Down to Earth Look at Growing Food in the City (Kids Can Press)

Up We Grow! A Year in the Life of a Small Local Farm (Kids Can Press)

Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport (Tundra Books)

The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration (Kids Can Press)

The Kids Book of Canada's Railway (Kids Can Press)

Lily and the Mixed-up Letters (Tundra Books)

Bears (and other books in the Wildlife Series) (Kids Can Press)

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Non-fiction, Picture books


Deborah Hodge is the author of thirty books for children. Many of her titles are nature and wildlife books for younger readers, often with a west coast focus. She also enjoys writing picture books. For older students, she has written on selected history and social justice topics.

Many of her books have received awards and been published internationally. Some of her recent honors include: the Information Book Award of Canada (won twice), the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and being selected to the IBBY 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 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 am not teaching any more, I still feel like I am 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, and lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.

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

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A Writer's Journey: From Idea to Published Book

Deborah has been speaking in schools and libraries for over a decade. She is a former elementary school teacher who enjoys (as time permits) talking to students about writing.

She is also an experienced presenter at writing festivals, literary conferences, and Professional Development Days. She is delighted by opportunities to speak to teachers, librarians and university students, and has a range of presentations to offer.

For detailed information on her author presentations, please see the TALKS section of her website at:

Deborah is happy to speak to any audience age, and will gladly travel to do so. She can adapt her presentation to suit any group.

Thank you for your interest!

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3), Junior (4-6), Intermediate (7-8)

Fees: Canada Council rates