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  • Bibliography:
    51 Books (1 Series)
  • First Book:
    August 1995
  • Latest Book:
    July 2024
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Full Series List in Order

The Prairie Skies

1 - Pioneer Summer (May-2002)
2 - Cabin in the Snow (Sep-2002)

Multi-Author Series List

Dear America

Hear My Sorrow: The Diary of Angela Denoto, a Shirtwaist Worker New York City, 1909 (Oct-2004)

Book List in Order: 51 titles



  • An inspiring tale of creativity and determination on the Underground Railroad from Coretta Scott King Award winner James Ransome and acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson.Clara, a slave and seamstress on Home Plantation, dreams of freedom -- not just fo...



  • Birdie's family moves to a small, isolated island off the coast of Maine. Birdie enjoys watching her lightkeeper father as he tends the lights. Then, one stormy night, her father falls ill. Only Birdie knows how to keep the lightho...



  • Mags and Cody spend every summer with Gramps and Grandma at their farm, but after Grandma dies, the house is shadowed with sadness and the bluebirds are silent, so Mags decides to revitalize Grandma's garden, and soon the bluebirds return and Gramps ...



  • Marcia was trying to help her mama. So maybe balancing on top of a tower of chairs to dip candles wasn't such a good idea. And perhaps her biscuits worked better as doorstops than dessert. Still, does her mama really need to hire a mother's helper? ...



  • A Band of Angels is fiction, but it is based on real events and people. The character of Ella was inspired by Ella Sheppard Moore, who was born February 4, 1851, in Nashville, Tennessee. Her father was able to free himself and young Ella from slavery...



  • When night falls, and all is quiet, a slave girl starts to run. She follows the moon into the woods, leading her loved ones away from their master. There's only one place where he might not find them, and it's under the quilt of night. Guided by the...



  • Westward Ho! Congress has ruled that settlers in Kansas Territory will decide whether Kansas will enter the Union as a free or a slave state. Charlie Keller's papa is an abolitionist, and he's moving the family to Kansas so he can cast his vote for ...



  • STORMS ARE BREWING When Charlie and Papa arrive in Lawrence for supplies, they find the bustling Kansas town threatened by border ruffians from proslave Missouri. Papa decides to remain behind with other free-soil settlers to defend the town, so Cha...



  • Maria longs to be an astronomer -- wish that burns as brightly as a star. But girls in the nineteenth century don't grow up to be scientists, especially those who are needed at home. Each night when her papa sweeps the sky with his telescope, Maria s...






  • Having moved to the frontier, Anna is aware of her mother's homesickness for her family, friends, and garden back east and so decides to give her a gift she will truly appreciate using a special pack of seeds she packed before they moved out west....



  • Marcie enjoys being her mother's helper , so she's hurt when Mother hires Fannie Farmer to prepare the family's meals. But sure enough Fannie's charm ( and griddle cakes) win Marcie over, and she finds herself cooking up delights she never thought po...



  • The slightly true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains.Apples, ho!When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can’t bear to leave his pre...



  • Critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson's HEAR MY SORROW is back with a beautiful new cover!Fourteen-year-old Angela Denoto and her family have arrived in New York City from their village in Italy to find themselves settled in a small tenement ...



  • This story is based on the life of Billy Bayly, a real boy who lived in Pennsylvania during the Civil War and had an unlikely friendship with a Southern soldier. Ready-to-Read books offer children a world of possibilities at four different reading l...



  • One penny.

    In the hot, mean summer of 1933, a penny is enough to buy caramels or red hots or peppermint sticks or licorice strings. Is it enough to buy Miss Elsie's Strawberry Farm?

    There's only one way to find out. Davey takes a deep breath a...



  • Johnny loves his Uncle Silas and his master's mule, Nell, but he hates being a slave. So when a group of soldiers marches by the farm and asks Johnny if he wants to join the Union Army, Johnny accepts, even though it means leaving Uncle Silas and Nel...



  • Unlike most girls of her time, Susan B. Anthony received an education. And besides reading and writing, her schooling taught her that women should have the same rights as men, above all the right to vote. So from the time she was a young woman until...



  • Did you ever hear the story of the Girl Wonder? Alta Weiss was born to play baseball, simple as that. From the age of two, when she hurls a corncob at a pesky tomcat, folks in her small Ohio town know one thing for sure: She may be a girl, but ...



  • FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In an incident drawn from a former slave's narrative and carefully fleshed out, young Johnny runs away to join a company of Union soldiers. Taking up an invitation from a passing bluecoat, he joins troops on the...






  • “I believe I can just see you on the streets of that bright city.”Gran’s gone now, but her words live on with Nicholas Dray, almost twelve, as he makes his way from the hot cotton fields to that Queen of Cities: San Francisco. Nick’s on his o...



  • Now, I’m sure you know lots about Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. But what you might not know is that Abe would never have become president if it hadn’t been for Austin Gollaher.

    Learn the story of what real...



  • Sal sure can sing. But she can also catch a fish with her bare hands, ride a wild bronco, and drive a stagecoach.  And she's nobody's fool. When Sal makes her first stagecoach journey alone to deliver the mail for her sick pa, her ma is nervous. But...



  • On a beautiful day, the last thing Etty wants to do is sit inside baking honey cake. Sheâ,"d much rather be outside exploring with her father, Charles Darwin.

    Many are familiar with Darwinâ,"s theory of evolution, but few know Darwin...



  • The trip down the Yukon River from Lake Bennett to Dawson City is exciting and dangerous, but Davey's adventures don't end once he arrives at the bustling mining town. Dawson is overrun with sad-looking, abandoned dogs Davey longs to help, but what c...



  • Gold Rush! Seattle, July 1897 Ever since his mother died, Davey has had a secret plan: He's saving his money so he can run away to Alaska to find Uncle Walt, the only relative he has. No one is going to stop him -- not even mean Mrs. Tinker, who ow...



  • Klondike or bust! Stowing away on the steamer Al-Ki was only the beginning of Davey's daring quest to find his uncle in the Klondike. Now he's camping in the rough-and-tumble town of Skagway, working for his photographer friend Erik Larsen, and prep...



  • For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and wor...



  • Mikey’s dad has left home to fight overseas during World War I, and Mikey wants to do something BIG to help. When his teacher suggests that the class participate in a knitting bee in Central Park to knit clothing for the troops, Mikey and his frien...



  • Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a "mudlark," he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He's being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he's go...






  • Published in time for the 150th anniversary of her birth, this story stars a young Beatrix Potter, creator of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and many other classic children’s books.   Master of the historical fiction picture book, Hopkinson takes r...



  • From an award-winning author of historical fiction comes a story of survival, crime, adventure, and horses in the streets of 19th century New York City. Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after h...



  • Missouri, 1847 When James first started school, his sister practically had to drag him there. The classroom was dark and dreary, and James knew everything outside was more exciting than anything he'd find inside. But his teacher taught him otherw...




  • This funny, touching picture book "the perfect gift for a child to give to his/her own teacher" celebrates the difference a good teacher can make. Written as a thank-you note to a special teacher from the student who never forgot her, this moving...



  • Celebrate American independence with this delightful picture book as you travel to Revolutionary America and meet the amazing Amelia Simmons: mother's helper, baker of delectable cakes, and soon-to-be authoress of the first American cookbook! Mas...





  • A story of espionage, survival, and friendship during World War II. Bertie Bradshaw never set out to become a spy. He never imagined traipsing around war-torn London, solving ciphers, practicing surveillance, and searching for a traitor to the All...



  • This inspiring story of little-known civil rights champion Oscar Chapman reminds readers that one person can truly make a difference.On Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson performed at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of over 75,000 peopl...



  • From the sounds of a bird greeting the morning sun to the rising of a silver moon at bedtime, a young girl experiences “a mindful day” from start to finish.Want to turn a dull day into a wonderful day? Make it a mindful day! When we slow dow...






  • Butterflies Belong Here is a powerful story of everyday activism and hope. In this moving story of community conservation, a girl finds a home in a new place and a way to help other small travelers. This book is about the real change children c...



  • This stunning picture book offers a riveting account of African American explorer Matthew Henson's 1909 journey to the North Pole with Admiral Peary.Matthew Henson was born just after the Civil War, a time when slavery had been abolished, but few opp...



  • Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson unearths the heroic stories of Jewish survivors from different countries so that we may never forget the past.As World War II raged, millions of young Jewish people were caught up in the horrors of the Nazis' Fin...



  • Help young readers become young writers with this sweet picture book about a child finding the words to tell his own story! If you’ve ever tried to write a story of your own, you know it’s not as easy as it looks. Words get tangled, pencils ge...



  • This fresh, hilarious retelling of Cinderella—told by the mouse who will become Cinderella's coach horse—has a girl-power ending, a celebration of inclusivity, illustrations by a Caldecott Medalist...and even an explanation of how fairy tal...



  • From award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson comes an utterly charming, deftly crafted mystery about an intrepid young girl's quest to foil a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. Emilia Bassano is a girl who relishes the music of words. Although she...



  • The rights of children—and of all living things—begin in small places, close to home.This is a poetic and moving adaptation of U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights in honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary.In backyards and city park...



  • One small kitten learns about the great big world as he sets sail with his fellow shipmates, animal and human, in this historical fiction intermediate reader.Trim is eager to do a good job on his first day as ship’s cat -- but what is his job? All ...



  • One small kitten learns about the great big world as he sets sail with his fellow shipmates, animal and human, in this historical fiction intermediate reader.When Trim trips over a napping dog, little does he know that soon he’ll set sail and begin...



  • One small kitten learns about the great big world as he sets sail with his fellow shipmates, animal and human, in this historical fiction intermediate reader.Trim like’s being part of the ship’s crew. The captain says that I’s like a family or ...






  • Step into the quiet magic of this celebration of summer nighttime and the mystery of a world lit differently by the moon.On a summer night, the world is still. Even the crickets think it’s too hot to sing. But all at once, a girl wakes. I...



  • One small kitten learns about the great big world as he set sail with his fellow shipmates, animal and human, in this historical fiction intermediate reader.Trim has learned a lot about life at sea. He understands the daily routines and the responsib...


Award-Winning Books by Deborah Hopkinson

Apples to Oregon
2004 Golden Kite -- Picture Book Text
2005 Spur Award -- Storyteller


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Deborah Hopkinson has published 51 books.

The next book by Deborah Hopkinson, Trim Sails the Storm, will be published in July 2024.

The first book by Deborah Hopkinson, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, was published in August 1995.

Yes. Deborah Hopkinson has 1 series.