Deborah Marcero is an author-illustrator with a passion for storytelling in many media. Her picture book titles include My Heart Is A Compass (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) and In A Jar (Putnam).

Her books have been chosen as a Library Guild Selection and translated into four languages. She is also the illustrator of chapter books and picture book titles including Twinderella by Corey Rosen Schwartz (Putnam) and The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars by Isabelle Marinov (Enchanted Lion).

Deborah has a BFA from the University of Michigan in drawing, photography and printmaking, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in poetry, and a teaching certification from Northwestern University. During her tenure as a Literacy Specialist in Chicago Public Schools, Deborah was teaching a Young Authors unit to her fifth graders and realized that making books for children was what she wanted to do with her life. Deborah lives, draws and writes in Michigan. You can find more of Deborah’s books and drawings at


MFA - Poetry | SAIC

BFA - Drawing, Photography & Printmaking | University of Michigan

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Louise Hawes

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