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Hi! Deb Gonzales here.

I create quality, affordable, project-specific, supplemental materials connecting people with literature. As an educator and fellow author, I am skilled in navigating the needs of the educational and literary worlds.

The intent of this website is to showcase the incredible projects I've been privileged to participate in. Please contact me if you have any questions or desire to discuss a project you'd like to partner with. 

My debut picture book Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Charlesbridge, 2019) is the tenacious history of the female athlete from the first Olympic Games to present day, including the passage of Title IX.

 Stop by Deb's Author Website

Stop by Deb's Author Website

 Podcast coming soon!

Podcast coming soon!

Picture Day Perfection (K-2)

Picture Day Perfection (K-2)

  • Author: Deborah Diesen

  • Illustrator: Dan Santat

  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

  • ISBN: 978-1419708442

  • Synopsis: It’s picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming picture book wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything’s going wrong for him―he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles―because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped and his plan is ruined―the photo looks great.
    Perfectly paired with the larger-than-life silliness of Dan Santat’s illustrations, this is sure to be a schoolroom favorite. It will come bound with a picture frame in the back so readers can add their own class photos to the book.
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Picture Day Perfection (Grades 3-5)

Picture Day Perfection (Grades 3-5)

Dozens of Cousins

Dozens of Cousins