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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.

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 Podcast coming soon!

Podcast coming soon!

Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures

Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures

Author: Debra Toor

ISBN: 978-1616335717

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Synopsis: This peer-reviewed narrative is crammed with scientific facts based on the extensive field research of leading American and Canadian raptor biologists. Click Amazon's Debra Toor Author Page below to discover Accredited Contributors' research and professional profiles.


Watch the BOOK TRAILER  (on Debra Toor's Author Page) for a sneak peak:  What makes vultures unique? What two weird defense tricks do turkey vultures use to freak out their predators? A turkey vulture's hiss sounds like ... an industrial vacuum.


Explore these and other adaptations as you join mother vulture on a hunt to feed her chicks. The turkey vulture lacks swift aerial moves, talons that stab, jaws that crush. It can't even defend itself against attackers, kill its prey, or hunt without thermals. Yet there are many things this vulture can do.


Storytelling techniques are combined with scientific facts and captivating photographs. Backmatter includes fun activities to reinforce scientific concepts. Bonus Value: A free Teacher's Guide (Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards aligned) is also available on the author's website.


Why should kids learn about vultures? As future decision makers, kids need to learn about vultures´╗┐ ´╗┐and their vital ecosystem services. The recent Asian vulture crisis (which saw 3 species of Gyps vultures collapse by nearly 96% over a 10 year period during the late 1990s) has provided scientific evidence that vultures provide the essential ecosystem services of purifying ecosystems and preventing the spread of diseases. (Statistic source from the 2015 Scientific Study: Another Continental Vulture Crisis: Africa's Vultures Collapsing toward Extinction. Conservation Letters.)

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