Early life and education
Heiligman grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She attended William Allen High School (from which she later received a Distinguished Alumni Award), and graduated from Brown University.
Heiligman started her writing career working for Scholastic News Explorer, the 4th grade classroom magazine. After the birth of her two children she started to work as a freelance writer. In addition to her books for children and teens, she has written articles for major publications including The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer and for numerous magazines including Ladies' Home Journal, Sesame Street Parents Guide and Parents Magazine.
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor book and winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. It was also a National Book Award finalist and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 'Intentions' was the winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen readers.
In 2014 Heiligman lives in New York City with her husband, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Weiner, who is a professor at Columbia University School of Journalism. They have two grown sons.
- Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship" (2019)
- Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers (2017)
- The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös (2013)
- Snow Dog, Go Dog (2013)
- Intentions (2012)
- Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (2009)
- Cool Dog, School Dog (2009)
- Holidays Around the World series:
- Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Presents and Peace (2007)
- Celebrate Easter with Colored Eggs, Flowers, and Prayer (2007)
- Celebrate Halloween with Pumpkins, Costumes and Candy (2007)
- Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels (2006)
- Celebrate Independence Day with Parades, Picnics and Fireworks (2007)
- Celebrate Passover with Matzah, Maror, and Memories (2007)
- Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr with Praying, Fasting and Charity (2006)
- Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Honey, Prayers and the Shofar (2007)
- Celebrate Thanksgiving with Turkey, Family and Counting Blessings (2006)
- Fun Dog, Sun Dog (2005)
- High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy (2003)
- Honeybees (2002)
- Babies: All You Need to Know (2002)
- Earthquakes (2002)
- The Mysterious Ocean Highway: Benjamin Franklin and the Gulf Stream (2000)
- Mike Swan, Sink or Swim (1998)
- The Story of the Titanic (1998)
- The Kid’s Guide to Research (1998)
- Too Perfect (EEEK! Stories to Make You Shriek) (1996)
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly (1996)
- On the Move (1996)
- Mark Leakey: In Search of Human Beginnings (1995)
- Barbara McClintock: Alone in Her Field (1994)
- Into the Night (1990)
- Beth Schwartzapfel. “When Grown-Ups Fail”, Brown University Alumni Magazine, July/August 2012.
- ""American Library Association 2010 Literary Award Winners"". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "Children's Book Review: Intentions by Deborah Heiligman". www.publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Lowman, Stephen. "Marriage of opposites: Darwin and his devout wife", The Washington Post, 26 October 2009. Retrieved on 5 July 2013.
- "2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL - Children's Book Council". www.cbcbooks.org. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Silver, Nate (12 July 2013). "'The Boy Who Loved Math' and 'On a Beam of Light'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "INTENTIONS by Deborah oHeiligman - Kirkus". www.kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Barcott, Bruce (10 May 2009). "The Darwins' Prenup". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
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- "Celebrate Halloween with Pumpkins, Costumes and Candy - Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Review". lookingglassreview.com. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "Riview of Fun Dog, Sun Dog" Booklist Online, 2005. (subscription required)
- Krulwich, Robert. "Death Of Child May Have Influenced Darwin's Work", NPR, 12 February 2009. Retrieved on 10 January 2013.