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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Deborah Marcero  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: , in


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Illinois Connection

Marcero lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deborah Marcero is an artist and author. She received a BFA in drawing, printmaking, and photography from the University of Michigan, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing. After teaching in Chicago Public Schools as a Literacy Specialist, Deborah realized that writing and creating books for kids was how she wanted to spend her life.

Besides writing and illustrating her own books, Marcero also illustrates books for other authors.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Ursa's Light
ISBN: 144131881X

Peter Pauper Press. 2016

One night Ursa had an idea.
An amazing idea.
A wild idea
She was going to fly!


It was such a crazy idea that no one believed she could do it. She was a bear, for goodness sake, and bears don't fly! Or do they . . . ?

  • Ages 4 to 8.
  • Hardcover picture book with dust jacket.
  • Full color throughout.
  • 8-3/4 inches wide by 11-1/4 inches high.
  • 32 pages.
Deborah Marcero received her BFA in drawing photography from the University of Michigan and her MFA in poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She loves to draw, write, doodle, make silly drawings, and jot down things she notices in the world around her. This is her debut picture book.

Sadie's Story (Backyard Witch)
ISBN: 0062338390

Greenwillow Books. 2016

A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her—with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will Sadie ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood—and herself—with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann—writing together and for younger readers for the first time—have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s young novels.

Rosie and Crayon
ISBN: 1441322876

Peter Pauper Press. 2017

Rosie and her pup, named Crayon, lead readers through the colorful seasons of growing up together and what it means to love . . . and then experience loss. After a long, colorful life, Crayon dies, and Rosie s world becomes black and white. We follow along as she processes her grief and embarks on the most important journey of all -- opening one s heart to love again.

  • 34 pages
  • Hardcover with dust jacket
  • 8-3/4 inches wide by 11-1/4 inches high
Deborah Marcero received her BFA in drawing and photography from the University of Michigan, and her MFA in poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her debut childrens picture book, Ursa s Light, received a Starred Review from Booklist, which described it as ''a visual standout.'' Rosie and Crayon is Deborah s second Peter Pauper Press picture book.

Jess's Story (Backyard Witch)
ISBN: 0062338420

Greenwillow Books. 2017

The second book of the Backyard Witch series by acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, starring Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears just when you need her. Booklist called Jess’s Story a “humorous, bewitching tale.” A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean, Clementine, and the Food Network!

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis—you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her mother, who is a chef. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let’s just say the attempt goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Ms. M doesn’t save the day herself she helps everyone save it themselves.

Acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge have a knack for sly, gentle humor satisfying challenges and triumphs and magical dazzle. Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers. Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening.

Twinderella, A Fractioned Fairy Tale
ISBN: 0399176330

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2017

Have you heard the story of Cinderella? Well, you don't know the half of it.

Cinderella had a twin sister, Tinderella. They each did half the housework, half the mending, and half the mean step-sister tending. But when they meet only one prince, what will they do?

The whole story has twice the magic and double the fun!

From the author The Three Ninja Pigs comes the fractioned fairy tale of Cinderella and her less-famous sister.

Maya's Story (Backyard Witch)
ISBN: 0062338455

Greenwillow Books. 2018

The third book of the Backyard Witch series stars a spelling bee almost-champion, an imaginary chicken, and Ms. M, the mysterious witch who always appears when you need her.

From acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, this fun-filled friendship story is just right for fans of Ivy + Bean, Dory Fantasmagory, and Clementine.

Maya has been preparing for the school spelling bee F-O-R-E-V-E-R. She spells every unusual word she hears and even enlists her best friends, Sadie and Jess, to help her practice. But on the day of the bee, something terrible happens—Maya loses. To Sadie.

Enter Ms. M, who is substituting for the school librarian. Ms. M always knows just how to make everyone feel better . . . but she also always brings a little mischief. This time it involves a library poltergeist and an imaginary chicken!

Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers.

My Heart Is a Compass
ISBN: 0316561762

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2018

In this celebration of the power of imagination, a creative girl on a mission to bring something new to the world becomes a storyteller and inventor of intricately detailed maps.

Rose's heart is set on discovering something that's never been found. She just doesn't know where to find it. So she sets off on a wondrous journey, bounding from one spectacular world to the next. Her only guides are a set of maps drawn from her own imagination and her heart's desire to explore new and exciting worlds.

In this moving story of a trailblazing spirit, Rose follows her compass, and explores her creativity in a one-of-a-kind search through a collection of intricate maps that readers will love to get lost in.


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