The inspiring new children’s book, Beauty and the BeakHow Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, has won the highest honor in children’s book publishing given by a scientific organization, the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Beauty and the Beak is the true story of the Bald Eagle who made world news after she was illegally shot, leaving her without a top beak.


Inspiring Story About a Bald Eagle

The book captures how, after Beauty’s rescue, a raptor biologist, engineer, and dentist collaborated to create a 3D-printed prosthetic beak, followed by surgery to attach the beak, leading to the heartening moment when Beauty took her first drink of water with her new beak.

Written by bestselling children’s author Deborah Lee Rose and raptor biologist Jane Veltkamp, who led Beauty’s beak engineering team, the book includes expanded information from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology about Bald Eagles, their near extinction in most of the United States, and their comeback thanks to conservation efforts.


Human Compassion and Technology Working Together

“In a time when science and technology are advancing so rapidly, and our environment is in such great need of protection, Beauty’s unique story brings together many STEM threads. We hope our book, about how human compassion and technology together helped rescue a majestic Bald Eagle, will engage and inspire not only children, but parents, teachers, scientists, engineers, and many others,” said coauthors Jane Veltkamp and Deborah Lee Rose.

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle is published by Persnickety Press, the sister imprint of the Cornell Lab Publishing Group.

Grab a copy of this delightful book here.