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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judith Bloom Fradin  

Pen Name: Judith Fradin

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Non-Fiction

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Fradin is a native Chicagoan. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois. She graduated from Northwestern University and earned her master's degree at Northeastern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judith Fradin has co-authored more than 65 children’s and young adult books with her late husband, renowned writer Dennis Fradin. Starting in the 1990s, Judy began helping Dennis research and write a 52-book series about the states, ''From Sea to Shining Sea'', for Children’s Press. When those books were completed, they collaborated on ''Who Was Sacagawea?'' Their next joint venture, the young adult biography ''Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement'' became a Society for Midland Authors and a SCBWI award winner. More award-winning Fradin and Fradin biographies followed: ''The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine'', ''Five Thousand Miles to Freedom'' and ''Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy.'' They also wrote a series called ''WITNESS TO DISASTER'' for National Geographic Children’s Books which include: Volcanoes, Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes, Droughts and Tornadoes.

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Titles At Your Library


-- """Ida B. Wells""" *Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, Bank Street College of Education, 2001 *Children's Books of Distinction Award, Riverbank Review, 2001 *Smithsonian Book of the Year, 2001 """The Power of One""" *Golden Kite Honor Book for Non-fiction, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2004 *Carter G. Woodson Award, American Library Association, 2005 """Volcano!""" *ILLLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014