Judith Bloom Fradin

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General Information

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Name: Judith Bloom Fradin

Pen Name: Judith Fradin

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: www.scbwi-illinois.org/Fradin.html

Website: http://www.ngchildrensbooks.org/c/aboutauthor.web?nocache@2+s@EaRHMAKD.ktqA+record@C1040

Email: yudiff@aol.com


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

Fradin has co-authored more than 150 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.

Published Works

  • Wyoming, Children's Press, 1994 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • New Mexico, Children's Press, 1994 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Massachusetts, Children's Press, 1994 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • West Virginia, Children's Press, 1994 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • North Dakota, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Missouri, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Minnesota, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Maine, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Georgia, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Oregon, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Oklahoma, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Delaware, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Louisiana, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Rhode Island, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Puerto Rico, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Nevada, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Mississippi, Children's Press, 1995 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Washington, Children's Prss, 1997 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Indiana, Children's Press, 1997 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Connecticut, Children's Press, 1997 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Kansas, Children's Press, 1998 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Ida B. Wells, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Clarion, 2000 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Who Was Sacagawea, Clarion, 2002 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Mount Washington, Celebration Press, 2003
  • South Dakota, Topeka Bindery, 2003
  • Fight On, Mary Church Terrell`s Battle for Integraton, Clarion, 2003 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine, Clarion Books, 2004 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy, Clarion Books, 2006 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • 5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery, National Geographic Children's Books, 2006 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Benchmark Books, 2007 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Witness to Disaster: Hurricanes, National Geographic Children's Books, 2007 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Witness to Disaster: Volcanoes, National Geographic Children's Books, 2007 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • The Salem Witch Trials, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008 - written with Dennis B. Fradin
  • Witness to Disaster: Droughts, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Witness to Disaster: Earthquakes, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Witness to Disaster: Tsunamis, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Volcano!: The Icelandic Eruption of 2010 and Other Hot, Smoky, Fierce, and Fiery Mountains, National Geographic Children's Books, 2010 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms, National Geographic Children's Books, 2011 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man, National Geographic Children's Books, 2011 - written with Dennis Fradin
  • Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, Clarion Books, 2012 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin
  • The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery, Walker Childrens, 2013 - written with Dennis Brindell Fradin

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Wyoming (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038508
Release Date: 1996-03

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New Mexico (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 051643831X
Release Date: 1994-08

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Massachusetts from Sea to Shining Sea

ISBN: 0516438212
Release Date: 1994-09

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West Virginia (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038486
Release Date: 1996-09

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North Dakota (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038346
Release Date: 1996-10

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Missouri from Sea to Shining Sea

ISBN: 0516438255
Release Date: 1995-03

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Minnesota (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038230
Release Date: 1996-07

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Maine from Sea to Shining Sea

ISBN: 0516438190
Release Date: 1995-03

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Georgia from Sea to Shining Sea

ISBN: 0516438107
Release Date: 1995-03

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Oregon (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038370
Release Date: 1996-04

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Oklahoma (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038362
Release Date: 1995-04

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Delaware (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038087
Release Date: 1996-04

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Louisiana - From Sea to Shinin (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516438182
Release Date: 1995-09

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Rhode Island (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038397
Release Date: 1997-10

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Puerto Rico (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038567
Release Date: 1996-10

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Nevada (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038281
Release Date: 1996-10

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Mississippi (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516038249
Release Date: 1996-10

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Washington (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516261290
Release Date: 1997-03

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Indiana (From Sea to Shining Sea)

ISBN: 0516261258
Release Date: 1997-03

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Connecticut from Sea to Shining Sea

ISBN: 051626124X
Release Date: 1997-04

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Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

ISBN: 0395898986
Release Date: 2000-01-17

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Who Was Sacagawea?

ISBN: 0448424851
Release Date: 2002-02-18

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Mount Washington (Developmental Reading Assessment)

ISBN: 0673618595
Release Date: 2003

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South Dakota

ISBN: 0613546792
Release Date: 1995-09

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Fight On!: Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration

ISBN: 0618133496
Release Date: 2003-04-20

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The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine (Golden Kite Honors)

ISBN: 061831556X
Release Date: 2004-12-20

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Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy

ISBN: 0618504362
Release Date: 2006-12-11

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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery

ISBN: 0792278852
Release Date: 2006-01-24

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The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Turning Points in U.S. History)

ISBN: 0761420444
Release Date: 2007-09-01

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Witness to Disaster: Hurricanes

ISBN: 1426201117
Release Date: 2007-09-11

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Witness to Disaster: Volcanoes

ISBN: 0792253760
Release Date: 2007-08-28

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Salem Witch Trials (Turning Points in U.S. History)

ISBN: 076143013X
Release Date: 2008-09-01

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Witness to Disaster: Droughts

ISBN: 1426303394
Release Date: 2008-09-09

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Witness to Disaster: Earthquakes

ISBN: 1426302118
Release Date: 2008-04-08

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Volcano!: The Icelandic Eruption of 2010 and Other Hot, Smoky, Fierce, and Fiery Mountains (National Geographic Kids)

ISBN: 1426308159
Release Date: 2010-07-13

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Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (National Geographic Kids)

ISBN: 1426307799
Release Date: 2011-04-12

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The Price of Freedom: How One Town Stood Up to Slavery

ISBN: 0802721664
Release Date: 2013-01-08

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Literary Awards

Judy and her husband, Dennis, have won many awards for their books:

Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

  • Society for Midland Authors young adult non-fiction award

The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine

  • 2004 SCBWI Golden Kite Honor book award
  • Society for Midland Authors young adult non-fiction award

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery

  • One of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of the Year
  • Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

The Signers: The 56 Stories Behind the Declaration of Independence

  • ALA Notable Award
  • ABC Choice Award
  • IRA Teacher’s Choice Award

Volcano!

  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Judy Fradin LOVES visiting elementary and middle schools, where she shares information about how an idea develops into a book as well as practical writing tips. Judy has spectacular slideshows for each of her WITNESS TO DISASTER books as well as for Who Was Sacagawea? and The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Her Underground Railroad Quilt presentation features pictures she obtained for Bound For the North Star, Dennis’s collection of true slave-escape stories.

External Links

Judith Bloom Fradin on WorldCat

Judith Bloom Fradin on Amazon

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