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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judith Bloom Fradin  

Pen Name: Judith Fradin

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1945 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.scbwi-illinois.org/Fradin.html
-- Website -- http://www.ngchildrensbooks.org/c/aboutauthor.web?nocache@2+s@EaRHMAKD.ktqA+record@C1040
-- Judith Bloom Fradin on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=judith+bloom+fradin

E-Mail: -- 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

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.


Awards

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

Speaking Engagements

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

5000 miles to freedom :
ISBN: 0792278852. OCLC Number: 61118174

National Geographic,. .

Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.

Connecticut
ISBN: 0516038079. OCLC Number: 29548483

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the geography, history, people, cities, and famous sites of the northeastern state know as the Constitution State.

Earthquakes :
ISBN: 9781426309793. OCLC Number: 760089531

National Geographic,. .

Describes the earthquake in Alaska in 1964 as told by eyewitness accounts of this disaster.

Hurricanes
ISBN: 9781426201110. OCLC Number: 86115546

National Geographic,. .

Step into the eye of the storm. Follow the action, from the first news reports of a hurricane called Katrina gathering out at sea, to eyewitness accounts of those who survive the epic devastation she finally wreaks along the Gulf Coast. Then look back at the history of these catastrophic storms and examine the science of hurricanes. How do they form? Why do they rage through the same regions? Which were the deadliest hurricanes in history? And how can scientists predict their landfall? All the answers are here, in an exciting narrative brought to life with stunning National Geographic photography of storm-ravaged landscapes and cities. The book's informative back matter contains all the facts that report-writers need, and includes a complete list of sources to find out more about this fearsome phenomenon. This season, Hurricanes will score a direct hit with children everywhere.

Indiana
ISBN: 0516038141. OCLC Number: 29876969

Childrens Press,. .

An overview of the Hoosier State, introducing its history, geography, industries, sites of interest, and famous people.

Kansas
ISBN: 0516038168. OCLC Number: 32051655

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the history, geography, important people, and interesting sites of Kansas.

Louisiana
ISBN: 0516038184. OCLC Number: 31239514

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the geography, history, people, cities, and famous sites of the southern state known as the Creole State.

Missouri
ISBN: 0516038257. OCLC Number: 28927334

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the history, geography, industries, important people, and interesting sites of Missouri.

New Mexico
ISBN: 0516038311. OCLC Number: 27812536

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the geography, history, people, cities, and famous sites of the large southwestern state known as The Land of Enchantment.

South Dakota
ISBN: 0516038419. OCLC Number: 31434673

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the history, geography, important people, and interesting sites of South Dakota.

Tsunamis
ISBN: 9781426309809. OCLC Number: 759512534

National Geographic Society,. .

The words and photographs of people who have witnessed tsunamis, along with the science, history, and protection efforts surrounding this watery disaster.

Washington
ISBN: 0516038478. OCLC Number: 30110437

Childrens Press,. .

An introduction to the history, geography, important people, and interesting sites of the state of Washington.

Zora! :
ISBN: 9780547534152. OCLC Number: 820859041

Clarion Books,. .

Zora Neale Hurston was confident, charismatic, and determined to be extraordinary. As a young woman, Hurston lived and wrote alongside such prominent authors asLangston Hughes and Alain Locke during the Harlem Renaissance. But unfortunately, despite writing the luminary work Their Eyes Were Watching God, she was always shortof money. Though she took odd jobs as a housemaid and as the personal assistant toan actress, Zora often found herself in abject poverty. Through it all, Zora kept writing. And though none of her books sold more than a thousand copies while she was alive, she was rediscovered a decade later by a new generation of readers, who knew theyhad found an important voice of American Literature.