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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
-- 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.


Published Works

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


Selected Titles At Your Library

The price of freedom :
ISBN: 0802721664. OCLC Number:

Walker Books for Young Readers,. New York :. 2013.

Documents the efforts of an Ohio community to secure the freedom of escaped slave John Price, examining various aspects of Price's escape from Kentucky, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, and the heroic showdown.

Zora! :
ISBN: 0547006950. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. Boston :. c2012.

A biography of African American author Zora Neale Hurston.

Stolen into slavery :
ISBN: 1426309376. OCLC Number:

National Geographic Society,. Washington, D.C. :. 2012.

The true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and spent 12 years as a slave on deadly Louisiana coastal plantations.

Tornado! :
ISBN: 1426307799. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2011.

Contains first-hand accounts of tornadoes in the United States, explains why and how tornadoes happen, and discusses ways to stay safe.

Volcano! /
ISBN: 1426308159. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2010.

Discusses volcanoes, why they erupt, the damage they cause, and what science can do to predict their eruptions, and includes true stories of encounters with volcanoes.

Tsunamis /
ISBN: 0792253809. OCLC Number:

National Geographic Society,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2008.

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

Earthquakes :
ISBN: 1426302118. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2008.

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

Droughts /
ISBN: 1426303394. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2008.

Describes droughts (with special eyewitness accounts of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s) and the far-reaching effects of these disasters. Chapters alternate between history and science to bring home the awesome power of nature's fury.

The Salem witch trials /
ISBN: 076143013X. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,. Tarrytown, NY :. ©2009.

"Covers the Salem Witch Trials as a watershed event in U.S. history, influencing social, economic, and political policies that shaped the nation's future"--Provided by publisher.

Volcanoes /
ISBN: 0792253760. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, DC :. 2007.

Provides first-person reports of those who've witnessed the violent rage of a volcanic eruption.

Hurricanes /
ISBN: 1426201117. OCLC Number:

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. 2007.

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.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition /
ISBN: 0761420444. OCLC Number:

Marshall Cavendish Benchmark,. New York :. ©2008.

Describes the historic expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark that paved the way for the westward expansion of the United States.

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

National Geographic,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2006.

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.

Jane Addams :
ISBN: 0618504362. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2006.

From the Publisher: Most people know Jane Addams (1860-1935) as the force behind Hull House, one of the first settlement houses in the United States. She was also an ardent suffragist and civil rights activist, co-founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union. But it was her work as a pacifist that put her in the international spotlight. Although many people labeled her "unpatriotic" for her pacifist activities, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and, at the time of her death, Jane Addams was one of the most respected and admired women in the world. In this well-researched and inspiring account, acclaimed husband-and-wife team, Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin, draw upon hundreds of historical documents and archival photographs to create a revealing portrait of the woman whose very way of life made her an American icon.

The power of one :
ISBN: 061831556X. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2004.

Born in a small town in rural Arkansas, Daisy Bates was a journalist and activist who became one of the foremost civil rights leaders in America. In 1957 she mentored the nine black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Fight on! :
ISBN: 0618133496. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2003.

Profiles the first black Washington, D.C. Board of Education member, who helped to found the NAACP and organized of pickets and boycotts that led to the 1953 Supreme Court decision to integrate D.C. area restaurants.

Mount Washington
ISBN: 0673618595. OCLC Number:

Celebration Press,. Parsippany, N.J. :. ©2003.

Who was Albert Einstein? /
ISBN: 0448424851. OCLC Number:

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Recounts the life of the scientist whose theories of relativity revolutionized the way we look at space and time.

Ida B. Wells :
ISBN: 0395898986. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2000.

Story of Ida B. Wells, one of the great, yet one of the least known, civil rights leaders. A promised journalist, she is remembered for her leadership in women's voting rights, the NAACP, and anti-lynching.

Connecticut /
ISBN: 051626124X. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1997.

Presents history, geography, and interesting facts about Connecticut.

Indiana from sea to shining sea.
ISBN: 0516261258. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1997.

Washington from sea to shining sea.
ISBN: 0516261290. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1997.

Mississippi /
ISBN: 0516038249. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

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

Nevada /
ISBN: 0516038281. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

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

Puerto Rico /
ISBN: 0516038567. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Presents a history and description of this popular vacationland located 1,050 miles southeast of Miami, Florida.

Rhode Island /
ISBN: 0516038397. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

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

Louisiana from sea to shining sea.
ISBN: 0516438182. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1995.

Delaware /
ISBN: 0516038087. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

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

Oklahoma /
ISBN: 0516038362. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Discusses the history, places of interest, and famous people of Oklahoma.

Oregon /
ISBN: 0516038370. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

An introduction to the geography, history, people, cities, and famous sites of the Pacific Coast state known as the Wonder State.

Georgia /
ISBN: 0516438107. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1991.

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

Maine from sea to shining sea.
ISBN: 0516438190. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1995.

Minnesota /
ISBN: 0516038230. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Takes the reader on a tour of the state called "The North Star State," emphasizing its geography, history, government, and culture.

Missouri /
ISBN: 0516438255. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

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

North Dakota /
ISBN: 0516038346. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

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

West Virginia /
ISBN: 0516038486. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

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

Massachusetts from sea to shining sea.
ISBN: 0516438212. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1994.

New Mexico /
ISBN: 051643831X. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1993.

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

Wyoming /
ISBN: 0516038508. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

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


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.