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Russell Freedman

About Russell Freedman

Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman is the author of nearly fifty nonfiction books for children and young adults. He is a winner of the 2014 Kerlan Award of the Children's Literature Research Collections of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Changing Times

I’ve been writing nonfiction books for young readers, mainly history and biography, for more than fifty years — since the days of typewriters and invented dialogue. Along the way I’ve seen some major changes in the way the historical record is researched, interpreted, and presented. One huge change is the look of today’s nonfiction. Back […]

Why I Voted for Lincoln and Roosevelt

Recently, I was discussing presidential politics with a naturalized citizen who came to this country from Malaysia as a scholarship student in 1969. When she left home, her parents took her to the airport in Kuala Lumpur, where she would set out on her long journey to a different culture and a new life. Before […]