Don Freeman

1908 - 1978

(2001 Kerlan Award)


The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Library.


Freeman, Don. (1954). Beady Bear. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554be

A toy bear goes off to a cave to live as a real bear should, only to find he needs something more to be truly happy.

Freeman, Don. (1963). Botts : the naughty otter. San Carlos, Calif. : Golden Gate Junior Books. PRIM-FIC F8554bo

Botts wonders why the beavers never play, encourages the young beavers to slide in the snow. But while they’re playing the dam breaks, and it’s up to Botts to save it

Freeman, Don. (1968). Corduroy. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554co

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Freeman, Don. (1964). Dandelion. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554da

Dandelion overdresses for a come-as-you-are party and is turned away because the hostess does not recognize him.

Freeman, Don. (2005). Earl the squirrel. New York : Viking. PRIM-FIC F8554ea

Earl the squirrel learns to gather acorns on his own.

Freeman, Don. (1957). Fly high, fly low. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F855fl

Sid and Midge, a pair of pigeons in San Francisco, face disaster one day while Sid is out getting breakfast. Scenes of San Francisco create background for the story.

Freeman, Don. (1959). Norman the doorman. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554no

Norman, the doorman of a mouse hole in an art museum, desires nothing more in life than to leisurely inspect the art treasures in the upstairs galleries.

Freeman, Don. (1969). Quiet! there's a canary in the library. San Carlos, Calif. : Golden Gate Junior Books. PRIM-FIC F8554qu

Describes Cary's imaginary special day at the library when she would invite only animals and birds to browse.

Freeman, Don. (1969). Tilly Witch. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554ti

Tilly Ipswitch, Queen of Halloween, forgot how to be mean and had to return to finishing school for witches to re-learn the trickery of the trade.

Freeman, Don. (1964). The turtle and the dove. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554tu

A beautiful white dove, blown out to sea in the storm, finds safety on a turtle's back.

Freeman, Don. (1975). Will's quill. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8554wi

A goose named Willoughby visits London, meets a friendly actor-playwright named Shakespeare, and helps make literary history.


Cunningham, Julia. (1970). Burnish me bright. (Pictures by Don Freeman). New York : Pantheon Books. INTR-FIC C973bu

A mute boy, taught to pantomime by a retired actor, is persecuted by villagers because he seems to have a secret.

Sauer, Julia L. (1954). Mike's house. (Illustrated by Don Freeman). New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC S2554mi

Because four-year-old Robert calls the public library "Mike's House," a policeman can't understand Robert's destination when he becomes lost.

Saroyan, William. (1940). My name is Aram. (Illustrated by Don Freeman). New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company. INTR-FIC S2466my

A collection of short stories that, brought together, achieve the unity of a novel, detailing the story of Aram Garoghlanian, an Armenian Tom Sawyer, growing up in California in the early years of the 20th century.

Freeman, Lydia, & Freeman, Don. (1953). Pet of the Met. New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC F8557pe

A mouse who works as a page turner at the Metropolitan Opera House has only one enemy, a cat. During a performance of "The Magic Flute" something magical happens to change their lives.

Sonneborn, Ruth A. (1968). Seven in a bed. (Illustrated by Don Freeman). New York : Viking Press. PRIM-FIC S6996se

Papa meets Mama and the seven children at the airport and takes them to their new home in America. But there are only two beds and "seven children in a bed is too many."

Author Information

Berman, R. (2001). Don Freeman. The Kerlan Awards in children's literature, 1975-2001 (pp. 308-314). St. Paul: Pogo Press. Children REF PN 497 .K47 2001

Don Freeman : Painter, Lithographer, Author, Illustrator

Oral history interview with Don Freeman, 1965 June 4 by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art : Don Freeman,,0_1000011252,00.html

Freeman, Don 1908-1978. (1979). In Something about the author (Vol. 17, pp. 60-69). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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