Russell (Bruce) Freedman

1929 -

(1998 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)


The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years. The award information was retrieved from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library are provided after the citation.


Freedman, Russell. (2012). Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass : the story behind an American friendship. Boston : Clarion Books. 973.709 F855a

A clear-sighted, carefully researched account of two surprisingly parallel lives and how they intersected at a critical moment in U.S. history.

Freedman, Russell. (2006). The adventures of Marco Polo. (Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline). New York : A.A. Levine Books. 910.4 F879a

A look at the life of Marco Polo.

Freedman, Russell. (2013). Angel Island : gateway to Gold Mountain. New York : Clarion Books. 979.4 F853an

A middle-grade history of the "other Ellis Island" traces how Angel Island served as an entry point for one million Asian immigrants to the United States in the early 20th century, drawing on memoirs, diaries, letters and "wall poems" discovered at the facility long after it closed to describe the center's screening process, immigration policies and eventual renaissance as a historic site.

Freedman, Russell. (1999). Babe Didrikson Zaharias : the making of a champion. New York : Clarion Books. 921 Z193f

A biography of Babe Didrikson, who broke records in golf, track and field, and other sports, at a time when there were few opportunities for female athletes.

Freedman, Russell. (2014). Because they marched : the people's campaign for voting rights that changed America. New York : Holiday House. 323.1196 F853be

"To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Newbery Medalist Freedmanpresents a riveting account of this pivotal event in the history of civil rights. In the early 1960s, tensions in the segregated South intensified. Tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma's black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in January, 1965, and was attacked by a segregationist. In February, the shooting of an unarmed demonstrator by an Alabama state trooper inspired a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery. The march got off to a horrific start on March 7 as law officers attacked peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast throughout the world, the violence attracted widespread outrage and spurred demonstrators to complete the march at any cost. On March 25, after several setbacks, protesters arrived at the end of the fifty-four-mile march to a cheering crowd of 25,000 supporters. Illustrated with more than forty photographs, this is an essential chronicle of events every American should know. Includes timeline, source notes, photo credits, bibliography, index."

Freedman, Russell. (2013). Becoming Ben Franklin : how a candle-maker’s son helped light the flame of liberty. New York : Holiday House. 921 F831fr

An introduction to the life of young Benjamin Franklin describes how, as a rebellious teen in 1732, he ran away from his family and a Boston apprenticeship to Philadelphia, and how throughout subsequent decades he rose to become a distinguished statesman, renowned author and world-famous scientist.

Freedman, Russell. (1988). Buffalo hunt. New York : Holiday House. American Indian Learning Resource Center E78.G73 F73 1988

Examines the importance of the buffalo in the lore and day-to-day life of the Indian tribes of the Great Plains and describes hunting methods and the uses found for each part of the animal that could not be eaten.

Freedman, Russell. (2005). Children of the Great Depression. New York : Clarion Books. 305.23 F853c

Life was hard for children during the Great Depression. Many families couldn’t afford new clothes, shoes, sometimes electricity or heat. Some children had to work while others had no home at all. Even so, life had some bright spots like favorite games and radio shows. Illustrated with photographs by notable artists.

Freedman, Russell. (1983). Children of the Wild West. New York : Clarion Books. 305.2 F853c

Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900s.

Freedman, Russell. (2002). Confucius : the golden rule. (Illustrated by Frédéric Clément). New York : Arthur A. Levine Books. 181.112 F853c

Presents the few facts we know about the man we call Confucius. Kong Qiu (or Kongfuzi, Master Kong) taught the Golden Rule and laid out the ideals on which democratic government is based more than 2500 years ago.

Freedman, Russell. (1985). Cowboys of the wild West. New York : Clarion Books. 978 F853c

Describes, in text and illustrations, the duties, clothes, equipment, and day-to-day life of the cowboys who flourished in the west from the 1860’s to the 1890’s.

Freedman, Russell. (1993). Eleanor Roosevelt : a life of discovery. New York : Clarion Books. 973.9 F853e

A photobiography of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.

Freedman, Russell. (1990). Franklin Delano Roosevelt. New York : Clarion Books. 921 R7811f

Photographs and text trace the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt from his birth in 1882 through his youth, early political career, and presidency, to his death in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945.

Freedman, Russell. (2006). Freedom walkers : the story of the Montgomery bus boycott. New York : Holiday House. 323.1196 F853f

Looks at the key personalities and events of the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle in the civil rights movement.

Freedman, Russell. (2000). Give me liberty! : the story of the Declaration of Independence. New York : Holiday House. 973.3 F853g

Describes the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence as well as the personalities and politics behind its framing.

Freedman, Russell. (2003). In defense of liberty : the story of America’s Bill of Rights. New York : Holiday House. 342.73 F853i

Describes the origins, applications of, and challenges to the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that comprise the Bill of Rights.

Freedman, Russell. (2001). In the days of the vaqueros : America’s first true cowboys. New York : Clarion Books. 636.2 F853i

The cowboys of the American West, learned their trade from the vaqueros of Mexico, the first true cowboys.

Freedman, Russell. (1991, c1987). Indian chiefs. New York : Scholastic. American Indian Learning Resource Center E89 .F73 1987

Biographies of six Western Indian chiefs who led their people in a historic moment of crisis, when a decision had to be made about fighting or cooperating with the white pioneers encroaching on their grounds.

Freedman, Russell. (1994, c1992). An Indian winter. (Paintings and drawings by Karl Bodmer). New York : Scholastic Inc. American Indian Learning Resource Center E78.M82 F74 1994

Relates the experiences of a German prince, his servant, and a young Swiss artist as they traveled through the Missouri River Valley in 1833 learning about the territory and its inhabitants and recording their impressions in words and pictures.

Freedman, Russell. (1994). Kids at work : Lewis Hine and the crusade against child labor. (Photographs by Lewis Hine ). New York, N.Y. : Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Co. imprint. 921 H6625f

The story of Lewis Hine, a man whose life work made significant differences in the lives of others, is interwoven with a vivid account of social reforms that were urgently needed as industrialization transformed American society.

Freedman, Russell. (2010). Lafayette and the American Revolution. New York : Holiday House. 921 L161f

An account of Marquis de Lafayette, a young French nobleman, who helped bring victory at Yorktown and became a lifelong friend of George Washington.

Freedman, Russell. (1996). The life and death of Crazy Horse. (Drawings by Amos Bad Heart Bull ). New York : Holiday House. 921 C9119f

A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man’s attempt to take over Indian lands.

Freedman, Russell. (1987). Lincoln : a photobiography. New York, N.Y. : Clarion Books.  921 L736f

Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.

Freedman, Russell. (1998). Martha Graham, a dancer’s life. New York : Clarion Books. 921 G741f

A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.

Freedman, Russell. (1997). Out of darkness : the story of Louis Braille. (Illustrated by Kate Kiesler). New York : Clarion Books. 686.2 F8534o

A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman who, having been blinded himself at the age of three, went on to develop a system of raised dots on paper that enabled blind people to read and write.

Freedman, Russell. (2004). The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights. New York : Clarion Books. 921 A548f

Already acclaimed in the United States and abroad, in 1939, Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall solely because of her race. Her response catapulted her into the center of the civil rights movement of her time and hastened the end of segregation and racial barriers in the arts.

Freedman, Russell. (2010). The war to end all wars : World War I. Boston : Clarion Books. 940.3 F853w

It was called "The War to End All Wars" because no one could believe that mankind would allow another war of this magnitude. It was also called the Great War, because so many nations fought in it. The European conflict of 1914-1919 was the first war in fought with 20th century weapons.

Freedman, Russell. (2008). Washington at Valley Forge. New York : Holiday House. 973.3 F853w

During the harsh winter of 1777-1778, the Revolutionary Army supply lines collapsed. Forced to forage and lacking the most basic supplies, the Army was at its most vulnerable. But when spring came, they marched away from Valley Forge determined to fight together. In 1783, when the British surrendered, George Washington credited the American victory to the volunteer soldiers who survived Valley Forge.

Freedman, Russell. (1981). When winter comes. (Pictures by Pamela Johnson). New York : Dutton. 591.54 F853w

Describes how various animals prepare for and survive the winter season.

Freedman, Russell. (2007). Who was first? : discovering the Americas. New York : Clarion Books. 970 F853w

"For a long time, most people believed that Christopher Columbus was the first explorer to ’discover’ America--the first to make a successful round-trip voyage across the Atlantic. But in recent years, as new evidence has come to light, our understanding of history has changed. We know now that Columbus was among the last explorers to reach the Americas, not the first"--Book jacket.

Freedman, Russell. (1991). The Wright brothers : how they invented the airplane. (Original photographs by Wilbur and Orville Wright ). New York : Holiday House. 921 W947f

Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

Author Information

Freedman, Russell 1929 - (Russell Bruce Freedman). (2012). In Something about the author (Vol. 235, pp. 59-68). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 V. 235

Freedman, Russell 1929 - (Russell Bruce Freedman). (2007). In Something about the author (Vol. 175, pp. 64-71). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 V. 175 & Online

Freedman, Russell (Bruce) 1929- . (2001). In Something about the author (Vol. 123, pp. 37-44). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 v. 123 & Online

Freedman, Russell 1929- . (1993). In Something about the author (Vol. 71, pp. 69-73). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 v. 71 & Online

Freedman, Russell (Bruce) 1929- . (1979). In Something about the author (Vol. 16, pp. 115-117). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 v. 16 & Online

Russell Freedman's Biography (Scholastic)

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