Judy Fradin is the co-author, along with her late husband Dennis, of more than 50 non-fiction children's and young adult books on topics ranging from biographies to natural disasters to African American history to the Lewis and Clark expedition. Their IDA B. WELLS: MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT won the Flora Steiglitz Straus award as well as the Golden Kite honor plaque. STOLEN INTO SLAVERY was a Carter Woodson award winner, as was THE POWER OF ONE: DAISY BATES AND THE LITTLE ROCK NINE. WHO WAS SACAGAWEA? was the Fradins' first collaboration for the WHO WAS? series. Between 2007 and 2015, Judy was a professor of Children's Literature and Minority Literature at National Louis University.
The author of more than 225 children's and young adult non-fiction books, Dennis Brindell Fradin was the winner of many awards, including the Flora Steiglitz Straus best non-fiction book of the year, two Carter Woodson awards, a Golden Kite honor plaque, and three Society of Midland Authors Best Book prizes, Dennis prided himself on writing graceful, readable prose for young people. A born storyteller, the decade he spent as a second-grade teacher helped him perfect his fluid style of writing for children.