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Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is an American biographer and the author of nearly 50 books for young people. He may be known best for winning the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography.[1]

Books were an important part of Freedman's childhood. His father worked for a publishing company, and his mother worked in a bookstore.

He attended college first at San Jose State University and then University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in English Literature. After college, Freedman was drafted into the armed forces and served in the Korean War.

After his return from war, Freedman worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pressin San Francisco until the mid-1950s, when he took an advertising job in Manhattan. It was during this time that Freedman wrote his first novel after reading an article about a blind teenage boy who invented a Braille typewriter. The book, Teenagers Who Made History, was published in 1961. After its publication, Freedman quit his job and became a full time writer.[2]

In 1998 Freedman received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the professional children's librarians, which recognizes a living author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made "a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children". At the time it was awarded every three years.[3]

He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals.[4]

Freedman currently lives in New York City.

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  2. ^ "Russell Freedman". ASTAL - Rhode Island College. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
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  4. ^ "6 Academics Receive National Honors in Arts and Humanities", Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 16, 2007. summary

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