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This Month's Classroom Picks . . . Explore U.S. History with Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman

Award-winning author Russell Freedman's newest masterwork is VIETNAM: A History of the War which has already garnered four starred reviews! This is only one of the many books for children and young adults that make up an astounding American History collection from the American Revolution to Civil Rights. Many of his books have educator's guides written by Pat Scales which enrich the classroom experience. See below for more about Russell Freedman plus the full list of titles to start sharing in your classroom or library.


“Like every other writer, a nonfiction writer is essentially a storyteller. Whatever my subject, I always feel that I have a story to tell that is worth telling, and so I want to tell it as clearly and simply and effectively as I can, in a way that will stretch the reader’s imagination and make that reader care.”—Russell Freedman


Explore U.S. History with RUSSELL FREEDMAN

BECAUSE THEY MARCHED
The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America
HC: 9780823429219 / PB: 9780823435685
Educator’s Guide

BECOMING BEN FRANKLIN
How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
HC: 9780823423743
Educator’s Guide

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
illustrated by Peter Malone
HC: 9780823422661 / PB: 9780823429158
Educator’s Guide

FREEDOM WALKERS
The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
HC: 9780823420315 / PB: 9780823421954
Educator’s Guide

GIVE ME LIBERTY!
The Story of the Declaration of Independence
HC: 9780823414482 / PB: 9780823417537

INDIAN CHIEFS
HC: 9780823406258 / PB: 9780823409716

AN INDIAN WINTER
HC: 9780823409303

VIETNAM
A History of the War
HC: 9780823436583
Educator’s Guide

WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE
HC: 9780823420698
Educator’s Guide


THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

How They Invented the Airplane
HC: 9780823408757 / PB: 9780823410828

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RUSSELL FREEDMAN, well known for his riveting biographies and masterful historical accounts, is one of the most honored writers for children. His many awards include the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honors, the Robert F. Sibert Award, a Sibert Honor, the Orbis Pictus Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for a “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, has called Russell Freedman “America’s Historian for Young People.”

Russell Freedman grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. After serving with the Second Infantry Division during the Korean War, he worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, and later as a publicist for several network television shows. His first book, Teenagers Who Made History, was published in 1961. Since then he has been a full-time writer. Russell Freedman lives in New York City and has traveled the globe to gather material for his works.

This Month's Picks


Vietnam
A History of the War
by Russell Freedman

Grades: FIFTH

CCSS

Newbery Medalist Russell Freedman's Vietnam is a concise history of the protracted and controversial war in Indochina.

In an enthralling book, Russell Freedman provides a succinct account of perhaps the most puzzling and contentious of America's wars. Describing how a superpower caught up in Cold War politics became increasingly enmeshed in a conflict over 8,000 miles away, he then explains why twenty years later an exit was so difficult. In words and photographs he chronicles the unfolding events in Vietnam and at home as increasing numbers of young men were sent into the jungles to fight. After assessing the catastrophic damage, Freedman concludes the book with a hopeful epilogue on Vietnam today.

A glossary, source notes, bibliography and index are included.

★★★THE REVIEWS ARE IN!★★★

★ “In an excellent study of the Vietnam War that examines the conflict and its aftermath from multiple angles, Freedman (We Will Not Be Silent) again tackles a complex historical event and breaks it down into an accessible account for young readers. . . . Poignant."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “A clear-eyed view of a watershed event.”—School Library Journal, starred review


★ “Solid history that doesn't shy away from difficult truths and important moral and political lessons."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Absorbing, concise, . . . stellar. . . . The text concludes with a thought-provoking and hopeful chapter on the reconciliation between the once embattled enemies. . . . A must for all history shelves."—Booklist, starred review