A native Chicagoan, Judy Fradin graduated from Peterson Elementary School and then attended Von Steuben High School. After earning a B.A. from Northwestern University, she taught English at Marshall High School for three years.
Judy then pursued her Masters degree in English at Northeastern Illinois University, where she later taught writing courses. While raising two sons and a daughter, she taught high school and college English and History part-time. She then began acquiring pictures for her husband Dennis's books at the Library of Congress.
In the 1990’s, Judy helped Dennis research and write a series of 52 SEA TO SHINING SEA books about the states. The Fradins then teamed up to write other books as well: WHO WAS SACAGAWEA? ; IDA B. WELLS: MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT; FIGHT ON: MARY CHURCH TERRELL'S BATTLE FOR INTEGRATION and their most recent book, THE POWER OF ONE: DAISY BATES AND THE LITTLE ROCK NINE; and FIVE THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM, the Fradins' book about the Ellen and William Craft slave escape, will be published next spring. Judy also wrote articles for FOOTSTEPS and COBBLESTONE magazines.
Judy Fradin especially enjoys speaking with young readers. This fall, she'll be visiting schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Michigan, and Minnesota as well as in Chicago, the city where she grew up. Today, Mrs. Fradin lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband Dennis and their dog, Max. She is the grandmother of Aaron (6) and Anna (1).