Welcome to the official site about Don Freeman
Don is known to many people as the author of Corduroy and other children’s books. He is also known as a graphic artist who vividly portrayed the street life and theater world of New York City in the 1930’s and 40’s. On this website, I try to present these different aspects of my father who died in 1978, but whose work is still alive.
Browse through the above selections to see examples of Don’s published and unpublished books, graphic works, sketches and ideas. There is also a section with information for teachers, would-be-writers, and young readers. You can also find biographical information on Don, New York, the Art Students League, and other artists that he knew.
Don’s wife, Lydia Cooley Freeman, co-authored some of Don’s children books such as Chuggy and the Blue Caboose and Pet of the Met. She was also a very talented artist who continued to paint and sketch until her death in 1999 in Switzerland at the ripe age of 92 years. Her paintings and books are presented on Lydia’s website.
In addition, for those interested in what it was like for me to grow up with Don there are some personal posts written in 2009. Things change, life’s one rule, and a slightly updated version (September 2010) can be found as some things take a while, written after the publication of One More Acorn “with” my father. There is also link to a podcast I gave to Susan Raab at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2009 about Don, Corduroy, my relationship to my father, and the new projects involving Don’s unpublished stories.
In offering this material on the Internet, I am trying to do justice to Don’s broad, humorous, and life-loving creativity. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me, Roy Freeman. Browse around, I hope you like what you see.