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Browse through the above selections to see examples of Don’s published and unpublished books, graphic works, sketches and ideas.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Book Fair in March 2009 about Don, Corduroy, my relationship to my father, and the new projects involving Don’s unpublished stories.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.

Latest News

Audio Downloads

Audio Downloads

July 11th, 2013

Our partners and friends, Alan and Sharon Scofield have also refurbished their website click here to download Alan’s great readings of Don Freeman stories!

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New iPad App: Chalk Box

New iPad App: Chalk Box

May 24th, 2013

Don’s The Chalk Box Story is now available as an educational interactive app for iPad, made by Auryn Inc. If you would like to...

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The all new DonFreeman.info

The all new DonFreeman.info

May 23rd, 2013

The new DonFreeman.info site is online! The old DonFreeman.info site stopped working a while ago and while the content was still accessible it no...

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