Author and illustrator Don Freeman, born on August 11, 1908, is well-known for his Corduroy stories and Norman the Doorman (1959). Both titles are enduring favorites of young children who can easily relate to Corduroy’s search for a missing button, wanting to find a home, and Norman’s joy when he wins the prize for the best designed mousetrap. Freeman’s art has appeal for readers of all ages who sense his sincerity and humor.
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have established a grant in Don Freeman’s name. His works are held by major art galleries and libraries including The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the San Francisco Fine Arts Museum, the British Museum, and in the Children’s Literature Resource Collection (Kerlan Collection) at the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Freeman died in 1978.