Some die much too you. Age 66 was that for Dennis Fradin, writer, storyteller and teacher. Though the children’s books he wrote numbered close to 300, Mr. Fradin had a talent with miles to go before he died.

An award-wining writer of non-fiction children’s books, Mr. Fradin was born in Chicago, where he was a teacher before settling in Evanston, with his wife, Judith Bloom Fradin. A gifted storyteller and meticulous researcher, Mr. Fradin focused his writer on the United States and its history. He wrote especially vivid stories on slavery, and he wrote about scientific discoveries and natural phenomena. His biographies include those of Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Ida B. wells and Daisy Bates.

Mr. Fradin wrote for children in a style that spoke to them, engaging them and as he gave life to the country’s history and achievements.

Mr. Fradin is survived by Judith, his wife of 44 years, two sons, a daughter, a sister and eight grandchildren.  His spirit will live for generations in them and in his stories.