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Dean Robbins

Dean Robbins is the author of the children’s picture books Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Scholastic); Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote (Knopf); and Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing (Knopf).

His books have been featured on National Public Radio and praised in the New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and other publications. Dean has been interviewed in the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio, and Isthmus. Two Friends was chosen for the Amelia Bloomer List and adapted as an animated film by Weston Woods Studios; Miss Paul and the President was chosen for the 2017 List of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People; and Margaret and the Moon was chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

Dean has presented at the Wisconsin Book Festival, Naperville Reads, and University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute, among other venues. As a journalist, he was the longtime editor of Isthmus, an arts critic, and a reporter who won many state and national awards. His television column ran in fifteen newspapers and magazines around the country, and he has written about the arts for USA Today, the Grammy Awards, the Village Voice, and dozens of other publications. He’s interviewed a wide range of arts figures, including Robert Redford, Yoko Ono, Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, and Ella Fitzgerald. Dean is also a regular contributor to Wisconsin Public Radio, which broadcasts his personal essays on arts and historical topics.

Learn more about Dean Robbins on his website.


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