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Corinne J. Naden (1930–) Biography - Personal, Career, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

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Born 1930, in Park Ridge, NJ; Education: New York University, B.S., 1959.

Career

Children's author and editor. Franklin Watts (publisher), New York, NY, children's book editor, c. 1970s; R.R. Bowker (publisher), New York, NY, senior editor for reference and professional books, c. 1980s. Military service: U.S. Navy, journalist, 1951–55.

Writings

The First Book of Rivers, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1967.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1968.

The Haymarket Affair, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1968.

The Chicago Fire, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1969.

Golf, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1970.

Grasslands around the World, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1970.

Let's Find out about Bears, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1971.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1971.

Let's Find out about Frogs, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1972.

The Nile River, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1972.

Woodlands around the World, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1973.

The Colony of New Jersey, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1974.

The Mississippi, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1974.

Driving Your Bike Safely, Messner, 1979.

(With John T. Gillespie) Junior Plots 3, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1987.

(With John T. Gillespie) Seniorplots, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1989.

(With John T. Gillespie) Best Books for Children, 4th edition, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1990.

Ronald McNair, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 1991.

Barbara Jordan, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 1992.

(With John T. Gillespie) Junior Plots, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1993.

(With John T. Gillespie) Middleplots 4, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1994.

(With John T. Gillespie) Best Books for Children, 5th edition, R.R. Bowker (New York, NY), 1994.

I Can Read about Sharks, illustrated by Paul Lopez, Troll Associates (Mahwah, NJ), 1996.

(With John T. Gillespie) The Newbery Companion: Booktalk and Related Materials for Newbery Medal and Honor Books, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 1996, 2nd edition, 2001.

(Compiler with John T. Gillespie) Characters in Young-Adult Literature, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1997.

(With John T. Gillespie) Teenplots: A Booktalk Guide to Use with Readers Ages 12-18, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 2003.

NONFICTION; COAUTHOR WITH ROSE BLUE

Barbara Bush: First Lady, Enslow (Hillside, NJ), 1991.

Christa McAuliffe: Teacher in Space, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1991.

Colin Powell: Straight to the Top, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1991.

John Muir: Saving the Wilderness, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1992.

U.S. Navy, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1993.

U.S. Air Force, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1993.

U.S. Coast Guard, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1993.

Whoopi Goldberg: Entertainer, Chelsea House (New York, NY), 1994.

People of Peace, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1994.

Jerry Rice, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 1994.

Working Together against Hate Groups, Rosen (New York, NY), 1994.

Black Sea, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1995.

Andes Mountains, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1995.

The White House Kids, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 1995.

Staying out of Trouble in a Troubled Family, Twenty-first Century Books (Brookfield, CT), 1998.

You're the Boss: Positive Attitude and Work Ethics, Peoples Publishing Group (Maywood, NJ), 1999.

Madeleine Albright: U.S. Secretary of State, Blackbirch Press (Woodbridge, CT), 1999.

Why Fight?: The Causes of the American Civil War, Raintree (Austin, TX), 2000.

The Duty to Rescue, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

Belle Starr and the Wild West, Blackbirch Press (Woodbridge, CT), 2000.

Chris Rock, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2000.

Jonas Salk: Polio Pioneer, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2001.

Cleopatra, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Punishment and Rehabilitation, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

The History of Gospel Music, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2001.

Benjamin Banneker: Mathematician and Stargazer, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2001.

Wesley Snipes, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Halle Berry, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Dian Fossey: At Home with the Giant Gorillas, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2002.

New York ("States" series), MyReportLinks.com (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2002.

Monica Seles, Chelsea House (Philadelphia, PA), 2002.

Harriet Tubman: Riding the Freedom Train, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2003.

Tony Blair, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2003.

Nicholas Cage, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2003.

Mississippi ("States" series), MyReportLinks.com (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2003.

Massachusetts ("States" series), MyReportLinks.com (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2003.

Mae Jemison: Out of This World, Millbrook Press (Brookfield, CT), 2003.

John Travolta, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2003.

Wilma Rudolph, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Lenin, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2004.

George W. Bush, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2004.

Mormonism, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2004.

Muammar Qaddafi, Lucent Books (San Diego, CA), 2005.

Maya Angelou, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Cornel West, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Condoleezza Rice, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Marbury v. Madison: The Court's Foundation ("Supreme Court Milestones" series), Benchmark Books (Tarrytown, NY), 2005.

Dred Scott: Person or Property? ("Supreme Court Milestones" series), Benchmark Books (Tarrytown, NY), 2005.

Coauthor, with Blue, of "Heroes Don't Just Happen" multicultural biography series.

NONFICTION; "HOUSE DIVIDED" SERIES; COAUTHOR WITH ROSE BLUE

The Bloodiest Days: The Battles of 1861 and 1862, Raintree (Austin, TX), 2000.

Chancellorsville to Appomattox: The Battles of 1863 to 1865, Raintree (Austin, TX), 2000.

Civil War Ends: Assassination, Reconstruction, and the Aftermath, Raintree (Austin, TX), 2000.

NONFICTION; "WHO'S THAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE" SERIES; COAUTHOR WITH ROSE BLUE

The Founding Years: 1789 to 1829, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

The Formative Years: 1829 to 1857, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

The Expansive Years: 1857 to 1901, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

The Progressive Years: 1901 to 1933, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

The Turbulent Years: 1933 to 1969, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

The Modern Years: 1969 to 2001, Raintree (Austin, TX), 1998.

NONFICTION; "GREAT PEOPLES AND THEIR CLAIM TO FAME" SERIES; COAUTHOR WITH ROSE BLUE

The Aztecs and Tenochtitlan, Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

Ancient Romans and the Colosseum, Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

Ancient Maya and Tikal, Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

Ancient Greeks and the Parthenon, Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

Ancient Egyptians and the Pyramids, Lake Street (Minneapolis, MN), 2003.

NONFICTION; "EXPLORING THE AMERICAS" SERIES; COAUTHOR WITH ROSE BLUE

Exploring the Southeastern United States, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Exploring the Pacific Northwest, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Exploring the Mississippi River Valley, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Exploring Northeastern America, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Exploring the St. Lawrence River Region, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Exploring the Western Mountains, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Exploring the Southwestern United States, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Exploring the Arctic, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Exploring South America, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Exploring Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Work in Progress

More works of nonfiction.

Sidelights

Together with frequent coauthor Rose Blue, Corine J. Naden is the author of numerous books for elementary-aged readers that focus on U.S. history and culture, as well as books detailing the lives of men and women who have achieved greatness in many areas, including polio vaccine creator Jonah Salk; political leaders George W. Bush, Vladimir Lenin, Tony Blair, and Muammar Qaadafi; athletes Wilma Rudolph and Jerry Rice; civil servants Madeleine Albright and Condolezza Rice; and actors Nicholas Cage, Halle Berry, and Whoopi Goldberg. Praising the coauthors for their "clear, accessible language" in Lenin, Booklist reviewer Gillian Engberg added that Naden and Blue are careful to explain the terminology surrounding Lenin's rise to power in Russia following World War I, and also "offer plenty of historical background." In Muammar Qaadafi their discussion of the life of the Libyan ruler was praised for being "up to date" and a "useful choice" for young researchers, according to School Library Journal contributor Elizabeth Stumpf.

"Nonfiction fascinates me," Naden once told SATA, "it always has. I remember the sense of anticipation I used to feel on the first day of a high school or college class, pen ready and blank notebook open to capture all the marvelous new information that was going to come my way. I get that same sense today when I sit in front of the computer with brand new materials spread all over the desk, but now I'm the one about to send out all that marvelous new information—perhaps to someone who'll receive it with the same thrill I did."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, March 1, 1997, Hazel Rochman, review of The Newbery Companion, p. 1177; November 15, 1997, review of Characters in Young-Adult Literature, p. 575; December 1, 1998, Ilene Cooper, review of Madeleine Albright: U.S. Secretary of State, p. 663; February 15, 2003, Carolyn Phelan, review of Mae Jemison: Out of This World, p. 1082; June 1, 2004, Gillian Engberg, review of Lenin, p. 1751; February 1, 2005, John Peters, review of Dred Scott: Person or Property?, p. 976.

Kliatt, January, 2002, review of Wesley Snipes, p. 23; January, 2004, Paula Rohrlick, review of Teenplots, p. 32.

School Library Journal, January, 1998, Marilyn Fairbanks, review of Colin Powell, p. 119; June, 1999, Sylvia V. Meisner, review of Staying out of Trouble in a Troubled Family, p. 140; January, 2000, Mary Mueller, review of "House Divided" series, p. 150; January, 2001, Patricia Ann Owens, review of Belle Starr and the Wild West, p. 152; September, 2001, Edith Ching, review of Banjamin Banneker, p. 239; January, 2002, Sue Sherif, review of Jonas Salk, p. 162; June, 2003, Shauna Yusko, review of Harriet Tubman, p. 124; February, 2004, Susan McCaffrey, review of Teenplots, p. 175; November, 2004, Deanna Romriell, review of Mormonism, p. 170; February, 2005, reviewing Exploring the Arctic and Exploring the Western Mountains, p. 145; May, 2005, review of Muammar Qaddafi, p. 154.

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almost 5 years ago

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