Skip to main content

Dean Robbins


Dean Robbins

Dean Robbins is a longtime newspaper editor, critic and reporter who has won many state and national awards for writing. His television column ran in fifteen newspapers and magazines around the country, and he has written about the arts for the Grammy Awards, the Village Voice, and dozens of other publications. He also reads his personal essays on public radio.
Dean has interviewed a lot of fascinating people, including actor Robert Redford, artist Yoko Ono, comedian Lily Tomlin and singer Ella Fitzgerald. His interest in history led him to a second career as a children’s author, focusing on two of his idols. Dean wrote TWO FRIENDS: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass to inspire elementary school students with a tale of America’s civil rights triumphs.
Dean lives with his wife and son in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dean Robbins

Books by Dean Robbins

Written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Lucy Knisley - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, History, Science

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.

Written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Nancy Zhang - Children's 4-8, Picture

When Alice Paul was a child, she saw her father go off to vote while her mother had to stay home. But why should that be? So Alice studied the Constitution and knew that the laws needed to change. But who would change them? She would! In her signature purple hat, Alice organized parades and wrote letters and protested outside the White House. She even met with President Woodrow Wilson, who told her there were more important issues to worry about than women voting. But nothing was more important to Alice. So she kept at it, and soon President Wilson was persuaded.

Written by Dean Robbins with illustrations by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko - Biography, Children's 4-8, Prejudice , Racism
Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea. The text by award-winning writer Dean Robbins teaches about the fight for women's and African Americans' rights in an accessible, engaging manner for young children.