Candace Fleming

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Name: Candace Fleming

Pen Name: Candace Groth-Fleming

Born: in 1962 in Mt. Prospect, Illinois

Website: www.candacefleming.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candace.fleming.books/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/candacemfleming

Email: cf@candacefleming.com



Photo Credit: Scott Fleming

Illinois Connection

Fleming was born in Mt. Prospect, graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and currently resides in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Candace Fleming is an adjunct professor at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois and is the prolific author of many critically acclaimed, bestselling books for children.

Published Works

  • Professor Fergus Fahrenheit and His Wonderful Weather Machine, Simon & Schuster, 1994
  • Women of the Lights, Albert Whitman, 1996
  • Madame LaGrande and Her So High, to the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour, Knopf, 1996
  • Gabriella`s Song, Atheneum, 1997
  • Westward Ho, Carlotta, Atheneum, 1998
  • The Hatmaker`s Sign, Orchard Books, 1998
  • Who Invited You?, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2001
  • Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2002
  • When Agnes Caws, Aladdin, 2002
  • Boxes for Katje, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
  • Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2003
  • Gator Gumbo, Ferrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
  • This Is the Baby, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
  • A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004
  • Smile, Lily!, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2004
  • Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2005
  • Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
  • Tippy-Tippy-Tippy-Hide, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007
  • The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, Schwartz & Wade, 2007
  • Lowji Discovers America, Aladdin, 2008
  • The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, Schwartz & Wade, 2008
  • The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum, Schwartz & Wade, 2009
  • Imogene's Last Stand, Schwartz & Wade, 2009
  • Seven Hungry Babies, Atheneum, 2010
  • Clever Jack Takes The Cake, Schwartz & Wade, 2010
  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Schwartz & Wade, 2011
  • Oh, No!, Schwartz & Wade, 2012
  • On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave, Schwartz & Wade, 2012
  • Papa's Mechanical Fish, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
  • Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!, Atheneum, 2014
  • Guys Read True Stories, Walden Pond Press, 2014 - written with Douglas Florian, Nathan Hale, Thanhha Lai, Sy Montgomery, Jim Murphy, T. Edward Nickens, Elizabeth Partridge, Steve Sheinkin and James Sturm
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, Schwartz & Wade, 2014
  • Bulldozer's Big Day, Antheneum, 2015
  • Giant Squid, Roaring Brook Press, 2016

Titles at Your Library

PROFESSOR FERGUS FAHRENHEIT AND HIS WONDERFUL WEATHER MACHINE

ISBN: 0671870475
Release Date: 1994-09-01

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Women of the Lights

ISBN: 0807591653
Release Date: 1995-10

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Madame Lagrande and Her So High, to the Sky, Uproarious Pompadour

ISBN: 0679958355
Release Date: 1996-06-11

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Gabriella's Song

ISBN: 060621206X
Release Date: 2002-02

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Westward Ho, Carlotta!

ISBN: 0689810636
Release Date: 1998-05-01

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Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin

ISBN: 0613337611
Release Date: 2000-09

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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!

ISBN: 0689874790
Release Date: 2007-01-23

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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

ISBN: 0689831528
Release Date: 2002-01-01

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When Agnes Caws

ISBN: 0689851189
Release Date: 2002-06-01

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Boxes for Katje (Rise and Shine)

ISBN: 0374309221
Release Date: 2003-09-12

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A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

ISBN: 0374406278
Release Date: 2004-03-01

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This Is the Baby (Melanie Kroupa Books)

ISBN: 0374374864
Release Date: 2004-08-12

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Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise

ISBN: 0374372977
Release Date: 2005-08-12

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Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life

ISBN: 0689865449
Release Date: 2005-10-01

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The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

ISBN: 0375836721
Release Date: 2007-08-14

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The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

ISBN: 0375836187
Release Date: 2008-10-14

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Lowji Discovers America

ISBN: 1416958320
Release Date: 2008-06-17

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Seven Hungry Babies

ISBN: 1416954023
Release Date: 2010-03-09

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Oh, No!

ISBN: 0375842713
Release Date: 2012-09-11

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The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

ISBN: 0375867821
Release Date: 2014-07-08

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Bulldozer's Big Day (The Bulldozer Books)

ISBN: 1481400975
Release Date: 2015-05-05

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Giant Squid (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards))

ISBN: 1596435992
Release Date: 2016-09-27

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Literary Awards

The Hatmaker's Sign

  • American Folklore Society Aesop Award
  • New York State Charlotte Book Award
  • NOTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
  • Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • Storytelling World Award

Imogene's Last Stand

  • New York Public Library 100 Books For Reading and Sharing Title

Gabriella's Song

  • ALA Children's Notable Book
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • NOTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
  • Parent's Choice Silver Honor Book
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

Gator Gumbo

  • Booksense 76 Book

When Agnes Caws

  • ALA Notable Book
  • CCBC Choices 2000
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • New York Public Library 1999 One hundred Books for Reading and Sharing
  • School Library Journal Best Book 1999

The Big Cheese

  • Bank Street College of Education Best Childrens' Book 2000
  • CCBC Choices 2000
  • Center for Children's Books Best Book, 1999
  • NCSS-CBS Notable Trade Book, 2000
  • Nest Literary Classic

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

  • ALA Children's Notable Book
  • Arizona Young Reader's Award, 2004
  • Book-Of-The-Month Club featured selection
  • California Young Reader Medal Winner 2004-2005
  • Capitol Choices (Washington DC) Book 2002
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • New York Public Library 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Reading and Sharing 2002
  • School Library Journal Best Book

Ben Franklin's Almanac

  • ALA Children's Notable Book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Association of Booksellers for Children Fall Favorite 2003
  • Book Links Best Book 2003
  • Booklist Top ten Biography for Youth, 2003
  • CCBC Choices 2004
  • Children's Literature Choice 2004
  • Great Lakes' Great Books Nominee 2005
  • James Madison Award Honor Book
  • Jefferson Cup Honor Book (Virginia Library Association) 2004
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Social StudiesTrade Book 2004
  • New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing, 2003
  • New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age, 2004
  • Parents Choice Gold Award Winner
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2003
  • Riverbank Review Children's Book of Distinction 2004
  • School Library Journal Best Book of 2003
  • Washington D.C. Capitol Choices Book 2003

Boxes for Katje

  • A CCBC Choices 2004
  • Booksense 76 Book
  • Carol D. Reiser Book Award For Inspiring Community Service in Children
  • Children's Literature Choice 2004
  • Great Lakes Book Award
  • IRA Teachers' Choice, 2004
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts 2004
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2004
  • New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing, 2003
  • Notable Book for a Global Society Award sponsored by IRA
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Winner
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2003
  • Washington D.C. Capitol Choices Book, 2003

This Baby

  • Miami Herald Best Book 2004
  • Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Toddler Book of 2004

Our Eleanor

  • ALA Notable Book
  • Best Book for Young Adults
  • Jefferson Cup winner, Virginia Library Association
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2005
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Winner
  • Parent's Choice Gold Medal
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book 2005
  • School Library Journal Best Book 2005

Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year 2008
  • CCBC Choices for 2008

The Lincolns

  • ALA Notable Books 2009
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction 2009
  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction 2009, Bank Street School of Education
  • Horn Book Best Book
  • IRA Teachers' Choices
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Young Adults
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
  • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • School Library Journal Best Book

The Great and Only Barnum

  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010
  • ALSC Notable Book 2010
  • Booklist Top Ten Biographies for Youth 2010
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book 2009
  • New York Public Library 100 Books For Reading and Sharing Title
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book 2009
  • VOYA "Perfect Ten"

Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2010
  • Parents' Choice Recommended Book

Clever Jack

  • Booklist Editors' Choice 2010
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2010
  • Parents' Choice Recommended Book
  • School Library Journal Best Books of 2010

Oh No!

  • Bull-Bransom Award for illustration, 2011

Amelia Lost

  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
  • Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, 2012
  • Horn Book, starred review
  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • School Library Journal, starred review

Lowji Discovers America

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

The Family Romanov

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
  • Robert F. Sibert Nonfiction Honor Book
  • YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
  • ALSC Notable Children’s Books, Older Readers, 2015
  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2014
  • Booklist Editors Top of the List for Youth Nonfiction 2014
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon 2014
  • Cybils Award in Nonfiction for Young Adults 2014
  • Horn Book Fanfare 2014
  • Huffington Post Great Kid Books for Gift-Giving 2014
  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book 2014
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2014
  • Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Books 2014
  • SCBWI Gold Kite Award for Nonfiction
  • School Library Journal Best Book 2014
  • Wall Street Journal 2014
  • Washington Post Best Books for Kids 2014

Bulldozer's Big Day

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Giant Squid

  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Award, American Library Association, 2017
  • Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA and CBC, 2017

Body of Work

  • 2006 Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

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Candace Fleming

c/o Random House Children’s Books

1745 Broadway, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10019

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