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General Information

Name:  Candace Fleming  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: in 1962 in Mt. Prospect, Illinois


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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 Jam
  • 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
  • Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom!, Schwartz & Wade, 2017
  • The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist, Schwartz & Wade, 2018
  • Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen, Schwartz & Wade, 2018
  • Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All, Schwartz & Wade, 2018 - written with M.T. Anderson, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Linda Sue Park and Deborah Hopkinson


Selected Titles At Your Library

Professor Fergus Fahrenheit and his wonderful weather machine /
ISBN: 0671870475. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1994.

When the inhabitants of Dry Gulch wonder if they will survive the terrible drought that afflicts their town, Professor Fahrenheit offers to bring them rain with his amazing weather machine.

Women of the lights /
ISBN: 0807591653. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1996.

Chronicles the lives of women who lived and worked in lighthouses, braving seas and storms, rescuing people from icy waters, and lovingly caring for their lights.

Madame LaGrande and her so high, to the sky, uproarious pompadour /
ISBN: 0679958355. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1996.

Madame LaGrande strives to be the most fashionable lady in Paris, but when her hairdresser creates a spectacular pompadour for her, the results are disastrous.

Gabriella's song /
ISBN: 060621206X. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. 2001, ©1997.

A young girl finds music all around her as she walks about the city of Venice, Italy, and she shares her song with everyone she meets.

Westward ho, Carlotta! /
ISBN: 0689810636. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©1998.

Tired of opera houses, world-famous singer Calotta Carusa travels to the American West, where her magnificent voice tames even the most hardened bad guys & has a series of amazing adventures.

Gator gumbo :
ISBN: 0374380503. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. New York :. 2004.

A hungry alligator, slow with age, hopes to catch some good meat to add to his spicy gumbo.

Tippy-tippy-tippy-hide! /
ISBN: 0689874790. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2007.

Having worked all summer at keeping bunnies out of his garden, Mr. McGreely looks forward to a peaceful winter--if only he can keep those naughty bunnies from invading his home.

Who invited you? /
ISBN: 0689831536. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2001.

A rhyming counting tale in which Possum, Skunk, Frog, and other animals join a procession through the swamp, one with a potentially dangerous conclusion.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! /
ISBN: 0689831528. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2002.

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

When Agnes caws /
ISBN: 0689851189. OCLC Number:

Aladdin Paperbacks,. New York :. 2002, ©1999.

"When eight-year-old Agnes Peregrine, an accomplished birdcaller, travels with her parents to the Himalayas in search of the elusive pink-headed duck, she encounters a dastardly foe."

Boxes for Katje /
ISBN: 0374309221. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2003.

After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.

Ben Franklin's almanac :
ISBN: 0689835493. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2003.

Brings together eighteenth century etchings, artifacts, and quotations to create the effect of a scrapbook of the life of Benjamin Franklin.

A big cheese for the White House :
ISBN: 0374406278. OCLC Number:

Farrar Straus Giroux,. [New York] :. 2004.

In 1801, the townspeople of Chesire, Massachusetts, create a gigantic cheddar cheese to present to President Jefferson at his New Year's Day party.

Smile, Lily! /
ISBN: 0689835485. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2004.

Family elders try everything to stop baby Lily from crying, but only her little brother knows exactly what to do.

This is the baby /
ISBN: 0374374864. OCLC Number:

Melanie Kroupa Books,. New York :. 2004.

A cumulative rhyme enumerating all the items of clothing that go on the baby who hates to be dressed, from the diaper often a mess to the jacket woolen and plaid.

Sunny Boy! :
ISBN: 0374372977. OCLC Number:

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. New York :. 2005.

In this fictionalized account, Sunny Boy, a 100-year-old tortoise, describes various events in his long life including the dangerous barrel ride over Niagara Falls that he takes with his daredevil owner on July 5, 1930.

Our Eleanor :
ISBN: 0689865449. OCLC Number:

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There has hardly been a life in the last century that Eleanor Roosevelt has not affected, in one way or another. From securing safe, low-cost housing for Kentucky's poor, to helping her grandchildren hang a tire swing on the White House's south lawn, to representing America as the first female delegate to the United Nations, Eleanor rarely kept a second of her life for herself -- and she wouldn't have had it any other way.

The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary School /
ISBN: 0375836721. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2007.

An unlikely teacher takes over the disorderly fourth-grade class of Aesop Elementary School with surprising results.

The Lincolns :
ISBN: 0375836187. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2008.

Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other.

Lowji discovers America /
ISBN: 1416958320. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2005.

A nine-year-old East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in suburban America.

The great and only Barnum :
ISBN: 0375841970. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Readers can visit Barnum's American Museum; meet Tom Thumb, the miniature man (only 39 in. tall) and his tinier bride (32 in.); experience the thrill Barnum must have felt when, at age 60, he joined the circus; and discover Barnum's legacy.

Imogene's last stand /
ISBN: 0375836071. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2009.

Enamored of history, young Imogene Tripp tries to save her town's historical society from being demolished in order to build a shoelace factory.

Seven hungry babies /
ISBN: 1416954023. OCLC Number:

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2010.

A mother bird frantically tries to keep her seven baby birds fed.

Clever Jack takes the cake /
ISBN: 0375849793. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2010.

A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess.

Amelia lost :
ISBN: 0375841989. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2011

Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.

Oh, no! /
ISBN: 0375842713. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2012.

A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.

On the day I died :
ISBN: 0375867813. OCLC Number:

Schwartz & Wade Books,. New York :. ©2012.

In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to sixteen-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.

Papa's mechanical fish /
ISBN: 0374399085. OCLC Number:

Margaret Ferguson Books,. New York :. 2013.

In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride. Includes notes about Lodner Phillips, the real inventor on whom the story is based.

Tippy-tippy-tippy, splash! /
ISBN: 1416954031. OCLC Number:

. .

Fed up with the constant presence of rabbits in his house and yard, Mr. McGreely goes to the beach for some fun but the pesky pufftails will not give him a break.

Guys read :
ISBN: 006196381X. OCLC Number:

. .

"Jon Scieszka's Guys Read anthology series for tweens turns to nonfiction in its fifth volume, True Stories. The fifth installment in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading features ten stories that are 100% amazing, 100% adventurous, 100% unbelievable--and 100% true. A star-studded group of award-winning nonfiction authors and journalists provides something for every reader, all aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Compiled and edited by real-life literature legend Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: True Stories is a mind-blowing collection of essays, biographies, how-to guides, and more, all proving that the truth is most definitely out there. Supports the Common Core State Standards"--

The family Romanov :
ISBN: 0375867821. OCLC Number:

. .

When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers -- and their eventual uprising -- Fleming draws a poignant portrait, complete with period photographs and primary source material.

Bulldozer's big day /
ISBN: 1481400975. OCLC Number:

. .

Bulldozer wants to invite all of his co-workers to a party to celebrate his special day, but to them it is just another day for scooping, sifting, stirring, and more.

Giant squid /
ISBN: 1596435992. OCLC Number:

. .

"A nonfiction picture book exploring the mysterious life of the elusive giant squid"--

Ben Franklin's in my bathroom! /
ISBN: 1101934069. OCLC Number:

. .

When ten-year-old Nolan and his little sister, Olive, find Ben Franklin in their kitchen, they do their best to guide Ben through the new world he helped form.

The amazing collection of Joey Cornell /
ISBN: 0399552383. OCLC Number:

. .

Joey Cornell collected everything -- anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. His collection grew and grew until he realized that certain pieces just looked right together. He assembled his doodads to create wonderful, magical creations out of once ordinary objects.

Strongheart :
ISBN: 1101934107. OCLC Number:

. .

A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 1524716197. OCLC Number:

. .

Seven award-winning young adult authors illuminate the lives of Britain's King Henry VIII and his six wives from different viewpoints.


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 Childrens 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

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