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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.


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

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) '''Send letters to ''' Candace Fleming c/o Random House Children’s Books 1745 Broadway, 10th Floor New York, NY 10019

Selected Titles At Your Library

A big cheese for the White House :
ISBN: 0374406278. OCLC Number: 52121452

Farrar Straus Giroux,. .

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

Amelia lost :
ISBN: 9780375841989. OCLC Number: 531718706

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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

Ben Franklin's almanac :
ISBN: 0689835493. OCLC Number: 49699409

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Ben franklin's almanac :
ISBN: 9781481417990. OCLC Number: 893158695

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

What good shall I do today' How Ben Franklin answered that question -- through his work as a writer, printer, statesman, and inventor -- forever established him as one of America's greatest figures. On one day in 1729 he published the first edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette; on another day he changed the Declaration of Independence by adding the famous words, We hold these truths to be self-evident; and it was all in a day's work when he planted the first willow trees in America. Modeled on his own Poor Richard's Almanack, this unique scrapbook captures Franklin's countless accomplishments. Biography and anecdote, cartoon and etching mesh to create a fascinating portrait of this most fascinating man. Anyone interested in the birth of American democracy ... or curious about the rise of the U.S. postal system ... or wondering how paper money came to be ... or wanting to know how Ben Franklin was part of it all, is sure to pore over Ben Franklin's Almanac.

Ben Franklin's in my bathroom!
ISBN: 9781101934067. OCLC Number: 970035464

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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.

Boxes for Katje /
ISBN: 0374309221. OCLC Number: 48966566

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

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.

Bulldozer's big day /
ISBN: 1481400975. OCLC Number: 861744834

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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.

Clever Jack takes the cake
ISBN: 9780307982575. OCLC Number: 821705118

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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

Clever Jack takes the cake /
ISBN: 0375849793. OCLC Number: 434613150

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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

Gabriella's song
ISBN: 0689841752. OCLC Number: 34192061

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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.

Gabriella's song /
ISBN: 060621206X. OCLC Number: 1023730567

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

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.

Gator gumbo :
ISBN: 0374380503. OCLC Number: 50503569

Farrar Straus Giroux,. .

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

Giant squid
ISBN: 9781596435995. OCLC Number: 923728105

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

Guys read :
ISBN: 006196381X. OCLC Number: 880959938

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"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"--

Guys read :
ISBN: 9780062316523. OCLC Number: 877893965

Walden Pond Press,. .

Guys Read: True Stories by Jon Scieszka has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

Imogene's last stand
ISBN: 9780385386548. OCLC Number: 900894690

Dragonfly Books,. .

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

Imogene's last stand /
ISBN: 0375836071. OCLC Number: 233813706

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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

Lowji discovers America
ISBN: 9781439107843. OCLC Number: 1036644338

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

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

Lowji discovers America /
ISBN: 1416958320. OCLC Number: 54960754

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Madame LaGrande and her so high, to the sky, uproarious pompadour /
ISBN: 0679958355. OCLC Number: 31816045

Knopf :. .

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.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
ISBN: 9781591129240. OCLC Number: 41070807

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

OH, NO!
ISBN: 1984852043. OCLC Number: 1042123229

Dragonfly,. .

This picture book reads like an instant classic.... Oh, yes! raved Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. Young children will delight in repeating the refrain OH, NO! as one animal after another falls into a deep, deep hole in this lively read-aloud. This simple and irresistible picture book by hugely popular picture book creators--Candace Fleming and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann--feels like a classic-in-the-making. Fans of Rohmann's Caldecott Medal--winning My Friend Rabbit, will be thrilled to see a new book created in the same expressive and comical style.

Oh, no! /
ISBN: 0375842713. OCLC Number: 489256901

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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: 740250629

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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.

On the day I died :
ISBN: 9780552573221. OCLC Number: 892869353

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Our Eleanor :
ISBN: 9780689865442. OCLC Number: 56729764

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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.

Papa's mechanical fish /
ISBN: 0374399085. OCLC Number: 809365641

Margaret Ferguson Books,. .

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.

Professor Fergus Fahrenheit and his wonderful weather machine
ISBN: 9781442402201. OCLC Number: 419816769

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Professor Fergus Fahrenheit and his wonderful weather machine /
ISBN: 0671870475. OCLC Number: 28337290

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Seven hungry babies
ISBN: 9781442436855. OCLC Number: 870956498

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Seven hungry babies /
ISBN: 1416954023. OCLC Number: 294061250

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Smile, Lily!
ISBN: 0743478746. OCLC Number: 56443799

Pocket,. .

Smile, Lily! /
ISBN: 0689835485. OCLC Number: 43060598

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Strongheart :
ISBN: 9781101934128. OCLC Number: 990838006

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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.

Sunny Boy! :
ISBN: 0374372977. OCLC Number: 54686377

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

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.

The amazing collection of Joey Cornell /
ISBN: 0399552383. OCLC Number: 982448362

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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.

The fabled fourth graders of Aesop Elementary School /
ISBN: 0375836721. OCLC Number: 70864393

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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

The family Romanov :
ISBN: 0375867821. OCLC Number: 858914429

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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.

The family Romanov :
ISBN: 9781936129515. OCLC Number: 916516816

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Here is the story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. 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.

The Great and Only Barnum
ISBN: 9781531879785. OCLC Number: 953983714

Brilliance Audio. .

The great and only Barnum :
ISBN: 0375841970. OCLC Number: 270129826

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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.

The hatmaker's sign
ISBN: 0613337611. OCLC Number: 55535227

Rebound by Sagebrush. .

The hatmaker's sign :
ISBN: 053107174X. OCLC Number: 1023769388

Scholastic,. .

To heal the hurt pride of Thomas Jefferson as Congress makes changes to his Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin tells his friend the story of a hatmaker and his sign.

The Lincolns :
ISBN: 9780375936180. OCLC Number: 180689984

Schwartz & Wade Books,. .

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.

This is the baby /
ISBN: 0374374864. OCLC Number: 49795526

Melanie Kroupa Books,. .

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.

Tippy-tippy-tippy, hide!
ISBN: 9781430108764. OCLC Number: 694758997

Live Oak Media,. .

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.

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!
ISBN: 9780545874342. OCLC Number: 917190499

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Mr. McGreely's wonderful day at the beach is almost ruined by 3 bunnies, until he helps them build a sandcastle.

Tippy-tippy-tippy, splash! /
ISBN: 1416954031. OCLC Number: 824670904

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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.

Tippy-tippy-tippy-hide! /
ISBN: 0689874790. OCLC Number: 68416581

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

Westward ho, Carlotta! /
ISBN: 0689810636. OCLC Number: 34191362

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

When Agnes caws
ISBN: 0689814712. OCLC Number: 37862638

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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.

When Agnes caws /
ISBN: 0689851189. OCLC Number: 50044043

Aladdin Paperbacks,. .

"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."

Who Invited You?
ISBN: 9781442402195. OCLC Number: 419816756

Atheneum. .

Who invited you? /
ISBN: 0689831536. OCLC Number: 41319987

Atheneum Books for Young Readers,. .

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

Women of the lights /
ISBN: 0807591653. OCLC Number: 31936681

A. Whitman,. .

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.