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General Information

Name:  Candace Fleming  

Pen Name: 

Genre: Fiction History 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.


Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Horn Book

What Isabella Wanted

Gold Standard Selection, Junior Library Guild

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

Next 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 Studies Trade 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, 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, 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

Fatal Throne

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

Starred Review, Kirkus, 2020

Starred Review, School Library Journal, 2020

Starred Review, Booklist, 2020

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, 2020

Starred Review, Bulletin, 2020

Starred Review, Horn Book, 2020

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Sibert Medal, 2021

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb

Illinois Reads Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2022

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)

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 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 helps out /
ISBN: 1481458949. OCLC Number: 957696419

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"Bulldozer proves that he can help on the construction site"--

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.

Bulldozer's Christmas dig /
ISBN: 1534438203. OCLC Number: 1227790953

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"It's Christmas Eve and Bulldozer doesn't know what to get his friends for Christmas. With a little creativity, he will turn trash into treasure"--

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.

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper
ISBN: 0823443183. OCLC Number: 1112128506

Neal Porter. .

"Readers are told the story of Helen Martini's care for lion and tiger cubs, and her emergence as the Bronx Zoo's first woman zookeeper"--

Eleanor Roosevelt's in my garage! /
ISBN: 1524767867. OCLC Number: 1054104005

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Thanks to the crystal radio / time machine that turned up on their doorstep, Nolan finds Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala in his closet. Just as he's explained things to Mrs. Roosevelt, Nolan's mother drives in with his sister, and mistakes Mrs. Roosevelt for the sitter she's hired to take care of the children while she's out of town. It's only for 24 hours, so what could go wrong?

Emma's circus /
ISBN: 0374399077. OCLC Number: 953843722

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"A girl is excited when the circus comes to town, but her family on the farm is too busy with chores to enjoy it"--

Fatal throne :
ISBN: 1524716197. OCLC Number: 1000526999

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

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.

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--

Go sleep in your own bed! /
ISBN: 0375866485. OCLC Number: 876833436

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When Pig plops into his sty at bedtime, he finds Cow sleeping there and must send her off to her stall, setting off a chain reaction of animals being awakened to move to their own beds.

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"--

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
ISBN: 0823442853. OCLC Number: 1043055885

Neal Porter Books. .

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: 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: 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.

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.

Presenting Buffalo Bill :
ISBN: 1596437634. OCLC Number: 910980895

. .

"Everyone knows the name Buffalo Bill, but few these days know what he did or, in some cases, didn't do. Was he a Pony Express rider? Did he serve Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Did he scalp countless Native Americans, or did he defend their rights? This, the first significant biography of Buffalo Bill Cody for younger readers in many years, explains it all. With copious archival illustrations, Presenting Buffalo Bill makes the great showman come alive for new generations. Extensive back matter, bibliography, and source notes complete the package.

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.

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: 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 curse of the mummy :
ISBN: 1338596616. OCLC Number: 1224300867

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"During the reign of the New Kingdom of Egypt, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled and died tragically young. In order to send him on his way into the afterlife, his tomb was filled with every treasure he would need after death. And then, it was lost to time, buried in the sands of the Valley of the Kings. His tomb was also said to be cursed. Centuries later, as Egypt-mania gripped Europe, two Brits -- a rich earl with a habit for gambling and a disreputable, determined archeologist -- worked for years to rediscover and open Tutankhamun's tomb. But once it was uncovered, would ancient powers take their revenge for disturbing and even looting the pharaoh's resting place? What else could explain the mysterious illnesses, accidents, and deaths that began once it was found?"--

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 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: 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.

The rise and fall of Charles Lindbergh /
ISBN: 052564654X. OCLC Number: 1098229801

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"A riveting biography of one of America's most celebrated heroes, and most complicated, troubled men, Charles Lindbergh"--

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: 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.

What Isabella Wanted.
ISBN: 0823442632. OCLC Number: 1249751332

. .

"The true story of Isabella Stewart Gardner's mission to turn her home into a unique art museum"

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.

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.