Candace Fleming

About

Candace Fleming is the author of Giant Squid, an ALA Notable Book and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, and numerous other books for children. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois. From the Author: I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade, I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France. I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth. But I wasn't. I didn't have a three-legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I'd certainly never been to Paris, France. I simply enjoyed telling a good story . . . and seeing my listener's reaction. Sure, some people might have said I was a seven-year-old fibber. But not my parents. Instead of calling my stories fibs they called them imaginative. They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper. I did. And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn't stop. I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays. I still have many of those notebooks. They're precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on. In second grade, I discovered a passion for language. I can still remember the day my teacher, Ms. Johnson, held up a horn-shaped basket filled with papier-mΓ’chΓ© pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word cornucopia. I said it again and again. I tasted the word on my lips. I tested it on my ears. That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting Cornucopia! Cornucopia! From then on, I really began listening to words -- to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel. I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful and yet told a story. As I grew, I continued to write stories. But I never really thought of becoming an author. Instead, I went to college, where I discovered yet another passion -- history. I didn't realize it then, but studying history was really just an extension of my love of stories. After all, some of the best stories are true ones -- tales of heroism and villainy made more incredible by the fact they really happened. After graduation, I got married and had children. I read to them a lot, and that's when I discovered the joy and music of children's books. I simply couldn't get enough of them. With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library. I read stacks of books. I found myself begging, Just one more, pleeeease! while my boys begged for lights-out and sleep. Then it struck me. Why not write children's books? It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved -- stories, musical language, history, and reading. I couldn't wait to get started. But writing children's books is harder than it sounds. For three years, I wrote story after story. I sent them to publisher after publisher. And I received rejection letter after rejection letter. Still, I didn't give up. I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book. My career as a children's author had begun.

Titles

Muncha, Muncha, Muncha (1 Hardcover/1 CD) [With Hc Book]

Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

$29.95

True Stories

James Sturm, Jon Scieszka, et al.

$7.99
$7.35

Oh, No!

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

$7.99
$7.35

Honeybee: The Busy Life of APIs Mellifera

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

$18.99
$17.47

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

Deborah Hopkinson, Stephanie Hemphill, et al.

$18.99
$17.47

Boxes for Katje

Candace Fleming and Stacey Dressen-McQueen

$18.99
$17.47

Papa's Mechanical Fish

Candace Fleming and Boris Kulikov

$18.99
$17.47

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

Candace Fleming

$18.99
$17.47

Giant Squid

Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

$18.98
$17.46

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

Candace Fleming and Julie Downing

$18.99
$17.47