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

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo’s First Woman Zookeeper by Candace Fleming; illus. by Julie Downing Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 8/20    978-0-8234-4318-5    $18.99 “Helen and Fred Martini longed for a baby,” begins this engaging picture-book biography. Fred spends his days working at the...

A Note from Me (June 25, 2020)

Dear friends: Oh, NO, did I just engage on Twitter? I thought I had learned my lesson. Nonfiction, though. The Horn Book editors had a rousing discussion of its protean nature in the May/June “Breaking the Rules” Special Issue of The Horn Book Magazine, but enough about them: I’m discovering...

Candace Fleming Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by   After writing about such American icons as Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Buffalo Bill, and Amelia Earhart, Candace Fleming takes a good close look at The Rise and Fall...

Review of Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 2/20    978-0-8234-4285-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4304-8    $11.99 A worker bee breaks out of her honeycomb cell and begins a task-filled life in her colony. The “teeming, trembling flurry” of bees within the...

Review of The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming Middle School, High School    Schwartz & Wade/Random    364 pp.    g 2/20    978-0-525-64654-9    $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64655-6    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64656-3    $10.99 Stitching together important life events, insightful anecdotes, and primary sources, Fleming (Amelia Lost, rev. 3/11; The Family Romanov, rev....

The Book That Changed My Life: A Galloping Good Story

Dear Mrs. Henry:You probably don’t remember me. It’s been a long time — forty-five years, can you believe it? — since I last wrote you. I was in fourth grade then, and my teacher Mrs. Rouse (I’m pretty sure I wrote you about her last time) assigned the class your...

Review of Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!by Candace Fleming; illus. by Lori NicholsPreschool    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g5/17    978-0-375-86648-7    $17.99Library ed. 978-0-375-96648-4    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-375-98767-0    $10.99A cozy evening scene with a girl reading in bed, her window overlooking the silhouette of a barn,...

The Family Romanov: Author Candace Fleming’s 2015 BGHB NF Award Speech

What a joy it is to celebrate with you, to laugh and talk, to make new friends and embrace old ones. Thank you to the Boston Globe–Horn Book judges for honoring this complicated, often dark tale from history. What a remarkable gift you have given me. As always, I am...

The Lincolns: Candace Fleming's 2009 BGHB Nonfiction Award Acceptance

Life truly is a lovely circle.Long ago, I enrolled in a children’s literature class. I wasn’t an education major, but I needed an elective, and children’s literature sounded like an easy A.I know better now.On the first day of class, Dr. Wood handed out a long, single-spaced reading list devoted...

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