Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom

When Ransom was 15, her dream was to write children’s books. Now, more than 40 years later, she’s still living that dream with 170+ published books. Award-winning books include Rebel McKenzieBones in the White House: Thomas Jefferson’s MammothApple Picking Day, Tooth Fairy’s Night, and the classic The Big Green PocketbookIn Ransom’s writing classes, students are encouraged to steep themselves in story and art, reach the child within, and seek their passions. Ransom teaches from the belief that everyone has grown up from a place of “good telling stories.” By learning their personal geographies and cultural myths, students are free to discover those good stories. They make their own maps, take creative risks, and steer toward the mystery. In Ransom’s writing classes, students are encouraged to steep themselves in story and art, reach the child within, and seek their passions. Ransom teaches from the belief that everyone has grown up from a place of “good telling stories.” By learning their personal geographies and cultural myths, students are free to discover those good stories. They make their own maps, take creative risks, and steer toward the mystery. https://candiceransom.com/

Areas of Expertise

  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Picture books

Courses Taught

  • Picture books
  • Nonfiction regional fiction
  • Memoir
  • Picture book illustrators

Education

  • M.A., Hollins University
  • M.F.A., Vermont College

Publications & Articles

  • Pumpkin Day
  • Iva Honeysuckle Meets her Match
  • Rebel McKenzie

Accomplishments

120 books for children and young adults: board books, biographies, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult fiction, and nonfiction.

Awards include Independent Publishers Silver Medal, American Library Association Recommended Book, Smithsonian Notable, William Allen White List, Texas Bluebonnet List, Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, New York Public Library Best 100 Books.

Research Interests

  • Mid-century children’s book illustrators
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Place in fiction