Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom

In my children’s literature classes, both creative and critical, students are encouraged to steep themselves in story and art, reach the childlike place within, seek their passions. There are no wrong turns, only glorious side trips. In the trusted space of our class, students benefit from my 30 years of publishing experience, and shape lasting, heartfelt works.

I teach from the belief that we have all grown up from a place with “good telling stories.” By learning our personal geographies, we can tap into that source and tell our good telling stories. We make our own maps, take creative risks, steer toward the mystery. My Hollins classes are varied: writing picture books, pairing autobiographical children’s books with writing memoir, exploring children’s book illustrators from the Victorian Age to the 21st century, writing children’s nonfiction, journeying through regional literature while writing place-based fiction.

Areas of Expertise

  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Picture books

Courses Taught

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


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

Publications & Articles

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


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