Candelaria Norma Silva writes stories, essays and blog posts inspired by her upbringing in the rich Southern soil of a large extended family in St. Louis, Missouri. She remembers learning to read after being plopped into first grade knowing only the alphabet and colors.

Soon becoming an insatiable reader, young Candelaria checked out as many books as possible from the neighborhood library each week. She still loves to read, with special affection for reading and collecting children’s books that portray children of color.

At an early age, writing chose Candelaria. Writing provides a way to celebrate her family and community. Her experiences as a child, a mother, and a grandmother have given this author many stories to write!

Candelaria lives in the Dorchester community in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband. She looks forward to long summer “take-over” visits from her grandchildren.

Jump! Jump! Jump! Stacey is her second book featuring Stacey. Her first book, Stacey Became a Frog One Day, was published in October 2020.