Candelaria Norma Silva writes children’s books that are meant to be read aloud.  They are inspired by the large, loving, close-knit extended family she grew up with in St. Louis, Missouri and her living and rearing her children in Boston, Massachusetts. Her experiences as a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, and a “play-Auntie” means she has many stories to tell!

In addition to being an author, Candelaria is an arts administrator and facilitator of parenting workshops. She connects community-based groups to the arts; coordinates the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston; and is Project Manager of the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund for programs at the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.

An active member of Boston’s cultural community, she is currently Chair of the Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation, Program Manager for the Fellowes Athenaeum Trust Fund of Boston Public Library, and Coordinator of the Creative Entrepreneur Fellowship of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston.

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

Available for Readings

Candelaria is available for readings – in person and virtual, book-signings, interviews, and workshops.  Recent readings and book signings have included: 

  • Nathan Hale Elementary School students at the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
  • Rozzie Bound Co-op Community-Owned Bookstore in Roslindale, MA
  • Family Access of Newton, Newton, MA
  • Black Authors Event at Roxbury Roots Montessori in Boston (Roxbury), MA
  • Joseph Osgood Elementary School in Cohasset, MA

Contact Candelaria for scheduling and to discuss fees: