Candice Ransom

Candice  Ransom

Candice Ransom grew up slopping hogs and swatting gnats. Tractor Day was inspired by her stepfather, who would let her ride with him in a cantankerous tractor that dug up many things, including Civil War bullets and quartz arrowheads. Candice is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including many volumes of The Boxcar Children and Walker & Company's Liberty Street and The Promise Quilt. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, Frank, and their four cats. Visit her Web site at

Laura Bryant is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including God Gave Us You. She lives in a converted farmhouse in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia, where her neighbors, who work on family farms, helped her with Tractor Day. She says, Nothing is sweeter than the sound of an old tractor chugging down the road. Visit her Web site at