Claudia Cangilla McAdam

Author of Works for Children and Young Adults

Click here to see Claudia (right) discuss her                              Life is good when this is the view from your kitchen window!
books on TV's "Off the Page" program. 


Every writer I know loves to read. That certainly is the case with me. When I was a kid, I would do my chores on Saturday morning with a book in hand (usually a Nancy Drew mystery). It was easy to multi-task if I was running the vacuum cleaner; not so easy if I was ironing. I remember describing to my mother, in great detail, the setting of a story I was reading, telling her what the campground in the book looked like—right down to the pine needles cushioning the ground. “You should have seen it!” I told my mom. She replied, “It’s like you were there.” And I was.

Story has the power to draw in readers and take them to a completely new place. It was an experience I treasured and craved. At age ten, I knew I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. And that’s exactly what I did. 

For the past three decades, I’ve been blessed to have my work published in scores of newspapers and magazines, and I have authored sixteen books. I write what I write because I must—the subject matter lures me, hooks me, drives me to tell a story. And along the way, I hope my readers find themselves right smack dab in the middle of that story. 

The following is a finalist in the Children's category for the
2016 Colorado Authors'
League Award

The Mermaid's Gift

(The story comes to life when you click here to see the book trailer!)

Long ago, on the tiny Venetian island of Burano, the villagers are starving. Brave Gianni sets out into the icy lagoon to catch fish to feed his people, leaving his fiancée Nicoletta to pray for his safe return. Gianni tries to catch fish for hours, but his net comes up empty every time. A sudden storm sweeps across the lagoon, washing Gianni overboard. He struggles to stay afloat. All hope seems lost until a beautiful mermaid appears in front of Gianni, bearing a gift that will change the lives of the people of Burano forever. This story is a beautiful adaptation of the Italian folktale of how Burano began crafting its famous lace. Rich, intricate illustrations by noted illustrator Traci Van Wagoner complement the delicate tale. Readers young and old will appreciate the heroic actions of the courageous and compassionate Gianni and the prayerful faithfulness and creativity of loyal Nicoletta.
FREE Discussion and Activities Guide

If you would like a FREE Discussion and Activities Guide to use with students, please fill out the form below, and in the "Comments" section, just state: Please send me the Discussion and Activities Guide for The Mermaid's GiftIndicate if you would like the secular version or the one for Christian Educators. It will soon be on its way to you!



And also newly available from Paraclete Press:

                                                             view the book trailer here
                                                      Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree

It’s Christmas Eve in the year 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest, Boniface, through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage. When the pair happens upon a group of men worshiping a sacred oak and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain, Boniface’s brave actions change their hearts and initiate the tradition of bringing evergreen trees into the home to shelter “loving gifts and lights of kindness.” Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a beautiful retelling of the legend of the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany. Includes "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree."                      

If you would like a FREE copy of "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree" to be emailed to you, please fill out the form below, and in the "Comments" section, just state: Please send me "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree." It will soon be on its way to you!

FREE Discussion and Activities Guide
If you would like a FREE Discussion and Activities Guide to use with students, please fill out the form below, and in the "Comments" section, just state: Please send me the Discussion and Activities Guide for Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree. It will soon be on its way to you!


Claudia discusses her new books (and more) with Ken Huck on Radio Maria.
Play the interview here:   

Here's an article about the books in the Highlands Ranch Herald.
              Thank you, All Souls School -- for a recent school visit (at my alma mater!)

While the 8th grade students got to wear their powder blue sweatshirts, I donned All Souls Spirits' colors of red and white for my visit to my old, beloved school. Thank you to 8th grade teachers Jessica Neibauer and Katie Perkins and to those terrific students for a most enjoyable morning discussing Awakening!

Here's the newest review 
for Awakening, as it appears 
on the image to read the review 
by Angele Liboiron.

Cheryl Carpinello, author of MG/Tween/YA Quest Books set in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, works hard to support the writing community. One thing she does is interview authors for her "Carpinello's Writing Pages" blog. Click on the image to the right to read the interview with Claudia.

And to read the author interview
as it appears on Catholic, click the image
to the 

Available Now:

Claudia's newest Kindle eBook is the nonfiction work
The Bones You Own  
A Kids' Introduction to the Human Skeleton

This book, written in verse, is a lyrical and entertaining
introduction into the basic bones of the skeleton and their functions.
The educational value is enhanced with the availability of a
FREE Discussion and Activities guide available by request from the "Resources" page.


In honor of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the print
edition of the picture book 
The Christmas Tree Cried, the Kindle eBook
version of this title (priced at just $3.99) IS NOW AVAILABLE!  Click here.

For a sneak peek, take a look at the book trailer by clicking on the image below:

And you can listen here to a radio interview with
Steffan Tubbs on Colorado's Morning News on 850 KOA.

For more information on how the Christmas tree for
the Blue Room in the White House is chosen each year,
there's resource material available by request from the "Resources" page.

Also available is a Discussion and Activities Guide for parents and educators.


In addition to its English edition, Awakening
has been published in a Polish language edition (center) and
is now available in a German language edition (right).

It's interesting to see the differences in the covers:

Recent Honor:
Claudia's work of fiction entitled "The Well," which appeared in the
May, 2013 issue of Highlights for Children, 
was a finalist for the
2014 Colorado Authors' League Award for short fiction. 


Claudia discusses some of her books in this interview with Stacy McKenzie, host of "Off the Page," a program from the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield, Colorado.

     ISBN 978-0-9860004-0-9 
Look inside this book. Click here.

    Signing books at a speaking engagement
          (photo by Herrera Photography)

Talking with customers perusing my books at the St. Thomas More Gift Shop in
Centennial, CO
(photo by Patti Barnard)

Tattered Cover book buyer Cathy Langer recommended A, B, See Colorado on Colorado Public Radio
Take a listen:


A, B, See Colorado

An alphabet book of the
Centennial State 

is the third children's book
collaboration by author
Claudia Cangilla McAdam
and photographer 
John Fielder

Available in bookstores
and at online retailers

Writing is fun... and so is working with collaborators! This is the group that produced Maria’s Mysterious Mission. From the left, the llama who inspired the story, the author (me!), illustrator Anna-Maria Crum, and photographer John Fielder.

Having writer-friends is a great blessing!
Fellow author Lisa Brown Roberts and I
manned the SCBWI table at the Colorado Council International Reading Association 
(CCIRA) conference. See Lisa's  new YA novel, How (Not) to Fall in Love.

Promoting one of my kids’ picture books on a television news program.

AND doing one of
my favorite things:

Speaking to the all-boys book club, the Unimagined Group, at St. Rose of Lima School in Denver, Colorado
(photo by James Baca, 
Denver Catholic Register)

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